6 Legendary Classic Boats from the late 1960s (9 to 12 meters)


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Mistress 32

When we talk about Classic Boats, inevitably, we cover a period rich in diversity and different design philosophies, a 30-year journey in which yards, designers and regattas, have been able to shape the sailing world of today. But each period has its own peculiarities, its own lines and currents of thought. Of these, however, the early days are perhaps the most “elegant,” a design period still steeped in the previous parameters, a period, in its own way, fascinating.

6 Classic Boats late 1960s that are rare gems

The late 1960s was, in fact, an unrepeatable design period, a fundamental phase in the history of sailing. With the economic recovery following World War II, the yachting world experienced a radical, perhaps unique transformation: sailing, all of a sudden, took on a less elitist conception, launching itself into a great season of racing and technological innovation. A trend that found its true beginning in the second half of the 1960s, a phase, however, still poised between “classic” design and more radical innovation. Here are 6 legendary Classic Boats from the 1967 – 1970 season.

Swan 43


Dufour; 9.14 x 3.02 m; 1967; Michel Dufour

Who doesn’t know the Arpège, the first real large series fiberglass boat? Thanks to an obscure brilliant engineer, Michel Dufour, who decides to design and then build his ideal boat. The first example in GRP was launched in 1967 and with him at the helm he won immediately. Everyone wants one and Dufour establishes the shipyard. 1600 examples built from 1967 to 1978. There is nothing more to say.



IW-Varvet; 9.24 x 2.69 m; 1968; Sparkman & Stephens

A small Half Tonner from Sweden’s IW-Varvet, this 9.24-meter signed by Sparkman & Stephens was a great success for the yard, with over 350 hulls built. The lines are slender, as is the beam, making it a gentle hull on the water but cramped in interior spaces. The overall design, however, is no small exercise in style.



Wauquiez; 9.98 x 2.97 m; 1968; Kim Holman

Built in 380 examples, it was the first major success of the French shipyard that competed with Dufour. We are in the early days of mass construction in fiberglass. Of excellent construction and beautiful finish, it is a manageable hull suitable for everyone. The lines are classic with a stunning narrow stern and an equally iconic deckhouse.

Centurion 32


Hallberg Rassy; 9.70 x 2.84 m; 1969; Olle Enderlein

The only major exception among the yard’s boats, the Mistress 32 was designed for racing, although it was also best equipped for cruising. An extremely high-performance Half Tonner with a narrow beam and great leaps, it was a resounding success by Enderlein. Over 110 hulls produced in just 5 years. A great treat by Hallberg Rassy.

Mistress 32

ALPA 12.70

Alpa; 12.65 x 3.48 m; 1969; Sparkman & Stephens

A real gem. It is one of the best Sparkman & Stephens projects of the period. Built by Alpa with great care, it was produced in only 15 examples, long or short deckhouse. The only four short deckhouse examples are a small masterpiece. Winner at the time in offshore racing.

Classic Boat
Alpa 12.70 (short deckhouse)


Nautor Swan; 13.04 x 3.56 m; 1967; Sparkman & Stephens

One of the most beautiful boats ever designed, a masterpiece of Sparkman and Stephens. Produced in 67 examples, it is not the most iconic Swan, but it is the last of an era, the last without an anvil deckhouse. With deep soaring sterns, a gorgeous stern and abundant beam, she is not only supremely elegant but sails like a charm. If you love classic boats, you cannot wish for her. The deck is simply breathtaking.

Swan 43

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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