All About The New ClubSwan 36 - Fast, Furious and Electric

 Philippe Oulhen and the new ClubSwan 36 at Nautor Swan in Pietarsaari, Finland. Photo: Daniel Novello

Philippe Oulhen and the new ClubSwan 36 at Nautor Swan in Pietarsaari, Finland. Photo: Daniel Novello

During a recent visit to Nautor Swan in Pietarsaari, Finland, we had the pleasure of being properly introduced to the new ClubSwan 36. It really is an impressive design from the hands of Juan Kouyoumdjian, the Argentinean designer who also designed a string of winning Volvo Ocean Race Yachts.

Juan K, as he is known around the yard, has also designed the ClubSwan 50 and the upcoming ClubSwan 125. 

A Growing Racing Scene

The ClubSwan Yachts Division now consists of 5 different designs. The new 36, the older 42 and 45, the new 50 and the new 125 still in build and development at the yard.

Seeing the new 125 in mid build was a truly impressive operation. More on that in a later article.

 Awesome lines from Juan K with the transverse sliding C-foil. A first for the yard. Photo: Daniel Novello

Awesome lines from Juan K with the transverse sliding C-foil. A first for the yard. Photo: Daniel Novello

Amateur/Owner Driven Only

The ClubSwan 36 class rules are in development, but one principle central to all Swan One Designs has been settled from the outset. This is a strict amateur Owner/Driver class with a maximum of 50% the crew being professionals. The aim being to encourage the virtues of Corinthian sailing. We gather this strategy will help recruit the next generation of ClubSwan racers. It also represents an entry level design into the active ClubSwan Racing Scene.

High Tech in the High North

The technical side of the ClubSwan 36 is apparent: flush deck, open cockpit and retractable bowsprit; chamfered bow to lower CG and to cut aero drag and weight; the transverse sliding C-foil, offering side force and lift in varying degrees depending on the angle of heel; and, the “soft” carbon rig providing a myriad of tuning opportunities.

The ClubSwan 36 C-foil is symmetrical, residing in an unobtrusive, internal trunk. With the boat weighing 2.5 tonnes, it is going to be very fast downwind. Upwind the foil will efficiently create side-force turning the keel fin into just a bulb holder. And, the drag downwind will be minimal.

The C-foil is deployed using a block-and-tackle system. Downwind it becomes a central component in determining optimal trim. Generating some side force when the boat is heeled means it is a boat that responds positively to heeling downwind. This has advantages in getting the twin rudders in line with the water flow. Philippe Oulhen underlines that the boat will not fly, but rather skim across the water at a higher speed with optimum heeling. He also said dinghy racers will feel right at home onboard the new 36!

When we asked about if anyone ever had considered canting rudders, the answer was somewhat ambiguous...

 Philippe Oulhen enthusiastically talking about the ClubSwan 36. Photo: Daniel Novello

Philippe Oulhen enthusiastically talking about the ClubSwan 36. Photo: Daniel Novello

The Green Gold

Hull Zero, due to be launched later this year, will be sailed by the ClubSwan 36 project team as a prototype. 

The prototype will also help enable the development of a transformational, innovative auxiliary propulsion system. Nautor’s Swan, Torqeedo (the German manufacturer of electric motor and battery systems) and BMW have partnered to develop a zero-emission e-propulsion system. The approach is to consider the system-efficiency as a whole from the battery to the propeller, where a 5-blade retractable propeller is already on the drawing board. It would be great if every owner chooses electric power!

Chieffi and Ferragamo is onboard keeping the company grounded in its history - and looking forward!

When addressing the ClubSwan 36 project, Enrico Chieffi, Vice President of Nautor’s Swan, past Olympian and former Star World Champion, is quick to emphasise that the ClubSwan 36 holds true to the longstanding philosophy of the established boat-building brand: “We have always been about delivering the very best possible sailing experience to our owners. Combining our considerable skill in building seaworthy yachts with the elegance and design flair of the moment. Incorporating new materials and technology that enhance the sensation of time afloat. Introducing innovations that change the way the industry thinks. The ClubSwan 36 covers all these and will be a fabulous addition to the Nautor’s Swan range and, in particular, the ClubSwan division.”

 Juan K, Leonardo Ferragamo and Philippe Oulhen. Photo: NautorSwan/Fabio Taccola

Juan K, Leonardo Ferragamo and Philippe Oulhen. Photo: NautorSwan/Fabio Taccola

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan, is another enthusiastic proponent of the project and has been ever since the concept was first put forward: “We are always looking to open the world of Nautor’s Swan and the ClubSwan soul to an ever-larger audience and especially to the next generation of sailors. 52 years after the launch of the first Swan model, Nautor is introducing a fifth one design class: the ClubSwan 36.” 

 “The first ever Swan was an emblem of innovation and modernity,” continues Ferragamo. “Our goal is to keep going in the direction of travel that started 52 years ago:  looking for a very simple way to race with a fast, safe and performing boat, keeping Swan’s DNA: quality, attention to detail and style.”

36 feet of floating history

in 1996, Nautor Swan bought back the first Swan 36, Tarantella. She then underwent a full refit by the original crew of boatbuilders that had originally built her. Today she is not only a national treasure, but a testament to the proud boatbuilders from Pietarsaari and her respectful Italian ownership. If the classic Sparkman & Stephens Swans are more to you taste, we recommend checking out the wonderful and very active S&S Swan Association.

Otherwise, after experiencing the very professional and friendly staff at Nautor Swan, we are certain you will be well cared for regardless of which model that have caught your eye. 

 Tarantella,June 2018. The yacht that started it all. Photo: Daniel Novello

Tarantella,June 2018. The yacht that started it all. Photo: Daniel Novello

Coming soon:

  • Sea trials of the new Swan 78 with German Frers
  • Tour of the Nautor Swan BTC Yard - all the secrets revealed
  • State of the art boatbuilding - How the New ClubSwan 125 is cooked in Nautor Swans biggest kitchen
  • Why Finland is fostering the worlds best boatbuilders. A story of Fire and Ice.
  • Test of the new Leica SL for Yachting Photography