2017 Swan 54
The Swan 54 is a pure bluewater cruiser. The contained freeboard and deep V hull, ensures smooth sailing in rough conditions.by Sulthoni, on
The mid-size Swan in the key size range between 48 and 55 feet has played an important part in the history of Nautor’s Swan. Some of the most successful and beautiful yachts ever built found their place in this category.
From the innovative Swan 48 designed by Sparkman & Stephens - the first Swan featuring the famous “wedge” shape coachroof - for sure the most reproduced design by other yacht producers.
In this size range Swan also finds the iconic Swan 51 from 1981 - the first Swan designed by Frers and inspired by the Admiral’s Cupper Blizzard. Her racing pedigree was in no doubt but the Swan 51 also proved perfect for long distance cruising and paved the way for many other designs from the great Argentinian’s pencil.
From 1986 to 1994 Frers created the Swan 53, the renowned cruiser of which 50 units were produced, along with other Swans which still attract huge interest in the market.
After all this is the size range which combines sufficient space onboard for extended cruising with ease of handling, without the necessity of a professional crew.
It is in this scenario that the new Swan 54 enters, the latest version of the bluewater cruiser according to the experience of Nautor’s Swan, fast, comfortable and above all, very beautiful.
2017 Swan 54
She is graceful, elegant and nice looking, the freeboards and overhangs are well proportioned and will have timeless appeal.
This is the second generation of blue water cruising yachts, designed for Nautor. She has been refined in all departments and stands out in the crowd because of her design and the inherent quality of her construction. This is a sailing yacht, large enough for a group of six to cruise in comfort but small enough to be able to be sailed and maintained by her owners.
This is the boat anybody like me, with a wealth of offshore racing experience and a taste for blue water cruising with family and friends, or young people looking to have the adventure of their lives, would dream to own and enjoy in all places of the world without limitations of any sort.
She is graceful, elegant and nice looking, the freeboards and overhangs are well proportioned and will have timeless appeal. Form and function are in complete harmony.
Her hull lines are sweet and undistorted and she has an easy motion at sea, no pounding when powering upwind against a moderate chop.
The prismatic coefficient was planned for above average all around speed over 8 knots. The waterplane area as a result of the relatively long waterline coupled with a high center of buoyancy contributes in great part to the form stability thus, the relatively low ballast to displacement ratio to enhance a good soft motion.
Both appendage configurations will be moderately loaded while going upwind and never stall and there is plenty of steering control in all conditions.
The deck is minimalistic in design and well married to the hull in appearance. Surfaces are clean and uncluttered facilitating sail handling and the movement of the crew while sailing or at anchor. Her rig completes the equation, She will be a joy to sail.
The deck layout has been developed to meet two fundamental objectives: ensure comfortable sailing with limited crew and provide areas designed to best enjoy life onboard.
The deck layout has been developed to meet two fundamental objectives: ensure comfortable sailing with limited crew and provide areas designed to best enjoy life onboard. The transom opens fully into a wide swim platform allowing direct access to the sea. The positioning of the mainsheet on the coachroof, rather than in the cockpit, allows the use of the wide bimini while sailing. The bimini, together with the sprayhood which is recessed and retractable, provides complete protection from the elements. The four standard electric winches in the cockpit, close to the helmsman, facilitate easy sailing with limited crew. The generous stowage volumes, including the sail locker in the bow and full lazarette in the stern area, enable all equipment, such as a RIB (inflatable), fenders and sails to be safely stowed yet remain easily accessible.
This original configuration offers three double cabins, with the owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins, one central and the other aft.
Similar to the deck layout, the interior has been designed to ensure maximum comfort for long periods, both under sail and at anchor. This original configuration offers three double cabins, with the owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins, one central and the other aft. There is also a fourth cabin dedicated to systems and storage, including the generator and washing machine, with the possibility to add a work table so as to convert it into a crew cabin. A configuration perfectly suited for extended bluewater cruising and lengthy stays aboard. The saloon has a ‘c’ shaped sofmetersch is three metres long, with a central table and two stylish chairs. While opposite, there is the chart table with a generous navigational station, with plenty of space for electronics. There is also the option of a foldaway table, allowing additional seating.
