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In pictures: First look inside Swan 120 sailing yacht Audrey the First

23 June 2022 • Written by Holly Overton

Finnish shipyard Nautor's Swan has revealed the first interior images of its 36.5 metre Swan 120 sailing yacht Audrey the First since her global debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. 

Audrey the First is the first model in the Swan 120 series and the flagship of the shipyard's Maxi line. Billed as a "new era" of performance yachts for Swan, she was designed by longstanding collaborator Germán Frers with Mark Whiteley creating the custom interior concept. The interior even scooped a Neptune at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards in the best Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts category. One judge described the interior as a "pure execution of detail". 

Courtesy of Nautor's Swan

The owner of Audrey the First requested a highly-customised finish and brought in Mark Whiteley Design to develop the general arrangement and interior design in collaboration with Nautor's in-house design team. The brief was to marry and merge the two narratives of classic architecture and modern design into a new whole, and to establish a modern classic theme.

The 36.5 metre yacht was designed by German Frers, with interior design by Misa Poggi
The Swan 120 has been developed specifically for cruising

The design and build team created a modernised classic sailing yacht interior with a more cosy feel than usually found on modern performance cruisers. This modern classic look was achieved by pairing rich mahogany with stainless steel detailing, set against fielded panelling and white, hand-pinated surfaces. Bespoke furniture was created with the use of fine leathers, Loro Piana upholstery and loose pieces by Linley.

Interior designer Misa Poggi has created two interior layouts, one that places the owner's cabin aft and one that places the owner's cabin forward

The main saloon is open-plan but split into two key areas with a convertible dining table to starboard and a lounge to port. The saloon is made flexible with adaptable seating that can be turned into day beds or regular-depth seating as required. An owner-requested wine bar that transitions from guest to crew space is another smart feature that earned extra points for layout innovation.

The saloon is accessed via a 1.8 metre wide companionway door made of curved glass that leads down from the cockpit. The cockpit sits well clear of the sailing operations and helm stations and can be used while at anchor or underway. Much like the saloon, it is a flexible space with low-slung tables that can be lifted and joined for al fresco dining.

The owner's cabin is placed aft, while the remaining guest accommodation is comprised of an additional three guest ensuite cabins, one double and two twins, as well as three twin crew cabins with private bathrooms for a staff of six.

Described by the yard as “defining the next generation of performance superyacht design”, the 120 features a concealed electronically controlled bimini top and sprayhood with ‘aisle seats’ on deck. A "snug" area is a key on-deck space that sits between the helming stations.

The transom meanwhile transforms into a large teak-decked swim platform with a garage large enough to hold a 4.5 metre tender and other water toys. Once the tender has been launched, this area can also be used for sunbathing or light dining.

Currently under construction at Nautor's Swan are two Swan 98s and a Swan 108, a new addition to the shipyard's maxi lineup unveiled in May 2021.

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