Nautor Swan hybrid sailing yacht Swan 88

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Sighted: Nautor Swan's first hybrid sailing yacht in final assembly stages

7 February 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Nautor Swan's 26.5-metre sailing yacht, the Swan 88, is undergoing final assembly after completing the painting process. This is the first time the model has been sighted since it was revealed in December 2021, at a virtual press conference hosted by yard chief executive Giovanni Pomati.

"[Swan 88] is an entry size to the world of Maxi," Pomati said at the time. "We wanted to build a superyacht with an efficient platform, in terms of management costs [and] easiness to get the charters certifications."

Described as a "no-compromise cruiser with a racer soul", the Swan 88 will have a draught of four metres, with options for a shallow-draught, telescopic and performance keel. The yacht is also designed for comfort with a maximum heeling angle of 20 degrees and sports "feminine exterior lines" penned by veteran Swan designer German Frers.

Accommodation is for 10 guests, including an owner’s cabin located forward and four guest en suite cabins. The crew area will support four crew members. While interior details are yet to be revealed, they have been styled by Misa Poggi.

Key features include a deck split into four distinctive areas, with the first three located aft and a fourth sitting forward. Aft, the guest cockpit features a new coachroof design with an integrated sprayhood, Bimini and modular benches that can be arranged in flexible configurations – from lounging to formal dining.

The manoeuvring area with the yacht’s winches is centrally positioned, while a new beach club area sits at the stern with access to the water and a large tender garage. The fourth area is described as a “sunset lounge” and sits forward of the mast.

According to BOATPro, Nautor Swan has four yachts currently under construction. This includes the Swan 128, the shipyard's second-largest model to date.

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