Classic Boat by Journal of Sailing – 5 large youngtimers from 1999 (14-17 m)


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Oyster 53 (16.15 m; 1999; Rob Humphreys), one of 5 Classic Boats from 1999 featured in this article

New year, new used boats: here come the “1999 class.” To open the year, speaking of Classic Boats, several hulls, including 34 mass-built fiberglass models that, now, become Classic Boats of historic value, have just turned 25 years old since their first launch. This adds 34 Classic Boats to the more than 200 already surveyed by our editorial staff(find them HERE). And their value increases.

Class of 1999 – 5 Classic Boats d 14.6 to 16.7 meters

Do they increase in value? Yes, but a value that is not only affective, but a real increase in the value they deserve because of their characteristics of innovation, beauty, quality, and performance. There are, in fact, boats that are worth more than others and will be worth even more over time. By now we have several times, these are the Classic Boat by Sailing Newspaper, boats built in fiberglass and in series since 1967 and with a minimum of 25 years on their shoulders, selected on the basis of very precise canons that transcend the age of the artifact and focus on its intrinsic historical value, starting with the overall design qualities and originality of the boat in its context. Below are 5 boats from the new 1999-related upgrade, Classic Boats from 14.6 to 16.7 meters.

  • Do you have a Classic Boat and want to enhance it? We explain how to do it at the end of the article!


J/Boats; 14.66 x 3.96 m; 1995; Johnstone

It is Johnstone’s answer for those who are looking for a fast-performing hull, but who do not want to sacrifice the comfort of a protected cockpit, manageable rigs, and comfortable interior. In short, it’s another performance cruiser from J, who with the 145 signs a thoroughbred for the high seas, a hull that knows how to hybridize cruising with the performance suited to those who also want to race.

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Zuanelli; 15.72 x 4.53 m; 1999; Studio Starkel

Studio Starkel and Zuanelli make quite a splash. It is 1999 and the Z49 is born, an elegant and quality cruiser that nevertheless knows how to perform well. The deck is clean, streamlined, but below the waterline the volumes are performant, powerful, with a much-appreciated pitch on the wave. And there is no shortage of comfort. All, on a hull still in production…

Zuanelli 49


Nauticat; 15.8 x 4.60 m; 1999; Sparkman & Stephens

Sparkman & Stephens sign a bluewater that tends to be associated with motorsailers, but instead can sail, although the high deckhouse and lowered pilot-house may be misleading. In fact, the New York studio hides lines under the waterline that know what they are doing, sleek and with an elongated keel to reduce draft. As a true Nordic cruiser, the interior is mega.

Nauticat 515


Oyster Yachts; 16.15 x 4.8 m; 1999; Rob Humphreys

This is the second Oyster signed by Humphreys, an excellent hull, a perfect blend of performance and comfort. Voted for deep-sea cruising, strong with a protected central cockpit and impeccable interior, this is a hull that knows how to be well liked, fast and seaworthy. As many as 52 hulls launched are a demonstration of this.

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Oyster 53


Contest Yachts; 16.75 x 4.65 m; 1999; Georg Nissen & Doug Peterson

It is a globe-trotter-cruiser, that is, a thoroughbred bluewater, the ultimate globetrotting boat. Central cockpit, large interior volumes and smart, rational deck make it a comfortable and safe hull, but this does not exclude performance. This was one of the first notes he received from the press at the time. Performance is well above what might be expected.

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Contest 55 CS

The three steps to enhance your Classic Boat

Well, is your boat a Classic Boat? Now we explain how to dignify Classic Boats by Journal of Sailing and increase their value. We have created a network of professionals dedicated to precisely this enhancement.

  • The first mandatory step in enhancing the value of a historic Classic Boat by Giornale della Vela is appraisal. We have identified two “top” appraisers(Davide Zerbinati and Danilo Fabbroni) who can draw up a real Classic Boat certification and see the historical value of the boat recognized. Only by careful analysis of the state of the property and its maintenance over the years, as well as checking that the original design has not been distorted, can its value be certified.
  • Insurance is the second essential step, after the appraisal. Today it is difficult for an insurance company to value a boat that is at least 25 years old for its true value. With the Classic Boat initiative, once an appraisal is obtained from our two appraisers, the intrinsic value of the boat is also received by the insurance broker David Assicurazioni. And if the appraisal certified the boat’s excellent condition–the premium becomes more affordable! HERE you can find out more about insurance!
  • Buying and selling is the third step that required dedicated professionals: we involved one of Italy’s leading brokers(Abayachting) capable of transposing the real value of each of the current 188 selected boats, both in the case of selling and buying. It helps you sell it or buy it at the best price by selecting the best buyer or buyer, performing an assessment of the boat’s condition.
  • Our “dream team” of appraisers, insurers and brokers can be contacted with one click directly from the boat tabs (Link here).

BARCHE USATE Che affare essere una Classic Boat!




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