"All of Nautor's know-how and experience in racing and cruising yachts have been incorporated in this new blue-water Swan 78, a direct descendant of the original Swan 80 and 82 models of the past. She is slightly shorter overall - in order to meet the EC 24.00 metre length overall limitation - beamier and more powerful. The modern hull lines, including a wide stern above the waterline, twin rudders and racing oriented keel design, are a reflection of the rapid evolution of yacht design during the past years, propelled by the experiences made on round-the-world races and other offshore events. The new boat will be faster, safer, easier to control and, as a result, more comfortable at sea. The keel options include deep telescopic lifting, fixed deep and fixed shallow possibilities yet maintaining stability, the same rudder configuration and standard sail plan.
The same could be said of the deck with its modern design, uncluttered surfaces and straightforward, simple solutions to sail handling and life at sea. The appearance is that of neatness and efficiency. Two options are offered for the interior, Owner Forward and Owner Aft. Centered around the main saloon and engine room, which maintain the same position facilitating weight distribution, planning of installations and flotation trim, both layouts share the same number of cabins: one double berth VIP and two twin berth layouts. These are slightly favoured in the Owner Forward version which allows for side by side bunks on the second and third guest rooms. Crew accommodations for two are ample and functional in both cases. I can say without reservations that this new Swan is, and will be, the best of her kind for the years to come."
With nearly 50 years of experience in composite large yacht construction, Nautor’s Swan offers an unparalleled know-how in the world of maxis. It was 1970 when the Swan 55, a Sparkman & Stephens design, became one of the largest composite sailing yachts of the time. And already in 1979 the 76 was launched, with the first magnificent Swan 86 hitting the water in 1988: that was one of the most beautiful maxis in history. The new Swan 78 represents, for Nautor today, a medium size, between the entry level 15 m yachts and the large 115-130 ft range. It benefits from years of experience in maxi design and construction, but is in itself a large step forward. Long ocean races have brought significant changes to the principles of yacht design, with enormous advantages in terms of stability, safety and performance. Today’s bluewater yachts are stable and fast, gliding on the waves and quickly gaining speed, with a significant increase in daily mileage and, at the same time, lower strain on the gear and rigging. This translates to greater durability. They are particularly stable, both in terms of roll, thanks to the new hull design and in direction, which is enhanced also by the twin rudders. The new Swan 78 encompasses all these principles in one of the most advanced bluewater packages of its category. The hull sections feature a tapered entrance and a powerful aft section, and are designed to maintain their symmetry at different heeling angles, with the optimal balance between performance and sea kindliness. The wide beam, that is nearly constant aftwards, contributes to the yacht’s stability and provides the added bonus of extremely comfortable accommodation below. The mix between these different qualities makes for top performances in extremely safe conditions, all enclosed in a package of rare beauty and elegance, such as only the skill of Germán Frers can achieve.
The deck is the one area of the yacht where owners, guests and crew spend the most time. Here is where the yacht is handled under sail, and here is where guests enjoy the seascapes at anchor. The Swan 78 deck layout is the most recent evolution of the “S” concept (Semi-raised Saloon), with the celebrated Swan coachroof, discreet and streamlined, with panoramic views from inside, due to the raised saloon. On the 78 Frers signature lines have given their very best, with sleek curves that create a volume capable of protecting the cockpit and creating more space below. The design is a masterly mix of curved lines and multifaceted surfaces, with 360 degree windows and a generous roof that doubles up as a sunbathing area. The recessed sprayhood and an innovative retractable bimini keep guests always well protected in a cockpit/lounge that features two C shaped settees each with its own table, that can be arranged in various configurations including a solution with a large central pouf.
All manoeuvres are at the centre of the cockpit and can be handled easily by a reduced crew. The five available winches are well placed around the helm stations with a central tower dedicated to the mainsheet.
Further aft the deck is equipped for sunbathing and swimming, with a completely open space that can be equipped with cushions and access to the swim platform, which also opens a full beam lazarette that can stow a rigid inflatable.
Forward of the mast the deck is completely uncluttered, an expanse of pure teak that ends at the forepeak with the large locker for the anchor.
To provide the most flexibility and satisfy any possible owners’ requirement, the interiors of the Swan 78 are offered in two exclusive and different layouts: Owner Forward and Owner Aft. In the first configuration, the Owner has a large suite forward, cooler and quieter. It is 4.5m long, with an island bed that is completely accessible on three sides. A desk and dedicated bathroom, with large separate shower compartment, complete this luxurious apartment. The Owners Aft version is dedicated to owners who wish to sail long distances and in any weather. The large suite, in this case, is placed to the stern, in the area where there is less movement and less noise under sail. The cabin provides an impressive 6m width, thanks to the generous volumes of the innovative hull.
Whichever the version, the accommodation also features three guest cabins with different layouts, all ensuite with separate shower compartments.
The saloon remains the same in both versions, and it is also over 6 m wide. It is raised to provide better panoramic views. Below, ample bilge volumes allow for a full beam engine room, totally soundproofed and large enough to accommodate a variety of systems and equipment.
The crew quarters are separate, forward or aft according to the chosen layout, with an ensuite cabin. The galley is in the same area, with large cooking areas and refrigerated stowage.
The celebrated Nautor finish guarantees top quality both in the technical details and in the finishing, with a wide choice of veneers and accessories.
The crew area aft displays a large American style galley. The crew can access the cockpit directly from here
The raised salon takes advantage of the wide beam with an easily accessible engine room underneath
The Owners’ suite forward is spectacular, with a partial bulkead at the head of the double bed and a large TV screen recessed in the full beam wardrobe
The Owners suite aft has a record width for the category, with a central bed placed in the area of the yacht with least movement under sail
The guest cabins have various configurations, from a double bed to twin bunks; further folding bunks can be fitted as an option
The crew area forward features a cabin with small dinette, complete with a folding table, that can be converted into two extra berths
LOA 23.98 m 78.67 ft
LWL 22.18 m 72.77 ft
Beam max 6.39 m 20.96 ft
Draft (light) 4.00 m 13.12 ft
Draft shallow (light) 3.00 m 9.84 ft
Draft lifting keel (light) 3.00 m/4.30 m 9.84 ft/14.11 ft
Displacement (light) 41,000 kg 90,390 lbs
Displacement (loaded) 46,000 kg 101,413 lbs
Ballast, standard keel 14,000 kg 30,865 lbs
Engine 140 kW 190 Hp
Rig and sail dimensions
IG 32.20 m 105.64 ft
J 9.35 m 30.68 ft
P 31.70 m 104.00 ft
E 9.75 m 31.99 ft
Main sail 193.70 m2 2,084.97 sq.ft
Fore triangle 150.50 m2 1,616.74 sq.ft
Jib 153.90 m2 1,656.57 sq.ft
Fuel 2,000 l 528.34 USg
Water 1,300 l 343.42 USg
CE-Approval Category A Ocean
Hull, deck and bulkheads in prepreg glass/carbon sandwich with Corecell foam core, vacuum and oven cured