We are pretty excited about welcoming Coco into the family in October! She’s currently under construction in Nautor’s yard in Pietarsaari Finland, and then she’ll be shipped to Sydney for final fit out before we sail her back to New Zealand. Once she’s arrived here we’ve got plenty of time to get to know her well, sailing around our wee country before we contemplate some more adventurous bluewater trips.
So what’s she like? Designed as getting nearer the big end for a yacht that can sensibly be sailed over long distances by two people, the Swan 54 is a beautiful top quality fast cruising yacht. This design, which comes from the board of German Frers, is serious blue water cruiser.
The design delivers a high spec, solidly built, moderate displacement yacht with more of a deep V hull form than many of today’s relatively flat-bottomed cruising boats. That means, for long distance sailing, the boat will lie more quietly at anchor, with less tendency to shear around in strong gusts, and the motion at sea is softer and more comfortable, especially when the wind gets up…
Going below decks is no hardship! The standard of joinery and finish is top notch, but this is not a traditional dark and dank old style interior – natural light pours in through coach roof windows, overhead hatches and hull windows. If you come sailing with us, you won’t be relegated to a hammock with a sleeping bag… The berths are wide, comfortable with plenty of storage space. And yes, it has a shower, (no smelly crew – yay!). We’ve equiped her for comfortable and safe long distance sailing with a fresh water making system, generator and inverter, aircon, microwave, dishwasher and washer / drier. We’ve even had a dive compressor installed to keep the bottles full!
When it comes to sailing, this is where the Swan comes into its own. Its fast, and high quality. The deck layout optimised for more serious sailing than that of many cruising yachts of this size. We’ve gone full carbon mast, boom and rigging (flash bro), winches are electric, self furling jib, B&G Zeus navigation (with AIS), radar and autopilot.
Overall, a lot of thought has gone into the design, there’s a great standard of finish, and the hull shape drawn to prioritise handling under sail and comfort at sea over interior volume. And lets face it, she’s just hot!
NAUTOR SWAN 54 SPECIFICATIONS
Length waterline: 14.40m
Sail area (main + jib): 149sq m
Fuel: 600 litres
Water: 670 litres