5 Classic Cruising Boats from 15.49 to 16.06 meters


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The 5 boats in this 19th article, Classic Boats memorable from 15.49 to 16.06 meters

5 Classic Boats from 15.49 to 16.06 meters

Among the large boats sailing today under the name of

“Classic Boat”

, so many were not only exceptional and innovative objects, but also true trend-setters, boats that, in their foresight, were able to set new standards for the market. In this 19th episode, more “traditional,” but in turn nonetheless disruptive, creations flank these former ones, underscoring how diverse the market knew how to be and how flexible the designers’ own abilities were, as Frers, Farr and the others featured here will well demonstrate. Altogether, then, here are five more memorable Classic Boats, from 15.49 to 16.06 meters.


Jeanneau | 15.49 x 4.88 m | 1989 | Bruce Farr / J&J Design

At the 1988 Paris Boat Show, it stunned visitors because of the double rudders in the cockpit, until then the prerogative of sport boats. There is the hand of crest-of-the-wave designer Bruce Farr (with the collaboration of Slovenians J&J), who has come up with an innovative cruiser that is fast, easy to handle, and has beautiful lines. It went down a storm, setting the new standard for cruisers.

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Jeanneau – SUN ODYSSEY 51 – 1989


Nautor Swan | 15.62 x 4.47 m | 1980 | German Frers

The first Swan designed by German Frers, who abandoned Sparkman &Stephens. This would be enough to make it an iconic boat, but the Swan 51 is also an unmistakable design, distinguished by elegance and excellent sailing performance. Produced in 36 examples, 10 years after its first launch in 1991, it was still proving competitive, winning the 1991 IOR championship.

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Nautor Swan – SWAN 51 – 1981

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Beneteau | 15.63 x 4.55 m | 1987 | German Frers

The First 51 is Beneteau’s boat that comes closest in quality to boats from northern European yards. Frers’ design, derived from a racing prototype, is impeccable. Due to the maximum beam of as much as 4.55 m the spaces above and below deck are unusual for the time. Frers in a state of grace.

Beneteau – FIRST 51 – 1987


Amel | 16.00 x 4.60 m | 1989 | H. Amel & J. Carteau

Derived from its predecessor Maramu, the Super Maramu is the epitome of the boat for living aboard going around the world. No concession to passing fads, only rationality. Armed with two ketch masts, it was incredibly successful: 400 were produced.

Amel – SUPER MARAMU – 1989


J-Boats | 16.06 x 4.42 m | 1996 | Johnstone

When J/Boats begins to wink more at cruising than racing. Despite a limited production run of 35, the J/160 is still a great boat today. Exceptional cruiser, capable of excellent comfort, does not disdain to compete in racing as well. One of the most successful hybrids, and it’s beautiful, too.

J-Boats – J/160 – 1996

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Classic Boat – Comparison Data

Sun Odyssey 51 Swan 51 First 51 Super Maramu J/160
LOA 15.49 m 15.62 m 15.63 m 16.00 m 16.06 m
LWL 12.90 m 12.90 m 13.15 m 12.60 m 14.48 m
MAX BAGLIO. 4.88 m 4.47 m 4.55 m 4.60 m 4.42 m
FISHING. 1.83 m 2.71 m 2.80 m 2.05 m 2.13 m
DISLC. 13,998 kg 17,962 kg 13,000 kg 16,000 kg 14,152 kg
S. SAILING (R+G) 124.49* sqm 119.94* sqm 115.94* sqm 120.96* sqm 127.83* sqm
YEAR 1989 1980 1987 1989 1996

Don’t miss the upcoming releases, every Tuesday and Friday. In the next article:

  • GRAND SOLEIL 52 | Cantiere del Pardo
  • NAUTA 54 | Nauta SNC
  • C&C 61 | C&C Yachts
  • ULDB 65 | VR Yachts
  • SWAN 65 | Nautor Swan

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Find out what are the previous 55 Classic Boat memorable by Journal of Sailing. Find all the episodes listed below.

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