Legendary Classic Boats: 5 myths of the 1970s (14 to 40 thousand euros)


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Misil II; Hallberg Rassy

To talk about Classic Boats in general sometimes misses the nuances and subtleties that each design phase entailed, as well as its evolutions and philosophies. We selected 300 projects of excellence, 300 models of historical value to celebrate and enhance. With this in mind, we now want to explore the topic as it deserves, contextualizing each project and each boat to its time. Here now is a series of in-depth articles, brief overviews of 60 legendary Classic Boats, their design canons and their evolution decade by decade. Here, then, are 5 legendary Classic Boats from the 1970s (presented in order of average value).

Legendary Classic Boats: The 1970s (pt.1)

With the 1970s, the lessons and experiments of the previous period (inaugurated, if you will, by that resounding Fastnet of ’65), come full circle into design, launching some of the most important yards and designers of the second half of the century. Competitive, quality hulls begin to appear on both sides of the market, moving from smaller sizes up to Maxi sizes. At the same time, lines change, beams increase, and slips decrease. It changes, in a nutshell, both the design and the philosophy behind the boats, which now range from the smallest cruisers to the largest successful hulls. Crucial to this phase, however, is also the introduction of a new canon, the IOR, which will see the start of an unparalleled season: cruisers, racers, performance cruisers and true bluewater will now begin to depopulate, expanding market segments in every plausible direction.

Dufour 35
Dufour 35; Dufour

5 Legendary Classic Boats of the 1970s

To open the dances on the front of the great designs of the 1970s decade, five Classic Boats jump out at the eye, 5 hulls capable of both representing the excellence of the period and the (middle) market ranges of their values today. They are exceptional boats that have become iconic both in the Mediterranean and around the world. Here are 5 hulls between 14 and 40 thousand euros on average, perfect for day trips, the small cruise, or long weeks spent at sea.

  • Want to find out about all the Classic Boats and their stories? Visit our section dedicated to them HERE


Hallberg Rassy; 7.35 m; Olle Enderlein; 1972

Also known as the Hallberg Rassy 24, the Misil II was a small masterpiece of the shipyard. Fast, maneuverable, and cabin cruiser, was the Hallberg Rassy, which, by conception, was perhaps the most privateer of all. It is a highly sought-after treat, prized both for its speed capabilities and small size. The beam is narrow, the slights are small, and elegance is not lacking. In its own way, it is a classic, seaworthy hull, excellent, today, whether for day trips, small cruising or, why not, solo sailing.

Its AVERAGE VALUE is around €14,000. To find out its card and price range, open this LINK.

Misil II


CPR; 9.16 mm; Andrea Vallicelli; 1976

In 1976 three young designers and friends-Andrea Vallicelli, Vittorio Mariani, and Nicola Sironi-did not realize that, with the Ziggurat, they were devising a future sailing icon. The Ziggurat, for tonnage IOR a Half Tonner, is beautiful, fast and livable. Definitely a milestone of Italian boating, it is a very balanced hull with clean lines and habitable interiors. Like the Misil II, although on larger tonnage, it still offers a lot of healthy fun today and, in addition to racing, lends itself well to cruising. Certainly, a spartan, 1970s cruise.

Its AVERAGE VALUE is around €17,000. To find out its card and price range, open this LINK.

Ziggurat 916
Ziggurat 916

ALPA 9.50

Alpa; 9.5 m; Alpa Shipyards; 1970

Underneath, it is’ an Alpa 11.50, a great success of the yard, but in a small way. Alpa designed her inspired by Sparkman & Stephens’ designs for the 11.50, a remarkable hull with a typical late 1960s flavor. Born in 1970, the Alpa 9.50 is thus influenced by the 1960s design, well demonstrated in her large swells, low freeboard and small sail area. The result is a boat that favors medium-to-strong winds to ensure good sailing performance. Aesthetically, on the other hand, it is a little gem, classic as a few and very pleasant. An excellent hull for those who want to enjoy short cruises immersed in a very “dolce vita” style.

Its AVERAGE VALUE is around €29,000. To find out its card and price range, open this LINK.

Classic Boat
Alpa – ALPA 9.50 – 1970


Sartini; 8.55 m; Jean Marie Finot; 1971

That of the Passatore is undoubtedly a project that has made sailing history. Made of glued cross laminated plywood, it was produced in over 136 examples from 1971 to 1982. Designed by Finot with a very wide stern for the time, it proved excellent in racing. It also offers good space for cruising, not to mention that it was a great schooling ground for many sailors, including the legendary Cino Ricci.

Its AVERAGE VALUE is around €30,000. To find out its card and price range, open this LINK.



Dufour; 10.75 m; Michel Dufour; 1971

Michel Dufour was a genius. After the Arpège, his first huge success, he designed and built a series of boats unlike any other, large hulls. These include perhaps the most widely successful one, the Dufour 35, built in as many as 450 examples. It is one of the best examples of Dufour’s path to boating. It is a simple and comfortable boat, and in its own way also beautiful. But, above all, she is a solid boat, strong with an extremely wide beam for her length, a guarantee that gives her large interior volumes and good pace on formed waves and in strong winds. Great for cruising, more than a few Dufour 35s have been around the world, including some that are still going.

Its AVERAGE VALUE is around €40,000. To find out its card and price range, open this LINK.

Classic Boat
Dufour 35

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).



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