In September last year, the Monaco Yacht Show saw the official debut of the latest sailboat from Nautor’s Swan – the first Swan 105 RS hull, named “Ti-Coyo” by her German owner. This brand-new vessel was serenely moored ready for the interested, admiring gaze of a large audience just a few weeks after leaving the Nautor’s Swan facilities in Pietarsaari. On this occasion, Enrico Chieffi, CEO of the Finnish shipyard, took great pleasure in commenting: “We are very excited to have just launched the Swan 105 RS, a breakthrough in design and a revolutionary semi-custom, high-performance cruiser built to Nautor’s standards. It is a great pleasure to have another happy owner join the Club Swan family.” Nautor’s Swan worked with Italian-Argentine designer Germán Frers and German firm Beiderbeck Designs to create Ti-Coyo, with the former developing the naval architecture and the latter the exterior and interior design. The specifications for the new project were based on precise requirements set by Ti-Coyo’s expert Owner, who wanted a vessel with technical and operational characteristics perfectly suited to his sailing needs. A key point was easy handling and manoeuvring even with a small crew, and so the yacht is sloop rigged and, most importantly, equipped with a furling main sail and a self tacking jib. This means that even a single individual – in this case the Owner – can sail this boat of over 100 feet with top performance levels in light wind conditions, such as those typical of the Mediterranean. The Owner therefore had a clear idea of his ideal boat in mind, but at that point the choice of the right shipyard to build her became critical. After wide-ranging, lengthy research, he opted for Nautor’s Swan, a shipyard that is not only renowned but also has the great advantage of longstanding experience in the construction of large sailing boats using advanced techniques and ultra modern materials to guarantee performance and safety, together with exclusiveness and comfort. After the shipyard was chosen, the Owner focused on the characteristics of the new model that had recently been presented by the Finnish shipyard, the Swan 105.
The model is available in three different versions, with something to meet the varying requirements of different owners: the Swan 105 DS (deck salon), the Swan 105 FD (flush deck) and the Swan 105 RS (raised salon). The last of these proved convincing, and the client instructed the design team to concentrate on that version, supplementing the basic package with his own individual specifications. The Swan 105 is actually part of a new line of semi-custom yachts, the Swan Cruising Range, which consists of models in lengths of up to 115 feet / 35 metres, based on a concept that offers the client full customisation of their yacht. From a standpoint of commercial strategy, the Swan Cruising Range is primarily intended to expand what Nautor’s Swan has to offer less race-focused owners with a preference for relaxing cruises instead of competitive regattas, as Enrico Chieffi, CEO of the Finnish shipyard, explained when the new product line was launched on the market: “The launch of a pure cruising range for Nautor’s Swan is a major step for the company. We recognise that many owners use their boats mainly for cruising so we are very pleased to be able to offer the best design, build techniques, materials and craftsmanship.” Naturally, then, the yachts in the Cruising Range benefit from the same design and construction techniques successfully used in yachts from the Performance Range, with the same total focus on achieving maximum quality. The yachts in the new line have been developed to handle both long crossings and short trips safely in all weather conditions, with the capacity to offer a high level of comfort thanks to the amount of space on board and a large measure of autonomy due to the generous storage and tankage available. All the models in the Cruising Range are also available with a useful lifting keel, making it possible to negotiate shallow waters and sail very close to the wind. The yachts are built entirely in-house at the Nautor’s Swan facilities, as was the case for the first hull of the Swan 105 RS, Ti-Coyo. Her construction was supervised by Kristian Kjellman, Nautor’s Project Manager, based on a precise sequence of specific phases to keep the requirements set by the demanding order under careful control, a process implemented alongside the technical office that prepared the appropriate solution before each individual system or component was put into production. Nautor’s Swan prepared the hull female tool with materials that would allow one curing process, at 90°C, including the transom and bulwark, all inlays in the hull for windows, the keel, the ‘P’ bracket and seacocks. The Project Manager describes the technical schedule for this complex build as follows: “The leading edge hull lamination process started in October 2012 and the hull was released from the tool after a very successful curing process in the first week of January 2013. The yacht is built with a GL certificate for the hull and machinery and MCA, so Nautor’s work is followed in detail using approved drawings, materials and inspections during the building process. Nautor is the first yard to apply epoxy prepreg-sprint sandwich materials on such a large single component as the hull, a huge accomplishment for a structure of this size in one go. After the hull was released from the mould, the team worked on the components inside the yacht. The hull, ready for painting, was then moved to the BTC (Boatbuilding Technology Centre) in Jakobstad in early February 2013. Having used the female mould built using CNC technology, the result was a very accurate surface on the released hull, therefore the preparation and fairing of the hull required less material between the hull structure and the finished paint surface. Once the hull was prepared and the show coat applied, the team started working on the “infrastructure” process: the installations of the bilges – including tanks, hydraulics, electrical cabling, and engine room preparations. This period started in early summer 2013 and was completed at the end of September. After testing parts of the system installations, work on the interior began. The non-structural bulkheads were installed and from there the team moved on to the more critical parts such as hanging lockers, beds, chart table and so on. Each area had been defined in detail in the early process and made to fit perfectly with the hull and installations. In December 2013, all the larger components were installed and the deck was ready to be mounted. Meanwhile, at Nautor’s interior woodshop in Kronoby, the team had already started with the handcrafted interior components. This Swan 105 RS has a specially designed interior with many details customised to meet the client’s wishes in terms of style and comfort. The main components for the cabins were all pre-assembled and the details were completed to include wood trims for the headliners and also trims for the floorboards. The cabins were delivered to Nautor’s BTC (Boat Technology Centre) between August and December 2013.”
