Nautor’s Swan is currently building five maxi superyachts that will launch a new era for the Finnish builder, starting with the world premiere of the Swan 98 at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, scheduled for September 23-26.
Three units have already been sold and the first will hit the water in the summer outside the BTC (Boat Technology Centre) in Pietarsaari, northern Finland, where construction continues year-round despite the snow season typically lasting from November to May. A ClubSwan 125, designed to break many long-standing world records, is also under construction and set to launch in the autumn, while the first Swan 120 is expected to launch in early summer next year. Maxi Swan (98, 120) is one of the yard’s three ranges along with Swan Yachts (48, 54, 58, 65, 78) and ClubSwan (36, 50, 125), the latter group all designed by Argentine Juan Kouyoumdjian, 49.
German Frers, also from Argentina, has worked with the Finnish yard since 1981 and the legendary 78-year-old designer is behind the 98 and 120, as well as the entire Swan Yachts line from 48-78ft. The 98’s hull and deck are built using epoxy Sprint pre-preg carbon-fibre interior, with exterior skins on a core of M-grade Corecell foam, providing structural rigidity and light weight. The 30m model features two layouts – owner aft and owner forward, each with three additional guest cabins – and four different interior moods.
Misa Poggi has developed of the three themes featuring Italian textiles and leathers – Timeless Classical White, Traditional Navy and Wine Cowes. Spirit of Finland, a Nordic-inspired mood, has been created by the shipyard’s interior department. Hull one has an owner-aft layout and a warm Traditional Navy mood featuring furniture and floorboards in dark oak with a satin finish, as well as cognac-coloured leather panelling in the saloon. Giovanni Pomati, Group CEO, said: “Nautor’s Swan is excited to introduce the new era of Maxi Swan with the Swan 98 to the world in September. She is a modern masterpiece of design and construction, the perfect blend of performance, elegance and luxury. She is destined to become a timeless superyacht.”
Since 1966, Swan has built more than 2,000 yachts between 36-131ft. Its 2019 sales were split between North Europe and Russia (42 per cent), Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa (38 per cent), Asia-Pacific (10 per cent) and Americas (10 per cent). A new Swan 48 was recently delivered to Japan.