Swan 65 – new bluewater cruiser

by • February 9, 2017 • Features, older, YachtsComments Off381

This new mid-size yacht in Nautor’s range is intended to embody the same principles as the original Sparkman and Stephens designed Swan 65 in the early 1970s. The model saw considerable success as both a luxury cruiser and in long-distance racing – it even won the Whitbread Round the World Race. The new design is intended as multipurpose yacht where the owner and family or guests can have a significant input into sailing the boat, but where there’s also space to take a skipper and crew along to take the pressure off in stressful situations and to take care of the chores.

It’s certainly another boat we can expect to see both cruising long distances across the world, and notching up successes on the racecourse. As with other designs in the Swan stable, owners will be able to specify their boats to orient them more towards cruising or performance modes. There will also be some cross over – for instance a square top mainsail, along with running backstays, can be used when in race mode, with the boat then converted back to a conventional pin-head mainsail, with a standing backstay, for cruising or deliveries. Other performance options include a deep (4m draught) keel and a carbon hull (the deck will be carbon as standard).

Below decks all versions will have an impressive five-meter-long saloon, including a raised panoramic living area with dining table to port and a lounge to starboard. The saloon connects directly to the galley and navigation station. A dinette or, optionally, a traditional chart table can also be offered.

The coachroof, which has 360-degree windows, is the latest evolution of German Frers’ designs for Nautor, combining the curved lines and multifaceted surfaces of the yard’s semi-raised deck saloon and flush deck models. Systems and tanks are below the floor in the saloon area to keep weight low and central, while freeing up space in other parts of the boat for further accommodation.

Interiors can be arranged with two fundamentally different layouts: owner’s suite forward, or owner aft. Additionally, various options for bunk, crew quarters and navigation arrangement are available. The Swan 65 was announced at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in January 2017, with the first boat scheduled to be afloat in 2018.

  • LOA 20.11m
  • LWL 18.38m
  • Beam 5.62m
  • Draught (standard) 3.50m
  • Draught (optional telescopic keel) 2.75/4.20m
  • Displacement 28,000kg
  • Ballast 9,000 kg
  • Mainsail 121.9sq m
  • Fore triangle 112.9sq m
  • Jib 118.3sq m
  • Fuel 1,200 litres
  • Water 1,000 litres
  • Hot water 80 litres
  • Grey water 200 litres
  • Black water 200 litres
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