First Maxi Swan 120 model sold and under construction
by Miranda Blazeby
The yard used the occasion of the Boot Dusseldorf boat show to reveal that the first model in the line is currently in the engineering stage in preparation for the start of construction. It is one of the six new models under construction at the yard, which also includes a Swan 48, Swan 65, Swan 98, ClubSwan 36 and ClubSwan 125.
The yard announced it is also set to almost double the number of deliveries it makes this year, from the 11 yachts delivered in 2018 to 20 scheduled for delivery this year.
It comes after 2018's final year brokerage report showed a year on year increase in the sales of sailing yachts, accounting for 12.2% of overall sales last year.
The 36.5 metre Maxi Swan model was first revealed at the 2018 Monaco Yacht show. It has been designed by veteran Nautor's Swan designer German Frers and features interior design by Italian architect Misa Poggi, who also handled the interior design of the Swan 98.
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.
Product line leader Peter Naeye explained while presenting the model at the Monaco Yacht Show last year: “The deck folds open to create a beach deck not only to launch a tender but for swimming, scuba diving, even to have breakfast in the morning. It’s something I haven’t seen before.”
Interior designer Misa Poggi has created two interior configurations; one with the owner’s cabin aft and one with the owner’s cabin forward. Both configurations feature 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.
In both layouts, the galley and laundry are located next to the crew quarters while the full-beam owner’s cabin features an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Another standout feature is a saloon accessed via a 1.8 metre wide companionway door made of curved glass. Interior materials, meanwhile, will feature Italian textiles and leathers.
Naeye said the Swan 120 embodied the Nautor’s Swan DNA by balancing luxury and performance.
“Nautor’s Swan is also about performance. We like to race and be competitive and although we have Club Swan, Maxi Swan should also be fast. It has everything you need to be competitive on the racing scene. Club Swan is about racing and the Maxi Swan is about cruising.”
Naeye revealed that the base price of the new model would be €16 million. He added: “Quality costs money, the DNA of Nautor’s Swan comes with a price and we have managed to be very aggressive on pricing.”