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Personally speaking, I do not know of ANY boats produced for over 4 decades! The closest would be Catalina's boats. BUT, I would not call them anything special from my standpoint. But they do go and go and go like an energizer bunny. Boats are more a decade item at best generally speaking, as most manufactures will change the design some to keep up with new rules in race changes, along with designs protocal that will allow faster, more forgiving yachts. The few that do try to keep building the same boat yr after yr, eventually have gone bust! The bigger names, suc as Jeanneau/Beneteau/Hunter, change out the specs and designs of a given size every 5-10 yrs. Beneteau is in the process, Jeanneau announced a new 40' boat to the owners assoc last week. The same design specs and changes will go thru the line over the next 2-4 yrs, last about 4-6, start all over.
There are some manufactures that have been around for 30-40 yrs, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Hunter and Catalina to name 4. Otherwise, most are 20-30 yrs old generally speaking for a max.
There are some J-boats that have been built awhile too, the 24 and 105. Not that either of these are probably what you want. The 105 is 10.5 Meters or about 35', but head room is 5'6", enough for the ave female, bare bones min interior, but fast, easy to sail with 2-3 people doing double digit speeds down wind. The 24, too small.
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