Introduction to the Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats

The Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats compiled by ASDEC constitutes a major collection of data and information about vintage and classic boats, and is the product of research and census work carried out over many years.

The development of the Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats is in keeping with the aims of ASDEC which include:

  1.  safeguarding of nautical traditions;
  2.  promotion of all activities which serve the preservation of these traditions;
  3.  promotion of contact between true enthusiasts in order to facilitate a mutual exchange of information.

All of this in compliance with article 3 of the Articles of Association of ASDEC here below:

Art.3 – Aims: the purpose of the Association is the conservation of craft of particular historic and cultural value, encouraging conservative restoration and maintenance using original techniques and criteria; the recovery and conservation of historic and technical heritage, nautical culture and related traditions; the constitution and management of the Historic Register of Vintage and Classic Boats.

ASDEC therefore promotes all those activities which facilitate the better conservation and recovery of vintage and classic boats and, at the same time, preservation of e all the relevant heritage of technical information. This is why ASDEC set up the Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats.

We prefer to speak about “hulls” rather than “boats” in order to further underline our love for the very essence of boats.

We speak about “vintage boats”, basically meaning boats which are more than a quarter of a century old and begin to have that charm of age, as well as “classic boats”, of more recent construction, but with the charm and charisma of traditional boatbuilding.

The boats ASDEC deals with and which fall into the category of vintage or classic boats are of all types: pleasure, competition or working boats powered by motor, oar and sail.

The aim of the Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats is therefore to ensure ever greater visibility and completeness to the invaluable asset which is the many boatyards spread around the country, allowing enthusiasts and scholars to gather information with more quickly and easily, accessing an ever greater archive with a number of different search keys. The information contained in the Historical Register of Vintage and Classic Boats therefore comes from a variety of sources, is continually updated and stored in such a way as to ensure its conservation even in the numerous cases in which the boatyards in question no longer exist or even in cases where the vessels described are wrecked.