Classic Boats of Historical Value: five “new” iconic 40-footers (and how much they’re worth)


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The Hallberg Rassy 39, one of the 5 new 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 new entries from 11.8 to 13.4 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 11.8 to 13.4 meters.

Swan 44 Mk ii


Hallberg Rassy; 11.85 x 3.76 m; 1991; Germán Frers

Great success for this little wonder signed by Frers, with 209 hulls launched between ’91 and 2003. Existing in Mk-i and Mk-ii versions (#1-54; #55-209), differing from each other only in the transom, the 39 was a great little boat, highly appreciated for its marine qualities and the comfort it offered, maximized by well-designed volumes. In terms of quality and performance, nothing to say, just look at signature and site

Hallberg Rassy 39


Baltic Yachts; 11.99 x 3.89 m; 1988; Judel / Vrolijk

Designed to offer a boat that is just smaller but just as good as the previous Baltic 43, this 40-footer suffers less from the influence given by racing ratings, offering a wider stern and a consequent increase in volume, varying the design and gaining in space despite its shorter length. It is a solid, marine hull capable of good performance. The late 1980s Baltic classic.

Baltic 40


Franchini Yachts; 12.3 x 4.00 m; 1991; Franchini + Starkel

With the early 1990s Franchini launched the 41 S, a center-cockpit bluewater made with Roberto Starkel. It was said to be the most beautiful Franchini ever. Well-made boat, comfortable and seaworthy, it was immediately highly appreciated. In parallel, an “enclosed” version convinced the public in turn, the 41 L, with a motorsailer-style covered cockpit and wheelhouse. Beginning in 1996, some changes were made, making it known as Franchini 43.

Classic Boat
Franchini 41 S


Jeanneau; 12.3 x 3.85 m; 1980; Philippe Briand

It is 1980 and Philippe Briand signs the Sun Fizz for Jeanneau. Thus was born a 12-meter with modern lines, looking to a new sail and the search for larger volumes, replacing the previous Gin Fizz. The finish is good, the volumes capacious, and the hull is balanced, behaving well even between buoys. In France it depopulates and soon spreads.

Classic Boat
Sun Fizz

SWAN 44 (F – Mark II)

Nautor Swan; 13.44 x 4.16 m; 1996; Germán Frers

One of Frers’ lesser-known “swans,” and not to be confused with the other Swan 44s by S&S, Holland and Frers himself (Mk-i), the Swan 44 Mk-ii is one of the smallest Swans signed by the Argentine, who nevertheless knows how to give it pleasing lines close to turn-of-the-century style, pairing them with a hull that knows how to run, but without sacrificing comfort. In short, the classic Frers signature Swan: a great boat.

Classic Boat
Swan 44 Mk ii

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 our initiative and a proper appraisal provided by our recognized broker, the intrinsic value of the asset is also recognized by the insurance company (David Insurance). And if the appraisal certified the boat’s excellent condition–the prize might even be surprising. 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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