Oy Nautor AB is a Finnish producer of luxury sailing yachts, based in Jakobstad. It is known for its Swan range of yachts. The company was founded in 1966 by Pekka Koskenkylä. In August 2012, a Swan 90S named Freya was the 2000th Swan to be built and launched by the yard.
- 1 The Designers
- 2 Ownership
- 3 The Nautor Yard
- 4 Club Swan
- 5 Current Swan Line - Models
- 6 Nautor Swan Production History
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 Reference List
Nautor has worked with three design firms since its founding.
Sparkman & Stephens were the designers of the first 775 Swan yachts sold by Nautor, including the original Swan 36. These early designs combined a luxurious interior in a fiberglass hull with features that were then current in successful racing boats, such as the separation of the skeg-hung rudder from the keel. They won numerous races including the Cowes Week in 1968, the Bermuda Race in 1972 by Swan 48, followed by even bigger success in 1974, when a ketch rigged Swan 65 by the name Sayula II won the first ever Whitbread Round the World Race. In 2016, this adventure will be presented in a documentary film called The Weeked Sailor
During the mid to late 1970s the designs from the American company were not as successful as those from relatively new designers from New Zealand (Ron Holland and Bruce Farr) and Argentina (Germán Frers). They were more focused on performance than comfort. The tie with Sparkman & Stephens was broken, and between 1978 and 1981 Ron Holland started his cooperation with Nautor's Swan, designing five models of which 283 yachts were sold and the one of Nautor 102 which was styled in partnership with Jon Bannenberg.
In the 1980s, Nautor's Swan entered a new era with the appointment of Argentinian Germán Frers as designer. Over 900 yachts have been produced on the design of Frers. The yard has continued to stay with Frers, and the hull designs have continued to follow modern trends, becoming more and more like a racing skiff in appearance, with bowsprit, vertical bow, shallow hull, flat run aft and wide stern. Narrow fin "bulb" keels and twin rudders (one each side of stern) are now present in racing-oriented Nautor Swan models. In recent years, the average size of the boats has increased.
Frers has also collaborated with other design houses during his tenure. Notably Andrew Winch on the styling of the Swan 36 and Swan 44 Mk I produced in the late 80s to mid 90s. Most recently Beiderbeck Design undertook the overall concept, and interior design of the first semi-custom Swan 105, with naval architecture by Frers.
In late 1969 the assembly hall of the Nautor's Swan boat yard burnt to the ground, destroying a dozen hulls in various stages of production. As a result, Pekka Koskenkylä was forced to sell stakes of Nautor's Swan to Wilhelm Schauman Oy (UPM) in order to finance the rebuilding of the yard and to restart production.
From 1998 on, Italian businessman Leonardo Ferragamo and a group of investors have controlled and managed Nautor's Swan, continuing to push forward innovations and changes intended to place Swan yachts at the forefront of the international sailing world.
The Nautor Yard
Since the foundation of the company in 1966, a little over 2,000 Swan yachts have been produced, ranging from 36 to 131 feet in length. The firm employs about 400 staff, and an almost similar number of indirect staff.
The historical plant in Kållby, just outside Jakobstad, is dedicated to plug and mold fabrication and the lamination of all Swans' hulls, using an advanced and fully computerized milling machine to shape the moulds. Another part of the plant is dedicated to the assembly of the smaller size yachts from "Swan 42" to the "Swan 53". The Kållby plant also includes an in-door water facility to test the yachts prior to delivery.
In 2002, a new yard, close to the sea, has been opened in Jakobstad. The new yard is dedicated to the assembly of "Maxi" Swan Yachts, from the "Swan 60" to the "Swan 100".
The third plant is in Kronoby, close to Jakobstad, and it is here that expert carpenters work, dedicated to the hand-made preparation of the wood interiors, which have become a feature of all Swan yachts. A sample of the wood of each yacht is kept at the factory so that an exact replacement could be made if required.
