The new Swan 120 - Connecting and stretching boundaries

The new Swan 120 - Connecting and stretching boundaries

The new Swan 120 - Connecting and stretching boundaries

Superyacht

02/10/2018 - 11:27
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The  Swan  120  brings  together  the  skill  and  craftsmanship  of  three  distinct  groups,  all  renowned  in  their  individual  fields,  and  working  together,  in  partnership,  to  create  a  masterful  interpretation  of  the  modern  superyacht.  Delivering  unparalleled  comfort,  safe  passage-making  and  the  requisite  level  of  reliability,  the  Swan  120  resets  the  bar  for  this  size  of  yacht.  

The  naval  architecture  for  the  inspirational  project  emanates  from  the  Buenos  Aires  office  of  maestro,  Germán  Frers,  house  designer  for  Nautor’s  Swan  since  the  early  1980s.  A  fresh,  influential  element  in  the  longstanding  collaboration  between  Argentinean  flair  and  Finnish  build-prowess,  is  the  interior  design  contribution  of  Genovese  architect,  Misa  Poggi.  Featuring  the  latest  construction  techniques  and  materials,  along  with  an  innovative  range  of  solutions,  the  Swan  120  is  aimed  at  defining  the  next  generation  of  performance  superyacht  design.  

Shaping  the  present,  influencing  the  future  

The  shape  of  the  Swan  120  reflects  the  elegance  and  style  Frers  brings  to  all  his  yachts,  particularly  Swan  yachts  where  the  lines  are  instantly  recognizable  and  make  a  statement  in  every  harbour  and  on  every  ocean.  From  the  stunning  stem,  with  the  typical  Germán  Frers  sheerline,  the  hull  lines  sweep  gently  aft.  From  around  the  mid-point,  the  smooth  rocker  in  the  hull  rises  to  a  masculine  stern  with  powerful,  dynamic  quarters  above  the  waterline.  

The  hull  design  carries  almost  all  of  the  maximum  beam  right  aft,  a  concept  that  delivers  excellent  form  stability  when  heeled  and  at  the  same  time  creates  generous  volume  below.At  deck  level,  a  clean  foredeck  leads  aft  to  the  coach  roof  of  the  raised  saloon,  which  blends  seamlesslyinto  an  expansive,  protected  cockpit  area.  This  core  element  of  the  experience  afloat  is  completely  free  of  lines,  enabling  those  not  engaged  in  the  sailing  of  this  sublime  superyacht  to  truly  relax  while  underway.

 The  detailed  design  conceals  a  sophisticated,  electrically  controlled  bimini  top  and  sprayhood,  which  disappears  into  completely  flush  coach  roof  cassette  when  not  in  use,  and  offers  extensive  shelter  from  sea  and  sun.  At  anchor,  the  cockpit  area  transforms  into  an  encompassing  lounge  space.  With  versatile  deck  sofas,  it  is  the  perfect  place  to  unwind  as  the  sun  sets  before  converting  into  an  elegant,  intimate  dining  area.  Following  the  philosophy  of  other  designs  in  the  Maxi  Swanline,  the  Swan  120  also  offers  ‘aisle  seats’  to  enhance  both  the  sailing  and  leisure  experience.    

Aft  of  the  deck  lounge  is  a  clean  deck  space,  still  sheltered  by  the  coamings,  which  runs  to  behind  the  steering  pedestals  with  ‘aero-seating’.  In-between  the  helming  stations,  it  is  possible  to  incorporate  a  ‘snug-island’,  which  provides  protected  access  to  the  aft  accommodation  with  a  dodger,  sprayhood  and  cozy  seating  for  those  on  watch.  The  voluminous  stern  section  will  gain  real  attention  when  the  yacht  is  at  rest.  The  transom  folds  down  hydraulically  to  form  a  teak-decked  swim  platform  and  reveal  spacious  garage  housing  a  tender  of  4.5  metres  and  other  toys  of  choice.  Once  the  tender  is  launched,  the  large  area  becomes  available  for  watersports,  sunbathing  and  even  dining.  

The  design  means  the  clean  Swan  stern  under  sail  effortlessly  transforms  into  a  large  ‘beach-deck’,  connected  to  a  well-organized  ‘hangar’  for  maximum  entertainment  at  anchor.  In  addition  to  the  stern  platform  swinging  down,  a  section  of  the  aft-deck  may  be  opened  up  to  convert  into  a  large  sunbed  at  deck  level.    
The  hull  and  deck  of  the  Swan  120  will  be  a  full  carbon  fibre  construction,  using  epoxy  SPRINT®  pre-preg  carbon  fibre  interior  and  exterior  skins  on  a  core  of  M-grade  Corecell  foam.  The  pre-preg  system  provides  the  ultimate  in  structural  stiffness  and  rigidity  at  the  lightest  possible  weight,  while  at  the  same  time  ensuring  absolute  structural  integrity.  

The  hull  will  be  laid  up  in  a  female  mould  tooled  from  the  same  technology,  thereby  ensuring  identical  mechanical  properties  when  the  hull  undergoes  heat  curing  using  the  very  latest  in  oven  technology.  The  yacht  will  be  brought  to  life  in  Nautor’s  Swan’s  state-of-the-art  superyacht  facility  in  Pietarsaari,  Finland.  Latest  materials,  cutting-edge  build  techniques  and  the  finest  craftsmanship,  for  which  Nautor’s  Swan  is  renowned  the  world  over,  will  be  employed.  

