Odin may be the fourth hull in the Swan 115 series, but Enrico Chieffi, vice president of Nautor’s Swan, insists she’s different. Like the Norse god of the same name, the sailing superyacht should wield power. Particularly, she promises thrilling performance at higher top speeds downwind. No wonder Chieffi calls her the yard’s “crowning achievement” and “the most technologically advanced boat ever built at Nautor.”
Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering designed Odin for family-oriented owners who wanted a cruiser racer. As to the above-mentioned performance, Germán Frers of the design studio says they wanted “adrenaline-pumping performance.” This Swan 115 therefore is lighter weight plus displaces 76 tons, vs. 96 tons for the standard cruising version. A custom dual-rudder system, custom mast, plus a deeper keel and heavier bulb bolster performance, too. (Draft ranges from 15 to 22 feet, or 4.5 to 6.75 meters, due to the lifting keel. The standard keel sees the 115 draw 15 feet, or 4.7 meters.) Frers expects Odin to see speeds similar to those of grand-prix maxis while reaching as well as running.
Given the extreme racing edge, Odin needed to keep her luxury interior lightweight. The Dutch studio deVosdeVries Design met the stringent weight requirements while simultaneously meeting the owners’ ambiance requirements. They wanted “something different,” the studio says, but still modern, welcoming, and casual. Odin therefore shows off brushed, light-grey-stained oak paneling. Richer wenge lays underfoot, cross-planked for visual interest. Rounded corners and recessed handrails call attention to themselves, too. Grey-toned furnishings complement the overall look, from the eight-person dining area to the staterooms. Interestingly, the tones serve another purpose as well. They call to mind the deck hardware.
With mast-stepping complete (above), Odin is nearly ready for her formal debut. She makes her world premiere at next month’s Monaco Yacht Show.