Cruiser, racer and One Off: here are 5 of your Classic Boats that are timeless


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Tramp, one of the hulls featured in this article

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 have 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!
Dufour 35, one of the models featured in this article

MABELLE – Carter, Sangermani | ONE OFF.

Sangermani | 12.08 x 3.91 m | 1973 | Dick Carter

In the 1970s, the regatta to be won was one and only one, the Admiral’s Cup. Composed of inshore and offshore racing, it took hold in the waters of the Solent, the Celtic Sea and Ireland. The pinnacle of sailing and design, the Admiral’s was the goal of every great owner and designer, and it was with this in mind that the

Designed by the brilliant Dick Carter and built by the legendary Cantieri Sangermani, it was one of three boats to participate for the Italian team in the 1073 edition. The owner? Serena Zaffagni.


Mabelle; Sangermani


Cantieri Biasi | 11.85 x 3.72 m | 1980 | Sciomachen

At the height of the IOR’s success, the Sciomachen studio designed the Domino 39 for Biasi Shipyards. It’s the early 1980s and the public is faced with a competitive, well-executed, and completely custom interior production hull.
is one of the earliest examples: mahogany interior with three cabins, dinette and bathroom, pulled lines and three-cutaway mast. Unique feature for the time was the bi-well with double entrance.

Draft; Domino 39

DAPHNE – Arpége; Dufour | SERIES.

Dufour | 9.14 x 3.02 m | 1966 | Michelle Dufour

L’Arpège, the first true large series fiberglass boat, a cult.
is one of these little wonders. Thanks to a brilliant engineer, Michel Dufour, who decided 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. The result is unique to the era; everyone wants one. It will produce 1,600 examples, built from 1967 to 1978, building the yard around it. Dufour Yachts is born. There is nothing more to say.

Daphne; Arpege; Dufour

OASIS – Dufour 35 | SERIES

Dufour | 10.74 x 3. m | 1971 | Michelle Dufour

There is talk again of the brilliant Michel Dufour. After the Arpège (1966), construction is underway and production does not stop. Meanwhile he churns out other hulls, some of them equally cult. The secret of its success? He designs and builds series of boats unlike any other. The Dufour 35, built in 450 examples, is one of the best examples of Dufour’s path to boating.


is an excellent example of this, launched in 1980, shows well the synthesis of the Dufour recipe: exaggerated center beam, significant ballast, streamlined water lines and rational deck. The icing on the cake in the 35′? The super-protected cockpit.

Dufour 35


Pesaro Naval Mechanical Workshop | 13.5 x 3.7 m | 1976 | Sparkman & Stephens

One of three Two Tonners designed by Sparkman & Stephens (project No. 2222 C2) for the 1976 Admiral’s Cup. Length 13.5 meters overall and 3.7 meters at maximum beam, with a draft of 2,.2 meters,


was built in aluminum, at the Officina Meccanica Navale in Pesaro. She is masthead rigged and, as per the classic early IOR, has a particularly abundant, overlapping genoa and a very clean flush deck.

Racing and sailing to this day in England, this is a most elegant hull, a marriage of class, cleanliness and performance that, to this day, amazes and captures the eye of every connoisseur.

Tramp of Airlie
Tramp of Airlie – S&S 2222 C2

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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