The  Interior  Touch

 Within  this  graceful  hull  is  an  interior  designed  by  architect  Misa  Poggi.  Two  principal  interior  concepts  have  been  conceived:  Owner  Aft  and  Owner  Forward.  Both  Owner  stateroom  configurations,  offer  three  exceptional  guest  cabins,  each  with  ensuite  bathroom.  Misa  has  developed  a  sophisticated  theme  specifically  for  the  Swan  120  project,  featuring  the  finest  Italian  textiles  and  leathers  to  create  the  ultimate  ambiance  in  comfort  and  luxury,  for  the  Owner  as  well  as  family  and  guests.  

The  spacious  saloon  is  accessed  from  deck  via  a  magnificent  1.8m  wide  companionway  door  constructed  of  curvedglass  to  maximise  ease  of  access  and  natural  light  below.  Both  full-beam,  comprehensively-appointed  owner’s  suite  options  feature  Misa  Poggi’s  stylish  design-touches  with  ensuite  facilities  and  the  possibility  of  a  walk-in  wardrobe.  In  addition  to  the  Owner’s  stateroom,  there  are  three  ensuite  guest  cabins  envisaged,  one  double  and  two  twins,  along  with  three  twin  crew  cabins,  also  ensuite.  In  both  layouts,  for  privacy,  the  galley  and  laundry  are  positioned  close  to  the  crew  quarters  and  provide  everything  needed  for  seamless  service  of  the  Owner  and  guests.

 At  the  heart  of  the  yacht,  and  flooded  with  natural  light  from  the  coach  roof  above,  is  a  spacious  saloon,  featuring  a  lounge  area  to  port  and  a  dining  suite  to  starboard.    There  is  a  unique  saloon  layout  option  that  features  a  large  hull  window  adjacent  to  daybeds.  This  soft-furnished  space  is  perfect  while  under  sail  or  just  before  the  night  falls.  The  proximity  to  the  hull  and  water  offers  an  experience  of  the  sea  in  true  alignment  with  Misa’s  core  philosophy  for  the  interior.  It  has  been  commented  that  these  saloon  beds  are  reminiscent  of  the  ‘pilot  berths’  typically  found  in  Swan  yachts  from  the  1970s.    

Systems,  Rig  &  Appendages  

The  Swan  120  comes  with  a  comprehensive  specification  as  standard,  but  there  is  an  extensive  list  of  options  to  ensure  each  yacht  reflects  her  Owner’s  unique  interests  and  style.  Three  sail-plan  configurations  echo  the  diversity  of  approach  to  the  sport  of  sailing  and  that  different  Owners  will  favour  different  sailing  grounds.  Capable  of  world  girdling  exploits  to  concentrating  exploration  of  the  Mediterranean,  Caribbean  or  Pacific,  the  emphasis  will  always  respond  to  the  needs.    In  addition  to  the  sail-plan  considerations,  Nautor’s  Swan  has  given  thought  to  the  underwater  appendages.

Chief  among  these  is  the  option  of  a  telescopic  keel,  which  reduces  draught  from  5.5  to  3.5  metres.  In  conjunction  with  the  standard  twin  rudders,  this  keel  option  opens  up  a  world  of  shoal-draft  lagoons,  colourful  harbours  and  remote,  unspoiled  anchorages  without  compromising  sailing  performance.  As  expected,  the  system  design  is  optimized  for  safety  and  reliability  without  any  intrusion  into  the  interior.    

The  anchor  for  a  vessel  of  this  size  is  critical  piece  of  equipment  and  the  design-thinking  has  had  made  sure  that  the  Swan  120  has  an  appropriate  system.  The  anchor  is  launched  and  retrieved  by  means  of  a  hydraulic  retracting  and  folding  arm,  utilizing  a  design  that  has  proven  its  reliability  and  ease  of  use  over  many  years.  The  Swan  120  has  been  designed  to  enable  worldwide  cruising  without  compromise.  Advanced  sail  handling  systems  are  complemented  by  abundant  deck  stowage  including  a  spacious  forward  sail  locker  and  two  aft  lazarettes.  

She  also  has  generous  tankage  for  both  water  and  fuel,  all  easily  inspected.  Below  the  raised  saloon  is  a  full-beam  engine  room  providing  excellent  access  to  her  450hp  main  engine,  the  two  generators  and  other  electrical  and  hydraulic  systems.  For  those  wishing  to  compete,  there  is  a  comprehensive  racing  package  that  includes  a  square-top  mainsail  with  running  backstays;  a  double-length  bowsprit  with  bobstay  for  fast  reaching  with  powerful  masthead  gennakers  and  even  the  option  to  integrate  a  concealed  anchor  system.

 In  Summary  

Nautor’s  Swan  is  delighted  to  introduce  the  new  Swan  120  to  the  world.  The  very  latest  in  a  long  line  of  performance  cruising  superyachts  to  bear  the  name,  she  is every  bit  a  true  Swan.  Flawlessly  merging  performance,  elegance  and  pleasure,  the  Swan  120  is  certain  to  become  a  ‘tour  de  force’  in  the  sailing  world.

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