Classic yachts for sale

Classic yachts for sale

Yachtsnet Ltd. currently has the following classic yachts for sale on brokerage - click the photos or text link for each yacht to see detailed specifications and lots of high quality and high resolution photos of each yacht.


1966 Rustler 31 for sale

Rustler 31 for sale

This is one of the very earliest Rustler 31s, being the fifth hull built. Although well over 50 years old, she is in only her second ownership from new and is almost certainly one of the very best condition Rustler 31s you will find anywhere. The Rustler 31 is in essence a bigger GRP version of Kim Holman's timber Stella and Twister designs, heavily influenced by the Folkboat type. After 27 years in her present ownership she only for sale now at £27,500 due to health reasons. Full details at https://www.yachtsnet.co.uk/boats/a92419/a92419.htm


1993 Heard 28 for sale

Heard 28 for sale

This is very nice example of a Heard 28 - a heavy displacement cruising yacht with a GRP hull on the traditional lines of a Falmouth Working Boat. Although heavy, these yachts carry a lot of sail and a long bowsprit, and are surprisingly fast. This well kept one owner example has cruised from Falmouth to the Mediterranean and back, going south by the Biscay coast and the Canal du Midi, and returning via the Rhone. She has a long coachroof, giving headroom in the saloon and forecabin, and the mast is in a tabernacle for ease of lowering. Afloat in Hampshire, she is for sale at £37,000. Full details at https://www.yachtsnet.co.uk/boats/d91419/d91419.htm


1991 Twister for sale

Twister under sail

Twisters are one of the absolute classic long-keel cruisers, first built in wood in 1963. Although accommodation is modest, they are fast and seaworthy, as well as very pretty. This 1991 boat is one of the few later examples of the all-GRP Twister, home completed to a very good standard by her first owner. She is well looked after and has a good inventory including recent new sails. Asking £19,500 - full details are here


The definition of a “classic yacht” is a fairly elastic one. Few would argue that a J-class from the 1920s is a classic yacht. What about a James Silver “gentlemans motor yacht” from the late 1940s, or Laurent Giles’ beautiful Nicholson-built “Lutine” from 1952?

Is however a Rustler 36 (which could have been built in 2015) a classic yacht? It certainly derives it’s pedigree and hull form from the 1942 Folkboat, which general hull form Kim Holman enlarged, refined, and progressively reworked into the Stella, Twister and then the Rustler 31 and 36 designs.

So if a 2015 Rustler 36 can be a classic yacht, can a 1971 Contessa 32? Some would say no, as this has a separate keel and skeg/rudder, instead of a traditional long keel. Yet separate keels and rudders were already well known over a hundred years ago, Herreshoff having started to build such designs in the early 1890s. And if a 1971 Contessa 32 can be a classic design, why not also a shiny new-built one from Jeremy Rogers?

There are also yachts that started life as working boats, whether pilot cutters, fishing boats or the Colin Archer sailing lifeboats? Many such boats are still sailing at over 100 years old, though now used purely as yachts. Others were built as yachts by the same yards that built working versions, such as the Miller Fifers, or the various modern builds of traditional pilot cutters.

Finally, there are the modern yachts which are consciously “retro” - the Spirits, Morris’ and other beautiful yachts in modern materials. The new Rustler 33 is very much in this mould.

We believe in a fairly flexible definition of the term classic yacht, in much the same way that some quite modern cars, and cars that were quite commonplace in their day, can now be called classic cars. We are happy for a classic yacht to be built of any material, as long as she is beautiful in her own way, and suited to her purpose, be it cruising or racing.

If you are thinking of selling a classic yacht our system of lots of really high quality high resolution photographs and full details really does encourage buyers to travel to view. Call us on 01326-212234 to discuss the sale of your classic yacht.

The dictionary definition of the word “classic” is:

from the French classique, from Latin classicus, of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank, from classis.
Also serving as a standard of excellence: of recognized value, traditional, enduring, eg. classic designs.


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