After editing the post with Bavaria and Southerly yachts, a few days before, I have promoted the article a bit, and I received more or less indirectly some comments, like: “Nothing compares with a Swan or a Hallborg Rassy, they are expensive but you may throw any storm on them and have still a good day”[sic], in facing Bavaria yachts, considered in America “cheap Euro trash”[sic]. I don’t comment a lot on this, there were opinions of Bavaria being actually good for the budget. I can’t say that. I think they’re not cheap, but you don’t think I’m gonna promote what comes next, the mentioned “Swan”, more precisely, Oy Nautor Ab founded in 1966 by Pekka Koskenkylä, in Finland, whose intention was to build the first yacht over 10 meters in history, capable both of cruising and racing. And so the story begins about Nautor’s Swan, a company with quite a visited site (see the link). The pictures, the specs and almost all the info presented below, are borrowed from their site.
I’m not going to show here all the pics, they have a very nice and almost exhaustive catalog on the site, I’ll just present a few models from the rich spectrum. The company evolved fantastically after the sixties, German Frers has been put in charge with the design.
Through the eighties, Nautor held true to its traditional values of seaworthy construction, practical yet luxurious interiors and undistorted hull lines. But in 1998, after Leonardo Ferragamo and a group of investors saw the potential in this brand, the company was firmly placed at the forefront of the international sailing world. Today the expansive and expensive (I have to say) Nautor’s Swan portfolio is considered the ultimate ocean-going, performance, luxury sailing one of unrivaled build quality.
Now, they build a number of yachts like Club Swan 42, Swan 53, Swan 60, Swan 66, Swan 75, Swan 80, Swan 82, Swan 90, Swan 100. There are also two prototypes on the catalog, Swan 110 and Swan 130, but only 3D models and some features were presented. This is a high luxury brand, let me assure you. I’m gonna show you a few pictures, with some specs, and of course, some breath taking prices. The guy with the big mouth who claimed that Bavaria is trash and Swan is making all the money, wasn’t revealing everything.
This is a 3 cabins Club Swan 42, the smallest at the moment, I mean in the catalog, and I know there were a few smaller before it. This one has LOA of 12.98 m, a beam of 3.93 m, and a drought of 2.7 m. At a displacement of 7.25 t, equipped with a 40 HP Volvo Penta. I found a 2007 model on sale with €314,500. I’m sure it’s a speeder.
This above is a Swan 66 from 2009, with a LOA of 20.12 m, beam of 5.39 m and a draft of 3.2 m. With 4 or five cabins on choice (this one has 5, I think), a 163 Steyr Main Engine, 30 t displacement, has a price or €2,450,000 with taxes not paid. Nice, huh? I know. That’s not ready yet. I found a Swan 65 from 1973 and a hull refit done in 2001, with €350 K and taxes paid. Have a look:
The following are three pictures of the same model’s interior. I can say it’s very good preserved, and I quite like the sobriety of it.
This last one I liked particularly because of the protected upholstery.
The Swan 90, at a 27.71 m LOA, a beam of 6.46 m, and a draft of 4.4 m, with a diplacement of 53.25 tons, equipped with a Perkings Sabre 225 HP, has the most price variations.
This one above, with the saloon pic as a catalog design, is a 2008 model, for sale with £6,413,883 without taxes paid. Next captions, from the catalog, show the obvious luxury of it.
This one up, converted in Euros, is €7,950,000. I’ve seen a 2009 model with €8,750,000, a 2009 with €6.9 Mil, another 2008 with €6.3 Mil. I don’t know if it’s affordable. It is a brand, after all, and I think one can make a custom yacht with much less than this.
That above is a real jewel, if you’re a millionaire. A Swan 100 S, from 2007, with only €5.97 Mil. The specs are: 30.21 m LOA, 7.06 m beam, 4.7 m draft, 77.4 t, a Cummins of 305 HP.
Now I can say I’m impressed, they have even the engine room presented, the price is absolutely nice, Captain Onedin will envy the owner, whoever will buy this jewel. It accommodates nine guests, in four cabins. A little bit expensive, but this is a yacht, a sailing yacht.
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