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Nautor's Swan Presents First Swan 98 Sailing Yacht BeCool

15 July 2020 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

Nautor's Swan has officially presented the first hull in its 30 metre Swan 98 sailing yacht model BeCool after the yacht hit the water for the first time.

The first 30 metre Swan 98 sailing yacht was launched from Nautor's Swan Pietarsaari-based facility in Finland.

During a virtual press conference, the yard also gave a construction update on the second and third hulls of the 98 model currently in build.

The second 98 will be launched at the beginning of September while the third will be launched in April/ May next year. The first 98, BeCool, will attend the Swan Cup in Porto Cervo this September.

Designed by veteran Swan designer German Frers, the 30 metre yacht design was unveiled in May 2018 and includes a number of customisation options to ensure no two Swan 98s will be the same.

The first Swan 98 sailing yacht has been launched Image courtesy of Nautor's Swan

Nautor's Swan chief executive, Giovanni Pomati, described the project as "the perfect blend of performance, elegance and luxury."

Nautor's Swan also revealed that the first hull features the 'Owner Aft layout', which sees the owner's cabin located aft. The interior will be bedecked in a "warmed traditional navy mood", with furniture and floorboards finished in dark oak with a satin finish.

The model also features the opt-in feature of a telescopic keel, which will reduce the draught from 4.9 to 3.2 metres and appeal to clients wanting to enter shallower reefs and harbours.

Image courtesy of Nautor's Swan

Frers’ design sees a flared stern aft with a sheerline sweeping to a clean foredeck and low profile coach roof. Plans include a hydraulically powered transom to reveal a teak-decked swim platform and garage for a tender of up to four metres.

A full beam engine room will sit below the raised saloon providing access to the yacht’s 279hr Steyr main engine.

The design allows for a second companionway aft for easy owner or crew deck access depending on the interior layout. The yacht will also feature twin helms aft, a square mainsail and double length bowsprit.

Plans show a hydraulically powered transom that folds down to create a teak-decked swim platform

Italian architect Misa Poggi has been handed the interior design brief with a total of four interior styles available to owners.

Speaking about the interior design, Poggi said: "Swan is the synthesis of a long and passionate experience of Finnish designers and manufacturers. I worked within this charismatic language with precise identities, respecting the codes.

She added: "I 'dressed' the 98 with four options that should be the interpretation of the personality and the soul of who is choosing this boat."

The yacht will feature twin helms aft

Poggi’s first layout places the master suite at the bow with a large bathroom, lounge and rear-facing bed. The second offers a more spacious full-beam master cabin aft with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

Three ensuite guest cabins – a double and two twins, complete the accommodation for eight people. The crew quarters will include two twin ensuite cabins for a staff of up to four people.

Speaking about the design, Poggi previously said, “The fundamental principles are exactitude and method, as well as the unchanging habit of involving craftsmanship, and the use of real, natural and traditional materials.”

During the press conference, Nautor's Swan also revealed it is set to add a third model to the MaxiSwan line.

The 26.8 metre model (88 feet) will be presented in early September, Nautor's Swan president Leonardo Ferragamo said.

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