Nautor’s Swan has used the occasion of the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 to unveil its latest sailing yachts, which include the SWAN 120 in the Maxi Swan series and the SWAN 125, the largest of the Club Swan Yacht series and the world’s fastest supermaxi yacht.
The SWAN 125 from naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian is a high-performance superyacht which was commissioned for a passionate Owner, his friends and crew.
Above deck, the design features a convertible cockpit that has two broad sunbeds on either side which can be converted into seating. During racing, the furnishings can be removed altogether. The helm station is placed centre of the stern section for excellent views and optimal performance in regattas. The foredeck remains clear for crew access and for guest sunbathing and observation while at anchor. Skylights within the deck further illuminate the guest cabins below.
Inside, the interior uses a dark and masculine colour scheme with carbon-finished hull sides visible in all cabins with hull windows, while satin-finished walnut provides the main veneer for its rich grain and colour. Pale-coloured high-quality fabrics and leathers enhance the natural finish within the contemporary interiors.
The Owner’s suite can be divided into two separate guest cabins with en-suite amenities by adding a centreline bulkhead, while the crew accommodation is placed aft. A navigation station is adjacent to the crew companionway, while the engine room just forward of the mast divides crew areas from guest cabins.
ClubSwan Yachts is the high-performance series of the Nautor’s Swan hulls, known for their speed and cutting-edge technology that make them viable options for competitive sailing. While other hulls in the series measure 10m/36ft and 15m/50ft, the SWAN 125 has a Length-at-Waterline of 36.7-metres and stands out not only due to her size but also her features: An innovative single curved foil system was chosen for optimum sideways lift when conditions arise and vertical lift in faster conditions, reducing hull drag and loss of dynamic righting movement. The daggerboard system also has the novel feature of not appearing on deck, leaving the area free for guest and crew usage.
The hydraulic system is designed around the sailing functions and is divided into high and low-pressure modules for optimal function. The Owner also specified a diesel-hydraulic propulsion system with a retractable propeller system to minimise hydrodynamic drag while cruising.
The SWAN 125 has been designed for luxury as well as performance, and the deck plan and sail handling systems have been designed for functionality as well as beauty in the layout.
Key partners in the design of the SWAN 125 were:
- Southern Spars: Paul MacDonald/Steve Wilson – mast design
- North Sails: Jens Christensen/Steve Calder – deck layout and sail plan configurations
- Cariboni: Gianni Cariboni/Paula Cariboni – hydraulic systems and controls
- Harken: Peter Harken/Morgan Gutenkunst/Emanuele Cecchini – deck hardware
- Re Fraschini: Piero Refraschini – carbon components
- Gurit: Stefan Gautchi/Philip Aikenhead – supply of laminates and materials for the structures
“Never have so many professionals from the racing industry been working around the ultimate performance Swan,” commented Heini Gustafsson, ClubSwan 125 Senior Designer Interiors and Styling. “Teamwork is paramount and we have been able to create an interior that meets the criteria of a superyacht and a record-breaking racer. To be part of the design team of such a remarkable project is an experience of a lifetime! Stepping from the conceptual phase to actual engineering and construction is as exciting as it was when I started working for Nautor many years ago and followed the first components that I designed being built”.