For Nautor’s Swan, 48 is a magic number. One of the most iconic Swans ever was born in 1971 under this number: the mythical Swan 48. Designed by the best yacht designer of the best of all times, Sparkman & Stephens of New York, this iconic yacht won some of the most prestigious offshore races. However, racing was not the main purpose of the boat: like any Swan, she was born to be a perfect family cruiser, capable of sailing around the world in total safety and comfort. Following the same principles, in 1995 Germán Frers designed a new Swan 48 with the same level of grace and performance as the original one. Today, almost forty years after the original one, it’s time for another mythical Swan 48…
Swan 48 Design – The architect German Frers
Like every design coming off our drawing board, the new Swan 48 has been designed with heart and passion, but rather than acting only on the flash of a moment of inspiration, this new Nautor model is the result of a rational brief, based on market analysis and the experience. The Swan 48 is a new model created by the work of a team of experts, and she offers the best equipment and material specifications and solutions available in the market.
The equipment and tanks are low at the bottom of the hull and close to the longitudinal center of buoyancy. The angle of positive stability is in the order of 120 degrees. The displacement reflects the quality of the construction and the equipment dedicated to providing the best comfort on board.
A yacht that will be safe, a pleasure to sail, will have an easy motion at sea due to the form stability and moderate ballast of the three keel options available, standard, shallow and racing. Following the latest larger models, the new design shows no distortion in the stern sections, the deck beam has been carried all the way back to the transom in combination with a twin rudder arrangement. Positive control shallow rudder draft and extra sailing length are some of the advantages of this design. A well illuminated, massive interior volume where every one of the three cabins and two toilets, that include separate showers has been carefully developed.
On deck, there are separate areas for relaxing and sail handling. All halyards and sails are controlled from the cockpit and the tails stowed in dedicated bins. Protection from the elements is given by the spray hood mounted in combination with the bimini. The lazarette is large enough to stow a fully inflated 2.80 meter tender.
For sailors interested in racing at the Corinthian level there is a performance package, including a racing keel, a square-top mainsail, carbon fiber mast and rigging, long bowsprit, upgraded deck gear.
Swan 48 – Deck
The deck plan has been designed for maximum efficiency, safety and comfort. The deck design, particularly the coachroof, is the most relevant part of a boat in terms of aesthetics and character. At Nautor we have always paid close attention to this aspect and the ‘wedge’ coachroof design has been a brand hallmark since its introduction in 1971 with the original S&S-designed Swan 48. The design of the new Swan 48 represents the latest generation of wedge coachroof to evolve from that original design. It is designed with a combination of soft curves and faceted surfaces, presenting a new style but still in the family feeling of her bigger sisters, the Swan 65 and 78. It also introduces the ‘Eagle’s Eye’ feature, a long brow that gives the whole coachroof the appearance of a raptor’s intense gaze.
The cockpit, well protected by deep coamings along its length, has Swan’s typically functional layout with a forward area dedicated to guests, that is fully protected by sprayhood and bimini, a central section where all sailing gear is concentrated with winches within easy reach of the helmsman, and an aft area dedicated to sunbathing and direct access to the sea via the opening platform. Safety is always a priority on a Swan. To this end, a special solution for the main sheet has been developed to prevent the sheet crossing the whole cockpit and reduce the danger from an accidental jibe. As an option, the platform can also provide access to the tender garage. Other areas, like the forward sunbathing area with cushions well integrated into a recessed part of the coachroof, are dedicated to comfort at sea.
Swan 48 – Interior
By keeping a sense of classic style and elegance, Swan 48 offers an interior arrangement providing a clear feeling of space and volume. The three-cabin layout comprises the owner forward with a private head, a VIP cabin starboard and a guest cabin portside, both aft. The two heads are a statement of comfort and space, both with a fully separate shower compartment.
Located at the centre of the boat, the main saloon is open wide, with a C shape sofa and natural light irradiating from three different levels, giving brightness to the whole space. The chart table on the starboard side, to be chosen in three different layouts.
The galley configuration offers freedom of movement at 360° in every condition, with a domestic size fridge and valuable volumes for storage.
The soundproofed engine room guarantees good accessibility and includes a dedicated space for an optional genset.
For styling and finishing, Swan 48 features three different moods proposed by our interior designer Misa Poggi: Northern Light, which embodies the typical Swan style, Blue Eyes inspired by Scandinavian design, and Red Velvet, which reflects the warm atmosphere of the latin countries. These styles create a special atmosphere and energy, determined by the relationship between elements and materials.
Swan 48 – Data
|LOA:||14.78 m (48.49 ft )|
|LWL:||13.88 m (45.53 ft)|
|Beam max:||4.59m (15.06 ft )|
|Draught (light):||2.40 m (7.87 ft )|
|Displacement (light):||15.000 kg (33.070 lbs )|
|Ballast, standard keel:||5.200 kg (11.465 lbs)|
|Engine:||Volvo D2-75 Saildrive 55 kW 75 Hp|
|Fuel:||360 l (95.1 USg)|
|Water:||500 l (132 USg)|
|Fore triangle:||58.9 m² (633 sq.ft)|
|Main sail:||77.1 m² (830 sq.ft)|
|Jib:||62.5 m² (673 sq.ft)|
|Gennaker:||216.7 m² (2333 sq.ft)|
|CE-approval:||Category A Ocean|