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Discover Swan 55 Interiors explained by Misa Poggi

by Germán Frers, Nautor's Swan 5 Jul 20:14 BST
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From 1970 up to the present day: over 50 years of evolution since the Swan 55 was pencilled on the drawing board of our designers in Pietarsaari.

Starting with the first legendary Swan 55 designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1970, then the Swan 57 launched in 1977 and ten years afterwards, the Swan 53 drawn from the pen of German Frers, as were her sisters the Swan 56 in 1997 and Swan 53 in 2005, today we are writing another page in the history of this awe-inspiring model. Remain alert to find out more...

The new Swan 55
By Germán Frers

This new version of the Swan 55 model Line represents a new generation of hull design developed over the past couple of years with the assistance of tools available today to study the behavior of the canoe body in all sailing conditions.

There are hulls with a powerful back end that attain maximum sailing length and low resistance while heeled thus the lowest possible displacement / length ratio and they provide excellent balance through the range of heel angles in combination with the well proven twin rudder set up.

When designing the bow sections which are well rounded transversally and have a sharp entry angle, we have favored the sailing condition and comfortable ride when heeled. Because of the longitudinal high length to depth ratio sometimes it will be necessary to slow the speed while powering against a head chop.

The hull displacement is the result of a thorough study of weight and the position of the equipment onboard. These boats need to carry a fair amount of equipment for the comfort of the people living and enjoying life on board. However, the speed will be very good all around.

She will be a pleasant yacht to sail, easy to handle and cruise in its standard version and race in in its performance set up version, which includes a square top mainsail and a bowsprit for the light weather and downwind sails.

Deck

The deck is the most important area on a proper sailing yacht. The deck is where you control your yacht, enjoying the fun of sailing in pleasant weather and also conquering thrilling heavy storms while remaining safe and sheltered,. At the same time, the deck is the area where you enjoy life at sea with family and friends: being at anchor in beautiful bays, swimming, sunbathing, dining alfresco and deploying the tender for exploring remote, untouched places.... all in all, the deck is where you mostly experience the true pleasures of sailing and cruising.

The deck, and particularly the coachroof, are also the key elements that gives character to the whole project, and the design of these largely defines the beauty of a yacht.

Swans have always been designed taking the deck and its organization into great account. From the very first yacht in the late 60's, every Swan has a deck optimized in every detail for efficient, safe and enjoyable sailing and living aboard in great comfort, be it under way, at anchor or in marinas. Today our yachts show a hallmark deck organization, with well separated areas for handling the boat while sailing and living comfortably in all possible situations, be it sunbathing, dining or swimming. Great care is also given to proper protection both from adverse weather and from sun with well-designed sprayhoods, biminis and awnings.

The new Swan 55 is perfectly in line with this ethos, adding in some new innovations that enhance liveability still further in the cockpit and transom areas, like the "transformer" tables or the extra-long swimming platform.

Interiors

"A blue water with an exclusive layout is born. Three cabins, two bathrooms and a "stock" cabin, to be used according to the owner's needs. A layout allowing great comfort for long periods of ocean navigation. The design matches with the materials. The one chosen for the Swan 55, have been selected to be aligned with the life onboard and it mirrors a perfect home-lifestyle... practical, pleasant, comfortable and durable. Four essential elements that need to coexist at sea.

Particularly balanced colors and finishes to expand spaces and create an environment of super comfort. The moods have been designed to respond to the different types of customer... from the most classic at the most "extravagant", but always maintaining the style and the elegant standard of a Swan. For the internal finishes of the bulkheads, the wainscot style is proposed among other options as an homage to the historical seafaring tradition... obviously through the eyes of Swan safety." - Misa Poggi

When a yacht is designed for proper bluewater cruising, interior arrangements play a fundamental role. They have to combine features that are often at odds with one another: space and liveability that won't make you regret leaving your house and, at the same time, all the elements that allow you to move around belowdecks in safety when sailing in heavy weather. There must be ample natural light but also all the necessary storage space and functional areas. Taken together, the interiors must offer the best compromise possible given the purpose of the yacht, a definite challenge in this case.

In addition, a Swan must also give you a sensation of refined luxury, a unique experience that only renowned Finnish craftsmanship is able to create. The new Swan 55 offers an exclusive layout that combines all these elements. There are three comfortable cabins with two heads, complete with a separate shower box (a third head is optional). The salon and galley are designed for maximum liveability but also to be very functional while under sail.

In addition, there is also an additional cabin dedicated to storage that can be organized according to your needs or converted into a proper crew cabin with an enclosed head and a sink. All this to provide maximum flexibility in order to fulfill your plans, offering the perfect platform to explore the world in comfort and in safety.

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