Classic vs. Modern Sailing Yachts: Which Should You Choose
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Classic vs. Modern Sailing Yachts: Which Should You Choose?

Sailing is one of the oldest forms of transport in human history but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its charm in the modern era. Luxury sailing yachts offer a vintage escape. A holiday that is slow and steady, calm and captivating. Here, we explain the main types of luxury sailing yachts to choose from for your next charter.

Classic sailing yachts

Believe it or not, there are still a handful of century old sailing yachts coasting in international waters. Classic sailing yachts are generally those built before 1975, with many built even earlier. They have often undergone a refit to ensure they suit the modern traveller, but they maintain as much of their history and tradition as possible. They have stayed true to the original sailing yacht style with wooden hulls, traditional decks and the long, pointed sailing yacht shape we’ve come to know and love.

Why would you choose a classic sailing yacht? Perhaps to take yourself back to a simpler time; when life was less busy, and the world moved slower. Perhaps to experience the opulent feelings of the golden ages of the early 20th century. Or, for some it’s the feel of the yacht in the water. The solid, steady movements and the quiet solitude of sailing compared to motoring on the seas.

Meet our classic yachts for charter

CREOLE, 1927 | 2008

CREOLE

FROM €266,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €21,280
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ENDEAVOUR, 1934 | 2012

ENDEAVOUR

FROM US$111,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT US$14,430
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CROCE DEL SUD, 1933 | 2011

CROCE DEL SUD

FROM €85,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €6,800
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The modern classics

In the 1980s a new breed of sailing superyacht emerged. It was known as the modern classic and it merged everything that boat enthusiasts loved about the classic style, with the modern advancements and tech to improve their movement, stability and sometimes speed. It will look and feel like you’re travelling on a historic sailing yacht, but it won’t make you feel like you’ve regressed to a time before modern conveniences.

Meet our modern classics for charter

ATALANTE, 2015

ATALANTE

FROM €84,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €6,720
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ATHENA, 2004 | 2011

ATHENA

FROM €350,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €28,000
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ELEONORA, 2000 | 2008

ELEONORA

FROM €75,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €6,000
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Modern sailing yachts

As with everything old, there are those who strive to make it new again. Reimagining the sailing yacht is the task of modern sailing yacht designers. They don’t always follow the traditional hull design or materials. They prefer modern or contemporary interiors that are more like what you’d expect on a 21st century yacht. And they don’t always follow the rules of sailing. These are the yachts to choose if you want the feel of sailing with every single luxury expected of a modern yacht.

Meet our modern superyachts for charter

SILVER LINING, 2017

SILVER LINING

FROM US$290,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT US$23,200
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HEMISPHERE, 2011

HEMISPHERE

FROM A$280,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT A$22,400
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ALL ABOUT U 2, 2019

ALL ABOUT U 2

FROM €140,000 P/WEEK
MEMBER DISCOUNT €11,200
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Any yacht, anywhere with Ahoy Club

When we say any yacht, we truly mean it. Our fleet of charter yachts includes an impressive 900+ sailing yachts at a range of great prices. If you’d like to escape the speed of modernity and enjoy the pace of simpler times, browse our sailing yachts to find your perfect fit.

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