Offers generous counter and storage space, along with the possibility of three refrigerators.
The galley, one of the largest in this class of yacht, is three metres long, offers generous counter and storage space, along with the possibility of three refrigerators. Located in the most stable part of the boat and close to the companionway, one can cook comfortably even while underway. The use of natural oak throughout, combined with the quality finish and materials Swan is known for, creates a bright and refined interior.
She is conceived to be the perfect boat for extensive living on board, to enjoy the best cruising locations all over the World.
Bluewater sailing is a concept that encompasses a world of open spaces, far horizons and long distance cruising: in this sense, the Swan 54 is a pure bluewater cruiser. She is conceived to be the perfect boat for extensive living on board, to enjoy the best cruising locations all over the World. The moderate displacement hull and high-performance lead keel give the Swan 54 a particularly stable and smooth motion in a seaway. She is fast and powerful in every condition, giving a full sense of safety at the same time. In addition, the high aspect ratio of the rudder provides impressive control, increasing the pleasure of helming. The contained freeboard and deep V hull ensures smooth sailing in rough conditions and enhance stability at anchor or when maneuvering in windy conditions.
Beautiful, fast, comfortable, laden with clever features and details to enjoy the sea and the environment, she is a yacht for life, to love and to be proud of.
Sailing on the Swan 54 is a pure joy: cockpit ergonomics and deck gear organization are designed to offer always the most comfortable and well protected position, allowing the helmsman to control every trim in complete autonomy. If your favorite cruising area has shallow waters, the Swan 54 is also available with variable draught (1.40 to 3.70 meters), with an efficient daggerboard and twin rudders. Beautiful, fast, comfortable, laden with clever features and details to enjoy the sea and the environment, she is a yacht for life, to love and to be proud of.
Hull construction is a glassfibre vinylester laminate of closed cell foam cored sandwich topsides and monolithic bottom shell. Multiaxial fibres are reinforced with unidirectional fibres in selected areas.
• All stiffeners are unidirectional glass layups.
• Structural bulkheads are a glassfibre vinylester laminate and foam cored sandwich construction laminated to hull and deck.
• The forepeak and lazarette are separated by watertight bulkheads from the interior.
• The deck is of sandwich construction, using multiaxial glass fiber reinforced vinyl ester laminate, with low-density closed cell foam core, and is bonded to the hull.
• High-density core or solid laminate is under deck fittings.
• The teak deck consists of 45 x 9 mm quarter cut teak battens with 4 mm black caulking. Nominal thickness, on side decks, on bathing platform and on cockpit sole and seats. Vacuum packed and bonded to the deck with epoxy adhesive with screws only in hatch frames and bonders.
• The teak toe rails are 35 mm high.
• Two removable teak footrests for helmsman are mounted behind the steering wheels.
• The keel is a lead casting with antimony and carefully finished to accurate shape. Cast-in keel bolts are of high-tensile stainless steel.
• The rudder is of foam filled GRP with tapered hi-tensile stainless steel stock, supported by two self-aligning bearings.
• Weed deflector in front of rudder.
|Length overall||16.48 m / 54.07 ft|
|Length of waterline||14.40 m / 47.24 ft|
|Beam max||4.75 m / 15.58 ft|
|Draft standard keel (light)||2.44 m / 8.01 ft|
|Draft daggerboard keel (light)||1.40 m / 3.70 m 4.59 ft / 12.14 ft|
|Displacement (light)||22,000 kg / 48,500 lbs|
|Ballast, standard keel||8,200 kg / 18,100 lbs|
|Ballast, daggerboard keel||10,150 kg / 22,400 lbs|
|Engine Yanmar shaft-folding propeller||81 kW / 110 Hp|
|Sail Area (main sail + 110% Jib)||149 m2 / 1,604 sq.ft|
|Spinnaker||210 m2 / 2,260 sq.ft|
|Fuel tank 600 l / 156 gal|
|Water tank 670 l / 177 gal|