Classic Boats of Historical Value: 5 great classics from 13 to 18 meters (and how much they’re worth)


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The First 53 F5, one of the 5 new Classic Boats covered 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.

Oyster 55


Comar; 14.2 x 3.8 m; 1987; Groupe Finot

More than 120 examples for this 14-meter signed by Groupe Finot, a hull that from the start enjoyed great success. The recipe was simple: before production even went into production, enough hulls were commissioned to cover production capacity. The result? A boat that knew how to be a perfect synthesis of the delicate balance between seriality and quality. In short, a hull that is fast, comfortable, and, above all, impeccable in quality.

Comet 460


Baltic Yachts; 14.64 x 4.36 m; 1986; Doug Peterson

The Baltic 48 DP was born as a continuation of the collaboration between the shipyard and Doug Peterson, the former working on layout and aesthetics and the latter on naval architecture and volumes, respectively. Thus was born a hull that respects the Baltic philosophies of the mid-1980s: it is a high-performance cruiser that is fast and comfortable, ideal for cruising and performs well between buoys.

Baltic 48 DP


Beneteau; 16.2 x 4.5 m; 1990, Bruce Farr & Pininfarina

Beneteau decides to open the 1990s decade with a hull that will make waves. Thus was born the First 53 F5, signed by two superstars, Bruce Farr and Pininfarina. The signatures are not wasted, and they bring out an unusual hull, as comfortable offering comfortable ocean cruising as it is racing against other IOR 50s. In short, it is a great project, as convenient as it is fast and performs well.

Classic Boat
First 53 F5


Oyster Marine; 17.15 x 4.80 m; 1986; Holman & Pye

Launched beginning in 1986 and built in more than 50 examples, the Oyster 55 was designed by Holman & Pye to meet a specific need of the shipyard: to bring to market a 50-foot bluewater that is simultaneously safe, seaworthy, stylish and fast. Not an easy request to meet, but H&P signs the miracle, creating a cruiser with great qualities that can also be made on a semi-custom basis. A great success.

Oyster 55


Nautor Swan; 18.44 x 5.0 m; 1985; Germán Frers

Mid-1980s and Frers churns out one Swan after another. In the 60-foot segment, the smallest to be born is the 61, a sleek and comfortable center cockpit designed for offshore cruising and champagne sailing. Yet it also knows how to run. Pleasant, sleek, and equipped to be run by a few, this too is a little gem from the Argentine, which launches as many as 14 hulls with the 61 in just five years.

Classic Boat
Swan 61

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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