The deck and the bimini hard top were also built using the same epoxy prepreg-sprint with sandwich process as the hull. In the early stages of last year, the installation phases for the interior fittings of the deckhouse, the deckhouse windows and the exterior cockpit fittings were progressively completed.
In June, after her launch, the yacht underwent careful sea trials to ensure that she was more than ready for delivery, which took place in summer in time for her maiden voyage and subsequent presence at the Monaco Yacht Show. Every detail in the construction of the new yacht was carefully studied, making full use of the accumulated experience of the shipyard and its professional partners, as the Project Manager for the 105 RS, Kristian Kjellmann, confirms: “This Swan 105 is intended to be very comfortable and we called in an external consultant to work together with our own designers from the very beginning, with the aim of building a very quiet yacht with minimal noise disturbance. We used data from past projects and combined this with the most innovative materials and today’s expertise to reduce the noise level, especially in the owner’s and guest areas.”
Ti-Coyo has therefore been a genuinely special project for Nautor – a semi-custom build that successfully, flawlessly combines the unique features of Swan vessels, such as hull design and high performance, with the distinctive characteristics of the standard 105 RS model from the Cruising Range, such as a spacious deckhouse and a sheltered cockpit, and most importantly the personal requirements of the Owner, such as easy handling, a permanent fixed bimini and an innovative interior layout.
The basic idea of Ti-Coyo is a luxury yacht intended for long ocean cruises which, thanks to the generous volumes of the hull and the deckhouse, offers considerable spaciousness inside, greater than the average for this category.
On the main deck, the spaces for operational and functional manoeuvring such as the fore deck are intelligently uncluttered and convenient, while the guest areas such as the cockpit, with a lounge and dining area protected by the hard top, are safe and comfortable both when moored in the roads and when sailing on the open ocean.
From the cockpit area, the main companionway double door leads into the deckhouse, with its huge windows that make the raised salon a light, panoramic space with a dining area to portside and a living area to starboard, as well as the interior helm station with access to the side deck.
Below deck, the crew quarters are located forward with a galley, laundry, crew dinette and three cabins, each with its own bathroom, namely one captain’s cabin and two crew cabins.
Private accommodation for the Owner and guests is located to aft, consisting of two guest staterooms and one master stateroom, each with its own en suite bathroom.
The master stateroom notably has an exclusive feature: a sliding glass panel affording access directly to the swimming platform, almost like a private beach club for the Owner’s use. To provide space for this solution, the dinghy tender, with its own hydraulic launching and recovery system, is stored in a recess on the fore deck.
Photos by Dijana Nukic and Eva-Stina Kjellman
Ti-Coyo Technical Specifications
|LOA||31.69 m / 104’0’’ ft|
|LWL||28.06 m / 92’1’’ ft|
|Beam max||7.57 m / 24’10’’ ft|
|Draught (light)||17’1’’ / 11’6’’ ft - 5.2 / 3.5 m|
|Ballast||56,770 Ibs / 25,750 kg|
|Fuel||4,000 litres / 1,057 US gallons|
|Water||3,000 litres / 792 US gallons|
|Hot water||200 litres / 52 US gallons|
|Service battery||1,260 Ah / 1h 24 V|
|Starting batteries||75 Ah / 20h 24 V|
|Diesel generators||32 kVA 1-phase
2 x 230 V
|Shore Power||30 kVA 1-phase
|Engine||350 HP / 257 kW
I 40.70 m / 133’6’’ ft
J 11.93 m / 39’2’’ ft
P 39.30 m / 128’11’’ ft
E 12.70 m / 41’8’’ ft
|Fore triangle||243.5 m² / 2,621 sq.ft|
|Mainsail||301 m² / 3,240 sq.ft|
|Jib||249.5 m² / 2,686 sq.ft|
|Asymmetric spinnaker||580 m² / 6,243 sq.ft|
|Classification||Germanischer Lloyd Hull Construction|
|Shipyard||Oy Nautor Ab