“Here in Pietarsaari, there’s always something brewing,” says Giovanni Pomati, CEO of Nautor’s Swan. The sailing-superyacht shipyard has a few ClubSwan racers and maxi cruiser-racers in build, for instance. Plus, it has a new entry-level maxi, the Swan 88, promising features not previously found aboard other Swans.
The model, joining a lineup that includes the Swan 98, gets her name from her hull length. It’s 87’10” (26.54 meters), whereas her LOA is 98’8” (28.27 meters). In keeping with her dual focus on cruising and racing, the aft guest cockpit offers options for lounging and dining. In fact, modular settees permit varying comfortable arrangements. Farthest aft, the Swan 88 has a beach-like area, for more lounging or jumping into the water to swim. This further is the access for the tender garage. Forward, meanwhile, owners and guests can use the area for sunning or relaxing with a drink.
Even though the Swan 88 is engineered for leisurely cruising, with a standard moderate draft of 13 feet (4 meters) and telescoping options, she’s a bluewater performer, too. In fact, her naval architect, Germàn Frers, says his team performed new studies to ensure this. As a result, the build and design teams say the sailing superyacht has a heeling angle up to 20 degrees and will ride softly even in rough seas. For racing, the team points to the ability to fraction the foretriangle in four stays: gennaker, code zero, jib, and staysail. The staysail can feature a self-tacking track, too. Overall, the total sail area measures 4,708 square feet (437.39 square meters).
Within the 22-foot (6.72-meter) beam, owners who enjoy taking family and friends on long trips have several arrangements from which to choose. For instance, one features a forward master suite and four guest staterooms, along with accommodations for four crewmembers. Yet another option is to have a TV lounge instead of a VIP stateroom. Pullmans can go in the twin cabins as well. You might also like the galley to include a dinette, as an ideal breakfast area, conversation spot, or crew mess—or all of the above.
Regardless of choice, the Swan 88 has a novel first for the shipyard, a see-through stairway from the cockpit to the saloon. Two additional stairs lead down aft to the guest staterooms, for dramatic effect.
Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering germanfrers.net
Nautor’s Swan nautorswan.com