New Models 2020/2021: Sailing Monohulls
Beautiful sailing yachts round out Yacht Style’s series on new models.
Nautor’s Swan staged a live streaming press conference for its first Swan 98 before the first hull, Be Cool, was due to appear publicly for the first time at autumn regattas although its schedule has been affected by the cancellation of the Rolex Swan Cup, which was due to be held in Italy’s Porto Cervo in September.
The 98 is the first model in a new Maxi Swan range by the legendary German Frers, 79, who has been designing for the Finnish yard since 1981. Genovese architect Misa Poggi has designed an interior that offers two layouts – owner aft with walk-in wardrobe or owner forward – along with a double and two twin guest cabins, plus two twin crew cabins, all with ensuites.
Beneteau’s new sailing yachts include the stunning Oceanis Yachts 54 designed by Italians Roberto Biscontini and Lorzenzo Argento, the former handling naval architecture and the latter leading interior and deck design.
On this little sister of the flagship 62, a straight stem increases interior volume in the bow while the maximum beam (5m) has been extended aft, where the garage door opens to become the swim platform and also deploy an 8ft inflatable tender.
The cockpit has a flush layout with distinct areas for lounging and sailing, while Argento has created an interior featuring abundant natural light and ventilation, and available in light oak or walnut.
A large C-shaped sofa and dining table to starboard faces an L-shaped sofa by the chart table, with galley aft. The master cabin is in the bow and two guest cabins are in the stern, either both with ensuites or sharing one bathroom to enable a larger galley.
Beneteau’s other new model is the Oceanis 40.1, which sits at the heart of a range from 30.1 to 51.1. The 40-footer features a new flared hull design by Marc Lombard, with steps extending over a third of the bow, and a modular interior by Nauta Design.
A C-shaped sofa, dining table, moveable bench seat and chart table are to port, opposite a welcoming C-shaped galley. Layouts include two, three or four cabins, with the master in the bow.
Meanwhile, Jeanneau is preparing to launch its Yachts 60 this year ahead of its world premiere at Boot Dusseldorf in January, while fellow French builder Dufour started 2020 with the world premiere of its 530 in Dusseldorf before preparing to stage its in-water debut this autumn.