Two years in development, the first Swan 98 sailing superyacht, Be Cool, is undergoing her final in-water detailing and checking. Her owner will take delivery in time to enjoy a combination of cruising and racing. In fact, one of the first things he’ll do is participate in the Swan Cup in September in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
This new maxi Swan measures 97 feet LOA (29.6 meters), not including a bowsprit. She features styling and naval architecture by Germán Frers of Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering. Because of the series’ dual focus, and with this owner prioritizing cruising over racing, Frers says comfort underway was a high priority. To address racing needs, a square-top mainsail package is available, with running backstays and a double-length bowsprit to handle masthead gennakers.
With a beam of 22’9” (6.97 meters), Be Cool has a fixed deep keel, yet another of several configuration options. Those options further include an owner-aft interior layout. Situating the master aft lends a nice air of privacy over the owner-forward alternative. While the three guest staterooms enjoy privacy as well, Be Cool isn’t an overly formal yacht. In fact, friends and family are welcome to head into the galley just down the hallway to treat themselves.
In working with designer Misa Poggi, the owner of Be Cool chose the Traditional Navy decor package. It’s one of three available for the Swan 98, each named for its color and overall design schemes. Therefore, expect shades of blue to characterize cushions in areas like the saloon. (Speaking of which, fill-in cushions that sit atop the cocktail table turn the saloon settee into a giant daybead, perfect for movie watching.) Oak paneling also strongly characterizes the Traditional Navy package.
Two additional Swan 98s are under contract, both with owner-aft interiors.
Nautor’s Swan nautorswan.com
Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering germanfrers.net