Between One-Off and Series, here are 5 stunning Classic Boats shared by You readers


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Pardo Shipyard
Grand Soleil 39

Dealing with Classic Boats inevitably covers a period rich in diversity and different design philosophies. A journey more than 30 years long in which yards, designers and regattas, have been able to shape the world of sailing, making it as we know it today. Over the past year we have told you about over 300 different production models, not including the many racing one-offs, small gems and many of YOUR “classics.” Now, to also give credit to individual and specific hulls, YOUR hulls, we tell you about 5 boats that you decided to share with us through the “Your Classic Boats” section. The beginning of a journey that will take us to see some of the more than 300 boats that YOU, in turn, have decided to tell and share with us.

5 Your Gorgeous Classic Boats

Three hundred boats, including one-offs and series projects, is not a few. These are the hulls you have decided to tell about in the dedicated section of our website, a unique page aimed at sharing and celebrating your Classics. Boats that, in this case, do not represent a single project, but have become unique with time, each with its own history and peculiarities. Qualities that, we think, deserve to be shared. In this article we will look at five of them, 5 Classic hulls divided between 2 one-off and 3 series projects.

First, however, some information that might interest you:

  • If you would like to share your boat with us and other readers, the page
    “Your Classic Boats”
    is the ideal way to do so! You can find it at This Link! Doing it, is simplicity itself.
  • Do you have a Classic Boat and would like to race it? We have the perfect solution for you: the Vela Cup circuit, the only event where Classic Boats are awarded. Read more about it HERE!
  • Do you have a Classic Boat but would like to sell it? Our
    Used Boat Market
    is always available, free of charge, of course!
Hans Christian 41


Sangermani Shipyards | 14.71 x 4.21 m | 1973 | Sparkman & Stephens

Sangermani Shipyards represent an almost legendary name in the sailing world. So does a signature such as S&S, Sparkman & Stephens, a firm of architects at the pinnacle of the industry.
(formerly Splash), combines the two worlds, starting, in itself, from the best basics.

At 14.71 meters in length overall (LOA), 11.3 at waterline (LWL) and 4.2 at maximum beam, Atena is a sloop perfectly integrated into its design landscape, the early 1970s, of which the lines, the great soaring that goes reducing and the iconic flush deck are evident. A most elegant hull, Athena is also something more, however: she is, almost to all intents and purposes, the “mother” of the Swan 48. Shortly after Sangermani made the hull, in fact, the design was purchased by Nautor Swan to bring the molds of the best-selling Swan 48 to life! Project No. 2079 of the firm, it in fact shares most of the design adoptions with the Swan 48, including a key element, Nautor’s later “trademark,” the flush deck with an anvil deckhouse.

Athena; Sangermani S&S 48

SAVANNAH – Hans Christian 41T | SERIES

Andersen Yachts Ltd | 12.40 x 4.04 m | 1985-1995| Scott Sprague

Built in 1990,
is a Hans Christian 41T, a long keel design signed by Scott Prague and produced in 55 units between 1985 and 1995. Classic like few of its contemporary hulls and definitely a child of Nordic tradition, as its double-ender lines well emphasize, this is a solid, cutter-rigged and remarkably marine hull, designed, in fact, to be a bluewater.

The long dolphin deck, the deep and high deckhouse, as well as the overall lines, make it a hull with a lost flavor, pleasing to the eye as well as while sailing. Indeed, the long keel provides a particularly smooth transition over the wave, and the 16-ton displacement, as well as the wide skeg, do the rest well. Build quality, then, also wants its part here, both in terms of thickness and attention to material choice, and in terms of fabrication and finish. It is a strong hull, in short, of tradition, rigorously designed for sailing and prone to cooler winds and carriers.

Savannah; Hans Christian 41T

MIRIT – Grand Soleil 39 | SERIES

Pardo Shipyard | 12.50 x 3.76 | 1983 – 1990 | Alain Jezequel

Launched in 1985,
is one of the great projects of legendary designer Alain Jezequel, a Grand Soleil 39, the so-called Spaghetti Swan. Strengthened by a remarkable positive forward momentum, wide central maximum beam, and narrow reverse transom, the Grand Soleil 39 was, in fact, a highly successful hull, not at all a “spaghetti” version of the Nordics, but rather a qualitatively valuable and positively performing object. In short, a premium hull strong with that extra “Made in Italy” touch.

Balanced on the rudder and particularly successful in terms of volume and balance, she has remained a hull capable of providing satisfaction even today, more marine than many “moderns” and a happy bowman even in formed seas. A Classic Boat not to be underestimated.

Mirit; Grand Soleil 39


Beneteau | 11.6 x 3.76 m | 1989 – 1994 | Jean Berret + Philippe Starck

In 1989 Beneteau introduced a new 38-footer. It is the First 38s5 and will remain in production until 1994. It was signed by the great naval architect Jean Berret and Philippe Starck, designer. This is Philippe Starck’s return to the Beneteau world, and out of the duo comes a hull with distinct racing qualities, thanks to Berret’s signature set-back beam and fine lines, yet made a comfortable and appreciable unicum by the designer’s interiors.

A combination of design skills and actual qualities that gives rise to a highly appreciated hull, beautiful both below and above the waterline. With about 120 copies, it records a more than worthy success.
is precisely a First 38s5, part of the last “batch” of examples, launched in 1994.

Roman-Off; Beneteau FIRST 38s5

ZURICH – Mayfair Marine | ONE OFF

Mayfair Marine | 11.98 x 3.80 m | 1991 | Judel / Vrolijk

Competition has always been a great driver of innovation, and needless to say, the Admiral’s Cup has always been a great centerpiece of this. For the 1991 edition, the Judel / Vrolijk duo designed and had Mayfair Marine build a pulled hull featuring a very large cockpit and a particularly forward deckhouse. The impression is one of confronting a “dinghy,” now quite a standard at racing hulls. is born.

Made of a single block of ultra-light carbon, strong with large ballast in fin, Zurich is an ultralight hull with a high straightening coefficient. Candlesticks, pulpits, ladder for going below deck, rudder shaft and various reinforcements-are made of titanium to save weight. An avant-garde hull, a child of its time and of competition taken increasingly to the extreme, a legacy more than present in today’s designs. He will perform well at both the One Ton Cup in Naples and that Admiral’s Cup in 1991.

Zurich; Mayfair Marine

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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