First Nautor’s Swan 95 takes shape
by Philip Reynolds
The starboard half of the hull mould is taking shape, utilising the builder’s in-house seven-axis milling machine. Nautor’s Swan says, “The milling machine is very accurate and makes sure that the hull mould gets the precise shape, following the 3D geometry from our naval architects.”
Once the milling is complete, the mould will be treated and painted, then the mould can be used for its intended purpose – to laminate the carbon fibre epoxy hull of the very first Swan 95 sailing yacht. The hull of the Swan 95 is built from a female mould using full carbon sandwich construction for the hull and deck for maximum stiffness, yet minimal weight.
The sleek lines and twin rudders ensure that the Swan 95 is both responsive and easy to manoeuvre. The Swan 95 also has the option for a lifting keel.
Nautor’s Swan unveiled its new 28.8 metre model at the Rolex Swan Cup and Monaco Yacht Show last September, and a few months later announced the sale of the hull No 1 of its Swan 95.
The Swan 95 joins the Swan line up, which extends to the new 115 flagship, of which four have been sold.
There are two versions of the 95, the S, with its semi-raised saloon, and the FD, or flush deck. The 95S is what is in build and will leave Nautor's yard in Pietarsaari (also known as Jakobstad) on the Gulf of Bothnia in northwest Finland in June 2017.
The Swan 95 is described as a versatile, high performance yacht, suited to competitive racing, while the spacious interior is lends itself to comfortable extended cruising with an owner's cabin, plus three guest cabins and two crew cabins,
Luca Lucheschi, Nautor’s commercial director, said: “It’s been a very positive year for Nautor's Swan with the launch of several new models and a full order book. The Swan 95 has been very well received and the first sale confirms this.” The Finnish company will celebrate half a century of yacht building heritage next year.