Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 SWAN 54 preview
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:29 PM
The new Swan 54 was exhibited at the Cannes Yachting Festival to great success with Swan owners, prospects and industry professionals having the pleasure to visit Nautor’s Swan’s new blue water model.
Open spaces, distant horizons, unspoiled islands: the Swan 54 is a thoroughbred bluewater cruiser. Designed by Germán Frers, the moderate freeboard and deep V hull, also available with daggerboard and twin rudders, ensure smooth sailing in rough conditions. The deck plan has been carefully designed with all sail controls next to the twin helms, allowing the Swan 54 to be easily sailed short-handed. Below the spacious accommodation has been handcrafted by Nautor Finnish craftsmen – perfect for extended stays aboard.
The new Swan 54 represents the latest version of bluewater cruiser, derived from the unrivalled experience of Nautor’s Swan – fast, comfortable but above all, very beautiful.
She has been refined in all departments and stands out in the crowd because of her design and the inherent quality of her construction. This is a sailing yacht, large enough for a group of six to cruise in comfort but small enough to be able to be sailed and maintained by her owners.
Germàn Frers comments: “This is the boat anybody like me with a wealth of offshore racing experience and a taste for blue water cruising with family and friends, or young people looking to have the adventure of their lives, would dream to own and enjoy in all places of the world without limitations of any sort.
She is graceful, elegant and nice looking, the freeboards and overhangs are well proportioned and will have timeless appeal. Form and function are in complete harmony.
She is graceful, elegant and nice looking, the freeboards and overhangs are well proportioned and will have timeless appeal. Form and function are in complete harmony. The Swan 54 is a joy to sail”.
The deck layout has been developed to meet two fundamental objectives: ensure comfortable sailing with limited crew and provide areas designed to best enjoy life onboard. The transom opens fully into a wide swim platform allowing direct access to the sea. The positioning of the mainsheet on the coachroof, rather than in the cockpit, allows the use of the wide bimini while sailing. The bimini, together with the sprayhood which is recessed and retractable, provides complete protection from the elements. The four standard electric winches in the cockpit, close to the helmsman, facilitate easy sailing with limited crew. The generous stowage volumes, including the sail locker in the bow and full lazarette in the stern area, enable all equipment, such as a RIB (inflatable), fenders and sails to be safely stowed yet remain easily accessible.
Transom opens fully to create a large swim platform (2.5 metres wide)
Protected area for guests, with bench seating and teak table (sides fold down), recessed sprayhood and optional bimini
Numerous ports and flush hatches provide ventilation and natural light in the interior, with the option of four large windows in the hull
Plenty of storage space throughout including the sail locker forward, starboard cockpit locker, as well as in the aft lazarette
Four electric winches well positioned in the cockpit, close to the helmsman, to facilitate short handed sailing
Coachroof mounted jib tracks leading directly to the winches, to enable better pointing ability and completely clear decks
Similar to the deck layout, the interior has been designed to ensure maximum comfort for long periods, both under sail and at anchor. This original configuration offers three double cabins, with the owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins, one central and the other aft. There is also a fourth cabin dedicated to systems and storage, including the generator and washing machine, with the possibility to add a work table so as to convert it into a crew cabin. A configuration perfectly suited for extended bluewater cruising and lengthy stays aboard. The saloon has a ‘c’ shaped sofa, which is three metres long, with a central table and two stylish chairs. While opposite, there is the chart table with a generous navigational station, with plenty of space for electronics. There is also the option of a foldaway table, allowing additional seating.
The galley, one of the largest in this class of yacht, is three metres long, offers generous counter and storage space, along with the possibility of three refrigerators. Located in the most stable part of the boat and close to the companionway, one can cook comfortably even while underway. The use of natural oak throughout, combined with the quality finish and materials Swan is known for, creates a bright and refined interior.
The aft cabin has a large berth
(190 cm wide), with the option of dividing it into two single berths
The central location of the guest cabin means that it can also be used comfortably while sailing
The large owner’s stateroom forward, with its island berth (160 cm wide), also offers plenty of storage space
The dedicated utility cabin, also provides plentiful stowage and access to systems and can be fitted out with a berth for guest or crew
The forward head is directly connected to the owner’s cabin with a separate shower and the option to convert this into a full third head
The moderate displacement hull and high performance lead keel give the Swan 54 a particularly stable and smooth motion in a seaway. She is fast and powerful in every condition, giving a full sense of safety at the same time. In addition, the high aspect ratio of the rudder provides impressive control, increasing the pleasure of helming. The contained freeboard and deep V hull, ensures smooth sailing in rough conditions and enhance stability at anchor or when manouvering in windy conditions. Sailing on the Swan 54 is a pure joy: cockpit ergonomics and deck gear organization are designed to offer always the most comfortable and well protected position, allowing the helmsman to control every trim in complete autonomy. If your favourite cruising area has shallow waters, the Swan 54 is also available with variable draught (1.40 to 3.70 metres), with an efficient daggerboard and twin rudders. Beautiful, fast, comfortable, laden with clever features and details to enjoy the sea and the environment, she is a yacht for life, to love and to be proud of.