Great boats and fragments of sailing history: here are your Classic Boats


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Here are 4 of the hundreds of Classic Boats you have sent us, you can find them all under the Menu “Your Classic Boats”

Your Classic Boats

We asked you to tell us about your Classic Boat, your over-25-year-old boats-serious and non-serious-and you have done so by the hundreds, constantly enriching the page devoted to them (you can find it HERE), a kind of encyclopedia now, an archive where anyone can enter, tell, and see their boat celebrated (we explain it all HERE). In light of this great turnout and, indeed, to celebrate and highlight so many of these great boats, individually, here are some of your Classic Boats, boats of “long standing” but undoubtedly still capable of great satisfaction.

Do you have a Classic Boat to report? Are you a Classic Boat owner? Place it in our archive at
this link
Entering your boat of historical value is super easy. Just enter data and description of the boat. The editors will publish it in a very short time.

Zàffira – Hallberg Rassy 42F

Designed by the legendary hands of Frers, the 42F is a model that fits into the already large collection of successes of Hallberg Rassy, yard/forge of safe, quality, globetrotting boats par excellence. The 42F is designed in ’90, a 13.22-meter where comfort and safety marry the elegance of Frers’ hand, proving to be a success with over 230 units produced. It is the long cruising boat by definition: easy, safe, takes you anywhere, anytime.

To learn more and to discover Zàffira specifically (#12 – 1991), click
and you will be directed to her detailed page within our archive.

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Zàffira – Hallberg Rassy 42F

Ossanha- Impala 35 CN71

Also known as S&S34, the Impala 35 (10 m) was a major design by Sparkman & Stephens and built, in Italy, by Cantieri Navali 71 in Castiglione della Pescaia. From its beginnings, with an overall victory in the 1969 Sydney-Hobart, it proved to be an outstanding hull, a purest example of sleek, harmonious lines. Ossanha, specifically, is the 23rd hull built, launched in 1973 and owned by the current owner since 1988, who has always kept her with great care, without changing her original spirit to any extent, so much so that, still, all the headsails do not lack garrocci!

As with Zàffira, Ossanha is also in our archives, and you can find her
, to read its history and explore its details.

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Ossanha- Impala 35 CN71

Athena (formerly Splash) – Sangermani 48

Bringing us into the world of the One-Off intervenes Athena, a Sangermani 48 designed Sparkman & Stephens and, as if that were not enough, she is the “grandmother” of the Swan 48, a great success of the same designers, mass-produced by Nautor Swan on the very design of this first jewel. At 14.71 meters long, Athena was lovingly unearthed in 2020, after “16 years of seclusion,” as the owner recounts on the page dedicated to her in our archives (
). Now, refitted and updated properly, she competes and sails as she deserves to do, racing both in the AIVE circuits and at events to which she is admitted, including a remarkable 136th placing at the recent (and windy) Barcolana 2022.

Athena (Formerly Splash) – Sangermani 48 S&S

Classic Boats. Golondrina (formerly Ojalà) – Carlini Shipyards

At 11.24 meters, Golondrina is another great example of an IOR-era One-Off, a design created by Carlini Shipyards in 1968, as well as a grand One Tonner. The lines exemplify the spirit of her time to perfection, with narrow beam, important soaring and elegance to spare. The rigging is typically “early IOR,” carried at the masthead and with an abundant genoa, to which is invariably added a spinnaker, again rigged at the masthead.Another great example of a Classic Boat, with a remarkable pedigree moreover. And, as with previous ones, you can find out more about them
, at its dedicated page.

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Golondrina (formerly Ojalà) – Carlini Shipyards

Overall, 4 great projects, but most importantly 4 great boats. Two absolutely unique, and two equally so, although mass-produced, because despite the design, each boat then becomes a “creature” in its own right, unique in its own way, and as such should be respected and told. So keep sending us your boats, find all the information you need HERE, and we will take care to publish and tell them with all the respect they deserve.

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