This thread makes me wonder...What constitutes a "Rare Bird". Obviously a one of a kind sailboat is a rare bird. But what really is rare? Five produced, or Ten, or Fifty...One Hundred?
In our case.. current boat is a 'Fast 345', a Brazilian built version of the British 'Nicholson 345'. Nicholson built about 30 before selling the tooling to Fast. They built approx 130, of which a half dozen were known to be imported to the US. We likely have the ONLY one in Canada, so I'd say that makes it rare- here anyway.
Our former boat was a Choate 40, they were produced on a semi custom basis by Dencho Marine in CA.. no two were identical. Different decks, different cockpits, different layouts. All together I think maybe 30 were built, the molds sold and one last version built by the buyer of the molds (this boat, and the molds, actually ended up here in BC too)
So while not so rare, our version was somewhat unique too.
A recently posted picture of a Columbia Constellation would probably qualify too - though from a recognized, once-mainstream builder, only 6 were ever made. (Good find, SJB!)