The first 30 metre Swan 98 BeCool was launched from Nautor’s Swan Pietarsaari-based facility in Finland. Designed by Germán Frers, the brand-new Swan 98 needs to redefine high performance cruising by delivering comfort, safety and reliability while ocean passage-making at speed.
During a virtual press conference, Nautor’s Swan revealed that a second Swan 98 will be launched at the beginning of September while the third will be launched in April/ May next year.
Both hull and deck are built using epoxy SPRINT® pre-preg carbon fibre interior and exterior skins on a core of M-grade Corecell foam. This gives the ultimate structural stiffness and rigidity at the lightest possible weight, while at the same time ensuring absolute structural safety and reliability. The hull is laid up in a female mould tooled from the same technology to ensure identical mechanical properties when the hull is carefully cured in a highly advanced oven, installed at Nautor’s Swan’s new superyacht facility at the beginning of 2018.
The deck combines the superyacht experience of both Nautor’s Swan and Germán Frers, providing dual-purpose spaces for both efficient sailing and resting in style. Aft of the coachroof there is a ‘grande’ leisure cockpit clear of lines that allows owner and guests to relax under way and enjoy the sun, sheltered by a sprayhood that disappears into a coachroof recess when not in use.
Watch the construction process of the Swan 98
At anchor this cockpit becomes a social lounge space with versatile deck sofas, the perfect place to relax as the sun sets, and converts again to become an elegant dining area, shaded by an optional bimini. Aft of this is a clear deck space that serves as a sun-lounging area, sheltered by coamings, at anchor, and a line handling space for manouevres when sailing.
For those wishing to compete, the new Swan 98 has a comprehensive racing package that includes a square-top mainsail with running backstays. The package also includes a double-length bowsprit for fast reaching with powerful masthead gennakers.
About the interiors
There are two interior layouts available for the new Swan 98. The full-beam, comprehensively-appointed owner’s suite is either forward or aft, and features Misa Poggi’s four stylish designs with ensuite facilities and a walk-in wardrobe available in the Owner Aft layout.
“The premise of the project was to consider the genius loci as contact with the sea, an element which demands total respect and has a strongly magical element. The design philosophy is based on the fact that past and future are tradition and innovation that merge together in the idea for the project, without any useless extremism or virtuosity. 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. All this contributes to creating aesthetic value which goes beyond fashion and trends, interpreting a Client’s dreams and requirements and meeting their need for personalization”, commented Italian architect Misa Poggi.
Additionally, there are three ensuite guest cabins, a double and two twins, and two twin crew cabins, also ensuite. In both layouts, the galley is close to the crew quarters. At the heart of the yacht, and flooded with natural light from the coachroof above, is the saloon, featuring a lounge area to port and a dining suite to starboard.