Swan developing new flagship Maxi
Nautor Swan has begun building hull one of the Swan 128 in Finland, where it’s also completing the first hulls of the Swan 88 and Swan 108.
German Frers, who has been designing for Swan since 1981, is responsible for the naval architecture of the Swan 128, which marks his 13th new model – including seven 80ft-plus Maxis – for the Finnish builder in the last 10 years. Hull features include a double rudder blade, while the contained heel – around 20 degrees in optimal conditions – enables a comfortable ride.
Cape Horn Engineering handled CFD analysis, to test and optimise the shape of the canoe body in all dynamic sailing conditions.
Micheletti + Partners designed the deck and the coachroof, developing upon the style of the Swan 108. The design was studied and enhanced through an exchange between all the parties involved, especially in terms of the relationship between the hull and superstructure, the latter being particularly agile and sporty despite the semi-raised saloon layout.
The bow has been designed to have good separation between the headstay and Code 0 while the cockpit offers the typical three-area division that characterises all Swans. The front area, close to the deckhouse, is protected by a sprayhood and a bimini top, while a retractable model with rigid structure is optional.
The classic configuration with C-shaped sofas, double table and aft-facing sun deck is standard, while the flat-floor layout has no fixed volumes and can be customised. The central cockpit area includes the winches and the second companionway, connecting the crew quarters with the wheels.
The entire stern is dedicated to the beach club, which connects to the large swim platform that can be further extended in the optional double-action version. The aft garage can accommodate a tender up to 4.5m.
Misa Poggi worked with Frers and the shipyard on the interiors, as she has done for all recent Swan Yachts and Maxis. The interior’s notable features include a large area of the foreship entirely dedicated to the owner with no design constraints in terms of shape or structure, allowing the space to be customised and to make each yacht unique.
Hull one of the Swan 108 will launch in spring 2023 and has been conceived to cruise around the world, featuring a customised interior by Poggi.
Swan’s other recent maxi-sized models include the ClubSwan 125 Skorpios, which launched and started racing last year, and the ClubSwan 80, which competed in two regattas last month before its world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show.