ClubSwan is a non-profit organization whose members are present, past and future Swan yacht owners. The club house is located at the Segelsällskapet Yacht Club in Jakobstad, Finland. Leonardo Ferragamo is the chairman of the club. Among the honorary members are the former King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Pekka Koskenkylä, German Frers, Ron Holland and Lady Pippa Blake, wife of deceased Peter Blake.
The highlight of the racing calendar for Swan owners is the biennial "Rolex Swan Cup", held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in association with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which traditionally embodies "The Spirit of Swan" in its glamour and quality of sailing. Two other well known events are the "Swan European Regatta", usually taking place in the waters of Cowes in association with the Royal Yacht Squadron; and the "Swan American Regatta" taking place in the waters of Newport Rhode Island, in association with the New York Yacht Club.
ClubSwan has been also the entity that has favoured the creation of some special racing classes, like the "Swan 45 Class", the "Club Swan 42 Class" and more recently the "Swan Maxi Class".
"ClubSwan" also organizes a series of annual cruising rendezvous in some of the most spectacular sailing areas.
Current Swan Line - Models
Nautor is globally recognised as a producer of exquisitely crafted yachts capable of offering style and performance. Apart from the recently announced ClubSwan50 model designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the current range of Swan yachts are all designed by fellow Argentinian yacht designer Germán Frers. The larger models (from the Swan 60 upwards) are available in either flush deck (FD), semi-raised saloon (S) or raised saloon (RS) versions.
Current Swan Line - Model Sizes (Imperial)
LOA: Length Overall, LWL: Length of Waterline, Beam: Width, Draft: Underwater Depth, Disp: Displacement, Ballast: Leverage Weight, Ratio: Ballast/Displacement, I: Headsail Height, J: Fore-Triangle Length, P: Mainsail Height, E: Mainsail Length, Main: Mainsail Area, Gen: Genoa Area, SA: Working Sail Area, Spin: Spinnaker Area
Current Swan Line - Model Sizes (Metric)
Nautor Swan Production History
Swan Production Yachts
Swan production yacht models are listed below:
|Swan 36||1967–1970||Sparkman & Stephens||90|
|Swan 36||1988–1996||Germán Frers||55|
|Swan 37||1970–1974||Sparkman & Stephens||59|
|Swan 371||1979–1986||Ron Holland||87|
|Swan 38||1974–1979||Sparkman & Stephens||116|
|Swan 39||Racing||1978–1979||Ron Holland||12|
|Swan 391||1981–1987||Ron Holland||52|
|Swan 40||1970–1972||Sparkman & Stephens||51|
|Swan 40||1992–2001||Germán Frers||58|
|Swan 41||1973–1977||Sparkman & Stephens||61|
|Swan 411||1977–1979||Sparkman & Stephens||42|
|Swan 42||1980–1985||Ron Holland||38|
|Club Swan 42||2006-2013||Germán Frers||57|
|Swan 43||1967–1972||Sparkman & Stephens||67|
|Swan 431||Racing||1976||Sparkman & Stephens||1|
|Cruising||1976–1978||Sparkman & Stephens||31|
|Swan 43||1985–1990||Ron Holland||28|
|Swan 44||1972–1975||Sparkman & Stephens||76|
|Swan 441||Racing||1978–1979||Ron Holland||5|
|Swan 44||Mk I||1989–1994||Germán Frers||19|
