Finnish shipyard Nautor Swan has revealed a new 25.6-metre addition to its lineup of Maxi sailing yachts, the Swan 80.
Described as a "true maxi", the new model was revealed at Cannes Yachting Festival and is an evolution of the Swan 78. The design reunites the team that worked on the newest addition to the Nautor Swan fleet - the Swan 108 – with Germán Frers (naval architecture), Lucio Micheletti (exterior design) and Misa Poggi (interior design).
With a waterline length of just under 24 metres, the Swan 80 can maximise all the advantages of its size and design while avoiding EC regulations and limitations.
An uncluttered and near-flush wood deck with a low-profile coach roof runs aft from the mast. The cockpit section is flat which allows for numerous seating and storage configurations, while an open aft deck can be set up for swimming and sunbathing when cruising, with a beach area and swim platform adjacent to a full beam lazarette. Sailing operations are kept aft for the central cockpit, leaving the space free for lounging and entertaining.
The Swan 108, like its predecessor, features twin rudders for directional stability that are sealed with sacrificial tips and the rudder stocks are encased within sealed compartments to minimise the impact of collisions with a submerged object. A tapered hull entrance and powerful aft section offer balance and stability at different angles of heel without sacrificing performance, and owners can choose between a fixed deep, fixed shallow, and deep telescopic lifting keel. Wood-covered cockpit coamings are a new detail.
The interior configuration is flexible and offers accommodation for up to 10 guests. Other options might see a guest cabin converted for crew use or used as an extension of the saloon in the form of a reading nook or dining area.
The model will be built from foam-cored glass fibre-reinforced epoxy. The Swan 80 is the smallest in the shipyard's lineup of Maxi Yachts, which also includes the in-build Swan 88, Swan 98, Swan 108, Swan 120 and in-build Swan 128.