Dream Yachts - First part in a series by Scandinavian Mariner Magazine
In this series we will check out some of the most desirable yachts on the market. New and older yachts you would want if you got your hands on a substantial amount of cash wether it was from a lottery ticket or years of hard work.
- Dreams comes for free. Thankfully.
Nautor`s Swan 54
The new Swan 54 is the smallest cruising yacht from the iconic yard in Finland. The 54 is designed by German Frers who have worked with Nautor since 1981. Over 700 yachts have been produced on Frers’ designs, including his first Swan, the Swan 51 in 1981. German Frers, who learned his craft at Sparkman & Stephens New York office, is one of the worlds top designers and his artistic hand has defined modern yacht design.
The Swan 54 has a moderate displacement design with a relatively deep V hull. This hull design is particularly suitable for bluewater sailing with a displacement of 22 000kg. A yacht with this hull form and design will make manoeuvring in tight spots easier, especially in strong winds. The motion at sea will also be softer, making the journey more comfortable for the crew and with less strain on the rig and equipment onboard.
If you think the Swan 54 is slow, think again. A Swan 53, on which the 54` is based, won the 2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race in the ORC Division. The owner, James Blakemore, said of his yacht "Music" after the race: “Music is a magnificent seaworthy boat. We picked up 45 knots in a squall near Lampedusa, the rain came down and it was surreal. We ran down with it for ten minutes, banged about a bit and got a look at our keel, but we knew she would handle it!”
If you plan on cruising the Baltics, or say, the Bahamas, the Swan 54 is also available with variable draught (1.40 to 3.70 metres), with an efficient daggerboard and twin rudders.
Get one and join the Swan Club. With regattas, cruising rendez-vous and social events around the world exclusively for Swan owners, membership to ClubSwan is one of the unique privileges of owning a Swan
Order your Swan 54 here
Hallberg Rassy 44
If you recognise the sheerline of this Swedish beauty from the previous yacht, you are right. German Frers have designed all Hallberg Rassy`s since 1988. In fact the collaboration between Hallberg Rassy and German Frers will celebrate its 30 year anniversary this year. Might we see a new model soon? Perhaps a new 30 footer?
The new Hallberg Rassy 44 replaces the very successful 43 footer which was becoming a sort of blueprint Scandinavian Bluewater Cruiser.
Although an unmistakeable Hallberg Rassy, this is a more contemporary design. Beamier, finer entries with twin rudders translates into a yacht with more overall stability and manoeuvrability. She is faster too with a generous sailplan. If you order all the extras you'll get a proper bluewater yacht with push button operation that is comfortable and easy to sail short handed. We're told Hallberg Rassy is taking orders now.
Everyone who has ever researched a bluewater cruiser has surely stumbled across the Amel Yachts. The yard was founded in 1964 and just like at the Nautor Yard, they experienced a devastating fire in the past that almost put an end to both yards. But they rose again from the ashes and what comeback they both have had.
Although not the first sloop the yard famous for its ketch rigged cruisers, the Amel 50 signals a continuous change introduced by the Amel 55 not long ago. The hard top and the well protected centre cockpit are two of the many design features the yard is known for. Another is just plain common sense adaption to liveaboard requirements. You couldn't go wrong crossing an ocean in one of these. Enjoy the video made by Emir Ruzdic. Not only is it well made, it really shows a great salesman in action. Grab yours here.
Oyster 565 and Oyster 595
British built using the latest generation of Oyster hull shapes, developed by Humphreys Yacht Design, the Oyster 565 and 595 is designed for family sailing without professional crew. In fact, Humphreys Yacht Design draws all the Oysters in todays fleet.
The Oysters have been around since 1973 and are based on a proven concept with yachts frequently circumnavigating the globe. Among them are the ones in the Oyster World Rally.
The modern Oyster Yachts indeed look like little super yachts. The vertical windows in the mid section of the hulls underlines that. They are semi custom and can be delivered with centreboard, twin rudders, extended transom and with several different layout options. As they say in Norfolk; The world is your Oyster.
Order your plate of Oysters here.
Arcona 465 Carbon
Arcona Yachts in Sweden have been building boats for more than 40 years and yet are regarded as a bit of a Scandinavian secret. And they really shouldn't. Because their build quality is probably hovering at the very top. This particular model, which is the largest model in the range of five spanning from 34 up to 46 feet, is built in carbon fibre reinforced vinylester laid up as a sandwich construction with a 20 mm Divinycell core.
The Arcona 465 has all structural bulkheads laminated to the hull and deck. A centrally placed steel girder bolted to the main bulkhead and to laminated glass fibre stringers efficiently takes up the loads from the keel and rig.
Its a beautiful yacht designed by Stefan Qviberg and the owners love them.
The interior is typical of Swedish high quality were no corners are cut. Have a look here.