Classic Boats of Historical Value: 5 large new entries “small size” (6.5 – 9.8 m)


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The Hallberg Rassy 312, one of the 5 Classic Boats featured in this article.

Classic Boats of Historical Value by Giornale della Vela never stops updating! More than 250 boats (two hundred and fifty!you can find them HERE) are and will be able to increase in value, finally receiving the recognition they deserve. And many more will be added. In short, having a Classic Boat is finally becoming a fortune again, as well as a boast.

Classic Boats of Historical Value: 5 great new entries from 6.5 to 9.8 meters

They increase in value. But not only an emotional value. A real increase in the value they deserve due to 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. We have talked about them several times now, these are the Classic Boats, boats built in fiberglass and in series since 1967 (with deserving exceptions) and with a minimum of 25 years on their backs, 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 upgrade, 5 Classic Boats from 6.5 to 9.6 meters.



Dufour; 6.52 x 2.41 m; 1964; Michel Dufour

An indispensable piece of nautical history: it is Michel Dufour’s first creature, even before the legendary Arpége. Dufour builds it for himself and races with it, but it immediately shocks in innovation and conception. It is the birth of a myth; everyone wants it. Dufour will sell 400 of them, starting the shipyard of the same name. Small, nimble, and cabin cruiser, it was a revolution in the boating world, introducing new volumes and shapes and, most importantly, lowering costs through fiberglass.



J-Boats; 8 x 2.51 m; 1992; Johnstone

Agile, fast and easy to handle, while capable of becoming technical in the right measure, the J/80 was Johnstone’s answer to the early 1990s monotype: a success. On the wave of the earlier J/24, it is a boat that is depopulating, manageable, fun, and strong on a great circuit.



Camper & Nicholson Ltd.; 9.14 x 3.12 m; 1977; Ron Holland

It is the late 1970s, and the shipyard also wants to demonstrate the quality of its hulls on the IOR Half Tonner segment. The Nicholson 303 is already a good hull, but more can be done. With Ron Holland comes the birth of the Nicholson ½ Ton, precisely a Half Tonner designed to dominate between the buoys, a goal that does not fail to prove attainable. Small, agile and fast, it was built in 28 examples.

Nicholson 1/2 Ton


Hallberg Rassy; 9.42 x 3.08 m; 1979; Christoph Rassy / Olle Enderlein

A small cult item that remained in production for over 13 years, with as many as 690 built, the HR 312 is one of the shipyard’s most popular designs. As is often the case, there are different versions depending on the year of production, mainly recognizable by the deckhouse, lacking, or not, a porthole. In terms of design and quality, only praise. It is a small masterpiece, not for nothing among the most coveted bluewater, despite its size.

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Hallberg Rassy 312


Beneteau; 9.83 x 3.2 m; 1998; Groupe Finot

It was born with the specific intention of being a cruising hull, but the hull is the powerful derivation of the previous Figaro 1. The result is a hull with performance potential but deliberately softened: the sail plan is contained, the interior is voluminous and rich, and the maneuvers simplified. The result is a comfortable hull, spacious for its size and easy to carry.

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Oceanis Clipper 311

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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