Outbound this thread is a great idea but I guess it can be even better. I have a suggestion:
You, with the collaboration of the members trough discussion will have on the first post the actualized names of the boats that are selected. On the boat file you will refer the post nº that had gave origin to it and the poster that originally proposed the boat that was selected has to have on its post information and photos or movies about the boat. Preferably a photo showing the complete hull with the underwater body.
Of course this will represent a lot of work for you but it will make this a reference instructive and very interesting thread, one that should be sticky.
What do you think guys?
I will post one on this terms.
Many don't know that Jeanneau was for more than a decade strictly a motor boat company. Back in 1968 the founder, Henri Jeanneau, that had raced motorboats, wanted to build also sailingboats. He went to one of the greater NA of his time Van den Stadt that had designed the Storm. The boat was heavy and not fast and Jeanneau was not satisfied.
His commercial director advised him to make a design command to a new and very talented young NA from La Rochelle, Philippe Harlé....and the Sangria was born.
The Sagria (7.60) is an incredibly innovative design considering 1969. The boat with slight alterations stayed in production till 1984 and about 3000 boats were made. If this is not the cruiser that was made in bigger numbers it is certainly among the few that were made in so large number.
It was an offshore boat that even if not a cruiser racer could do very well in offshore races. Take a look at how modern that hull was:
Information about the boat:
Caractristiques du voilier Sangria
A word about Philippe Harlé. It was one of the first NA do develop an interest for solo racing. He made one of the first mini transat races (when all those guys were considered raving mad) and with the knowledge that he had and the one we learned on the race designed another boat that would become an icon to solo and sportive ocean sailors, the Coco, built by Archambault:
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The Coco was the first boat of its type to be produced and made in large numbers. It was also the predecessor of the Pogo in what regards philosophy and overall shape.
Philipe Harlé had an unfortunately not long life (1931-1991) but a very productive one and 14000 boats were made according to his plans. He was also the mentor of probably the biggest Architect of the next generation, Jean Marie Finot, that not by accident, was the one that designed the Pogo.