Classic Boat: 5 of your boats that are masterpieces to celebrate


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Classic Boat Columbia 50
Columbia 50

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!

DRY BOTTA V – Gallinari | ONE OFF.

Gallinari | 13.15 x 3.65 m | 1981 | Ron Holland

It is 1981, and the Gallinari shipyards in Anzio launch a hull destined to become famous. Designed by the legendary Ron Holland, it is called the
Botta Dritta V
, a lamellar sloop with a classic rig and anvil deckhouse. Very clean deck and excellent water lines, with a maximum beam just set back. The stern, on the other hand, departs from Holland’s “styles,” and has here, instead of its contemporary “inverted tongue,” a more classic, almost schooner-like shape in order to create a more spacious master cabin. The interior is solid wood, with 3 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, galley and charting with an additional 2 bunks.

Born as a cruising boat, Botta Dritta V is also extremely high performance in racing. In the palmares: 1st place overall on corrected time (out of more than 50 boats) in the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s 40th Anniversary Regatta in 2007, 3rd place in the 2017 Formenton Trophy among the “White Sails,” 1st place in the Legionnaires’ Regatta 2022 for the “Classic Boats” category.

Straight Beat; Gallinari

ALOA 29 – Aloa Marine | SERIES

Aloa Marine | 8.72 x 3.10 m | 1972 – 1982 | Groupe Finot

In 1972, Aloa Marine will create a project that is nothing short of successful, the
Aloa 29
, a small sloop with great marine qualities and worth no less than 320 units produced over 10 years. The signature is Groupe Finot, which designs here a hull that is not only high-performance but also particularly habitable. A combination destined for success.

Initially criticized, it will instead prove to be a forward-looking hull. The wide stern and abundant beam, in fact, were still far from common in those early 1970s, but not that far off. The fledgling Pardo Shipyard, in fact, sees long and approaches the study for a similar project, just bigger. It is the birth of another myth, the Grand Soleil 34.

Aloa 29; Aloa Marine

RHYTHM – Sweden Yachts 41 | SERIES

Sweden Yachts | 12.44 x 3.86 m | 1981 – 1994 | Norlin/Ostmann

With 1981 Sweden Yacht launches the first example of its 41-footer, of which “
” is an excellent specimen. Designed by Norlin and Ostmann, this is a 12.5-meter with a wide and very central beam, strong with significant momentum and water lines capable of making her a good boliniere. It will be a popular hull among those offered by the shipyard, with 39 units produced within a decade.

Indeed, the design was innovative for its design years, with well-conceived water lines that were closer to later design canons than its predecessors. Lines and transom, in turn, already look towards the full 80s trend, while the set-back cockpit and center hatch make it a hull that is not only performant but also safe. A good example of an early 1980s fast cruiser.

Rhythm; Sweden Yachts C41

LADY LOU – Columbia 50| SERIES.

Columbia Yachts | 15.24 x 3.67 m | 1966 – 1972 | Bill Trip

Designed in the mid-1960s, the Columbia 50 is a North American shipbuilding must-have, an exceptional, iconic hull and, today, a timeless classic. Designed by the great Bill Tripp and built by Columbia Yachts, it was one of the first designs to adopt fiberglass in series construction, soon proving to be a great performer, excellent between buoys as well as cruising.

So many of the original 65 still sail today, never failing to impress in regattas, and
“Lady Lou”
(1969), Torben Grael’s Columbia 50, is a great example.

Lady Lou; Columbia 50

HISTRIA – Petronius and Pecarich | ONE OFF.

Petronio and Pecarich | 12.58 x 3.78 m | 1976 | Ron Holland

Born from the hands of Ron Holland, in 1976
is launched by the Petronio and Pecarich shipyards. A famous hull in the upper Adriatic, this is a remarkable prototype Two Tonner IOR made of four layers of mahogany planking crossed at 45° over a framework of laminated wood frames and stringers.

Looking at the lines, the architect’s hand is immediately evident, with restrained soaring and a short, truncated stern highlighted by mahogany left exposed, a delight to the eye. The performance, in turn, underscores its hidden qualities, light in wave passage and fast boliniera. A 1970s classic.

Histria; Petronius and Pecarich

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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