|Mk II||1996–2002||Germán Frers||50|
|Swan 45||2002-2010||Germán Frers||51|
|Swan 46 Mk I||1983–1989||Germán Frers||81|
|Swan 46 Mk II||1990–1997||Germán Frers||28|
|Swan 46 Mk III||2004–2007||Germán Frers||24|
|Swan 47||1975–1984||Sparkman & Stephens||70|
|Swan 48||1971–1975||Sparkman & Stephens||46|
|Swan 48||1995–2003||Germán Frers||57|
|Club Swan 50||2016–||Juan Kouyoumdjian||1|
|Swan 51||1981–1985||Germán Frers||36|
|Swan 53||1986–1994||Germán Frers||50|
|Swan 53 Mk II||2004-2015||Germán Frers||25|
|Swan 54||2016–||Germán Frers||>2|
|Swan 55||1970–1974||Sparkman & Stephens||16|
|Swan 55||1990–1996||Germán Frers||22|
|Swan 56||1997–2006||Germán Frers||46|
|Swan 57||1977–1984||Sparkman & Stephens||49|
|Swan 57 Mk II||CC||1996–2000||Germán Frers||5|
|Swan 59||1984–1990||Germán Frers||21|
|Swan 60 Mk I||1994–2003||Germán Frers||28|
|Swan 60 Mk2||FD||2009-||Germán Frers||11|
|Swan 601||2004–2007||Germán Frers||7|
|Swan 61||1985–1990||Germán Frers||14|
|Swan 62||RS||2001–2003||Germán Frers||3|
|Swan 65||1972–1989||Sparkman & Stephens||41|
|Swan 651||1982–1991||Germán Frers||19|
|Swan 66||FD||2007-||Germán Frers||7|
|Swan 68||CC||1991–2004||Germán Frers||2|
|Swan 70||2001–2008||Germán Frers||7|
|Swan 75||FD||2004-2012||Germán Frers||5|
|Swan 76||1979–1981||Sparkman & Stephens||5|
|Swan 77||1992–2003||Germán Frers||10|
|Swan 78||S||2017–||Germán Frers||Concept|
|Swan 80 Mk I||1999–2004||Germán Frees||8|
|Swan 80 Mk2||FD||2010-2016||Germán Frers||4|
|Swan 82||FD||2000–2008||Germán Frers||7?|
|Swan 86||1988–1990||Germán Frers||3|
|Swan 90||Mk I||1991||Germán Frers||1|
|Mk II FD||2008-2015||Germán Frers||5|
|Mk II S||2008-2015||Germán Frers||6|
|Swan 95||FD||2017–||Germán Frers||Concept|
|S||2017–||Germán Frers||In Build|
|Swan 100||FD||2002-2012||Germán Frers||3|
|Swan 105 RS||2014-2016||Germán Frers||1|
|Swan 112 RS||1999–2006||Germán Frers||5|
|Swan 115||S||2015–||Germán Frers||>1|
|Swan 131||2006||Germán Frers||1|
|Total: 88 Models||50 years||4 Designers||>2015|
(CC = Centre Cockpit; FD = Flush Deck; RS = Raised Saloon; S = Semi-Raised Saloon) (Current Swanline in bold)
One Off - Custom Yachts
|Model||Launch Year||Designer||Launch Name||Notes|
|Nautor 102||1986||Ron Holland||Garuda|
|Volvo 60 OD||2000||Mani Frers||Amer Sports One / Nautor Challenge||Built by Composite Works|
|Volvo 60 OD||2000||Farr Yacht Design||Amer Sports Too / Nautor Challenge||Built by Composite Works|
|Nautor 76||2006||Luca Brenta||Silandra V|
|Nautor 78||2007||Bill Tripp||Valkyrie|
Motorsailers & Motorboats
|Nautor 39||1977 - 1978||Sparkman & Stephens||4||Motorsailer|
|Nautor 40||1972||Don Shead||2||Planing|
|Nautor 43||1976 -||Sparkman & Stephens||24||Motorsailer|
|Nautor 47||1971 - 1972||Don Shead||7||Planing|
|Nautor 50||1976 - 1978||Sparkman & Stephens||9||Motorsailer|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nautor's Swan.|
- Nautor's Swan
- S&S Swan Owners Association
- Swan 42 Class Association
- Swan 45 Class Association
- Gazprom Swan 60 Class Association
- A quick look at the very first Swan (S&S Swan 36)
- http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/history/1_history_1973-1974.html 1973–1974 / Overview, Volvo Ocean Race History.