From small Cruisers to Maxi IORs, here are some legendary Classic Boats from our readers


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Christine, One Off from 1974 designed by Dick Carter; one of the models 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!
A Comet 11, one of the models featured in this article

BLUE MOON – Scott Kaufman | ONE OFF.

Piro Onoranti & San Vitale of Ravenna | 1983 | Scott Kaufman

Opening this review,Blue Moon, a Three Quarter Ton designed for the 1983 World Championship of the same name. Signed by Scott Kaufman, the project was carried out by Piro Onoranti and the San Vitale shipyard in Ravenna through the use of the best technologies available at the time. It ranks, in short, as a milestone in the latest phase of IOR design.

The construction, made of epoxy-bonded mahogany with Kevlar and carbon inserts, is lightweight, although rigid and strong, resulting in a hull with high weight stability and 50% fin ballast.

Classic Boat
Blue Moon


Barberis | 11.50 x 3.85 m | 1983 | Maletto Navone Fountain

With the early 1980s, Barberis Shipyard is looking for a sporty, high-performance hull under IOR parameters, yet capable of also being comfortable and spacious, thus also lending itself to cruising needs. The answer comes from Fontana/Maletto/Navone, it’s Show 38.

Altair ne is a 1983 specimen, an excellent case for understanding the design: the momentum and weights are moderate, the volumes substantial, the anvil deckhouse enhances its interior skies, while the whole adds up to a highly regarded hull, easy to handle, docile in cruising and fun in most contexts.

Altair; Show 38

BOVIS – Comet 11 | SERIES

Comar | 10.75 x 3.60 m | 1978 | Groupe Finot

In 1977, Groupe Finot designed a hull never before seen in the cruising world. Comar is the producer. The work is almost iconoclastic, canons are broken, and the audience is split. There are those who grumble and there are those who praise the clear cut. It is, of course, the Comet 11, iconic with that raised deckhouse of hers, slender toward the stern and, above all else, cut by a large smoked black window.

It is a success story of the shipyard, a more than original benchmark of world sailing design.
is one of its earliest examples, launched in 1978, an excellent example of how a drastic cut, at times, is a not inconsiderable breakthrough.

Bovis; Comet 11

ELCA – Grand Soleil 50 | SERIES

Pardo Shipyard | 14.93 x 4.20 m | 1993 | Doug Peterson

Looking at it, knowing its designer, one might be a bit puzzled: is it really signed by Peterson? In fact, the designer’s classic stylistic features are here dispensed with, aided and abetted by the in-progress intervention of Slovenian duo J&J. But this creature from the Cantiere del Pardo certainly does not disappoint nonetheless. It is the Grand Soleil 50, a great little gem from the early 1990s. Obviously, a great success, with as many as 40 launched.

, a 1993 specimen, is exactly one of these, and well represents the scope of the project: it is a spectacular cruiser racer, dedicated both to cruising and to challenges between buoys. The design, then, is well balanced, making it well manageable short-handed, as well as well usable in the crew, thanks to well thought-out systems and ergonomics.

Classic Boat
Elca; Grand Soleil 50


Fred Preiss, Redbone Beach California | 25.50 x 6.5 m | 1974 | Dick Carter

In the 1970s Dick Carter was one of the greatest architects on the face of the planet. In 1974, on private commission, he designed an 84-foot Maxi for Transpac, an impressive 25.50-foot hull made entirely of sandwich. Built by Fred Preiss in California, thus was born the Sandokan, now renamed

Suitable for a crew of more than 15 people, it boasts a 30-meter aluminum mast and an immense flush deck littered with manhole covers and coffee grinders. In the late 1990s she underwent a refit intended to convert her to cruising. It now has a wooden interior, 14 bunks, and style to spare.

Christine, Dick Carter; One Off

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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