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September 2004

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Angelo Colombo


The Nautor's Swan boatyard was founded in 1966 in Finland and right from the start gained an international reputation for the production of luxury sailing yachts that efficiently combined comfort and performance. The yard's boats have taken part and distinguished themselves in numerous international races to such an extent that there are now sports events - such as the Swan Cup - created ad hoc for Swan owners. So right from the start of its activities the yard has aimed at a marriage of comfort and performance, developing designs that can stand as points of reference for this type of yacht, and also obtaining favourable responses on international markets.


LOA: 24.89 metres
Length on waterline: 21.26 metres
Beam: 5.86 metres
Draft: 4.02 metres
Ballast: 13.300 kilos
Light displacement: 37.000 kilos
Fuel tank: 1.750 litres
Water tank: 900 litres
Engine: 1 x 180 HP Cummins
Sail area (mainsail + genoa 110%): 322.70 square metres.

For further information contact OY Nautor OB, P.O. Box 10, FIN-68601 Pietarsaari, Finland; tel. +358 6 760 1111; fax +358 6 760 7364; website; e-mail

We've already had occasion to talk about the 82, but this time the yard is offering a version that lies between the 82RS and the FD, the former designed for cruising and the latter a pure racer. The Swan 82S, or Semi Raised Saloon, is a compromise between the two earlier versions, built to suit those who not only love racing but are also partial to cruising. The demand for sailing yachts that can hold their own in a race yet include all the comforts it is legitimate to expect on vessels of this size is constantly increasing. State of the art technology means that boats can be built with spaces and furnishings suitable for long periods aboard while maintaining weights within limits that do not jeopardise performance. Of course a sailing racer has deck features different from those of a yacht conceived mainly for cruising, just as the sail plan and the immersed appendices will be different. The Finnish yard developed the 82S design seeking to best combine the characteristics of the racing and cruising versions: the result is a yacht which has open air and deck spaces that can be enjoyed for long periods and which is capable of high performances without a numerous and expert crew. One of the stylistic elements that leaps to the eye in this new version is, precisely, the deckhouse: not for nothing does the name of this model derive precisely from the form of that element, smaller in size than that of the RS but thrusting to the point of leaving much of the deck unencumbered. For development of the design the yard employed the expert pencil of German Frers who, in the past, has already talked to us about similar projects oriented precisely towards racing and fast, comfortable cruising. The choice of building materials fell on composites reinforced with carbon fibres in order to ensure structural rigidity to a high standard of toughness, thus making the vessel suitable for facing heavy seas and extreme conditions. In the course of developing the design German Frers paid special attention to the safety factor, envisaging devices and constituent elements of the structure with the objective of producing an ocean-going vessel, i.e. one capable of safely encountering adverse conditions. As for the quick-works, they were designed to emphasise the qualities of stability, even though the keel, compared with the standard version for the other 82' models (3.75 metres deep and L-design with bulb), at 4 metres is deeper and has a slimmer profile to optimise performance while reaching. The sail plan, though not as extensive as that of a pure racer, is nevertheless designed to guarantee the high performances required of the 82S. So mast and boom are in carbon, with four orders of quartered crosstrees with crow's nest, double backstay and shrouds. The mast is 32.5 metres tall on the deck and the sail area is decidedly great: with main and genoa at 110% it is 322.7 square metres. The mainsail has five full battens and is 11 square metres larger than the initial version of the Swan 82, but if the owner prefers he can also choose a roller type main. The deck is in carbon sandwich with technological materials inserted to guarantee tough structure in spite of light weights, in view of the high workload it must bear from the powerful sail plan. As for the superstructure, it was designed setting out from the RS version, with the owner and guests' relaxation area aft of the deckhouse followed by the complete two-position wheelhouse. As we said earlier, both the deckhouse and the relaxation area are low-profile in accordance with the sporty aspect of the design, but the size of the superstructure ensures adequate volumes in the saloon. The interiors of course may vary in function of each individual owner's specific requirements, but the standard design envisages a roomy owner's cabin aft, developed over the whole width of the hull and with private bathroom, wardrobes, sofas and plenty of space. Between this cabin and the saloon situated amidships, there are two double cabins, both with private bathroom and twin beds. The very spacious living area amidships features a C-shaped sofa with a table and, opposite, an L-shaped sofa with a coffee table. Over and above entertainment equipment, there is a chart table with armchair and instrument repeaters. The crew's quarters occupy the whole forward zone and consists of skipper's cabin with double bed and private bathroom, a galley with dining and relaxation area for personnel, a cabin with bunk beds and private bathroom plus a sofa and coffee table for the sailors' leisure moments or to accommodate an extra crew member. So while maintaining the same waterlines as the yard's two previous versions, the Swan 82S is substantially an evolution of the design which to date has been much appreciated and is now aimed at a vaster public, attracted by racer performance together with the comfort of a cruiser.