Swan 131

by Nautor’s Swan, German Frers and Dick Young Designs

The Swan 131’, launched in 2006, is the largest yacht constructed by Nautor’s Swan. Not only she is the proof of Swan’s skill in producing bespoke yachts to Owners’ specific requirements, she also heralds a new era for Swan in the construction of impressive super yachts that test the boundaries of yacht design. German Frers, he Swan 131’, launched in 2006, is the largest yacht constructed by Nautor’s Swan. Not only she is the proof of Swan’s skill in producing bespoke yachts to owners’ specific requirements, she also heralds a new era for Swan in the construction of impressive super yachts that test the boundaries of yacht design. German Frers, designer of the current Swan Line, brought a creative approach to bear for the Swan 131’ concept, designing a graceful, visually stunning Swan with the robust dimensions and sturdiness expected of such a large yacht. She is an elegant sloop with a Southern Spars carbon fibre mast reaching 176,18 feet / 53.70 metres over the waterline with forestay and real time adjustable inner forestay, both with furl systems. The boom is a 45,93 feet / 14 metres “Park Avenue” unit with mainsail furl system. A special feature is the Mainsail sheet quick-release system enabling fast de-powering of the mainsail by a pushbutton.
The system consists of a coordinated release of a cylinder on the mainsheet and the vang. The hull topsides are constructed in E-glass with a high proportion
of unidirectional fibres using vinylester resin and contact consolidation over a foam core, and the bottom is a single-skin laminate.
Her light displacement is 180 tonnes. The Swan 131’ features a slim, elegant hull with a voluminous interior thanks to her generous cross-section. Her depth allows for grand interior proportions with tall ceilings, not to mention the capacious engine room below the upper saloon offering enough space to stand upright in. To minimize internal vibration and to ensure good soundproofing the interiors are “floating”: this means that all the interior surfaces including floors and ceilings are mounted on damping tapes or material. Furthermore noise and vibration damping panels have been used throughout the construction. Entertainment systems and networks connections are included in all the cabins.
The main features of the exterior: towards the stern, the deck house tapers into a very high, protective coaming around the social cockpit that ends in a lockable gate on the two sides.
The after section of the coaming, opened on the stern side, encompasses the two helm-stations while the rest of the deck is completely free of hazards right down to the tracks with the blocks for the genoa and staysail sheets, which are led back below deck on both sides of the deckhouse to the captive winches in the cockpit coaming.
The winches are placed on both sides of the mast and the mainsheet is also led back below deck to a captive winch. It can be freed at the push of a button in an emergency. The stern flap on the Swan 131’ serves purely for the enjoyment of the sea, opening down aft of a watertight bulkhead. The tender is stowed beneath the stern deck in a tailor-made moulding that has drainage ports and is closed off with bi-folding hatch doors. This handy little craft can be launched and recovered by means of a crane recessed into the deck to port.
An interesting sailing aid is the camera fitted at the top of the mast, which is controlled from the helm positions and projects images on the screens. This means that if your view of the top section of the jib is obstructed by the staysail, the camera allows you to see past the blind spot, thus allowing the crew to trim it with accuracy. Interior designer Dick Young has been commissioned to add a personalised style to the social areas of the Swan 131’. The Interiors are in “Anagrè”, a cream to tan coloured African wood with a pinkish tinge. The floorboards, doors, and other details are in walnut with Wenge (dark brown) trim and stripes.
The interior is further enriched by panels and details in leather and textiles. Below decks, the Swan 131’ is comfortable, stylish and luxurious. The master stateroom is situated forward, with a spacious bathroom in front and two walk-in wardrobes set behind. Two generous guest cabins are located forward amidships, one offering twin and the other offering double accommodation. These cabins have luxurious bathrooms in marble. An upper saloon provides a relaxing setting for relaxation. One interesting feature of this saloon is that the teak deck is extended into the indoor area. This gives a comfortable semi-outdoor feeling. Below and aft of the upper saloon we find the lower saloon with its library and comfortable dining area.
The crew quarters are located aft and include two crew cabins for a total of five crew members, the captain’s cabin that sleeps two, the crew mess, and finally the laundry and control room. The galley is located between the crew cabin and lower saloon on the starboard side. [...]

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