The new Swan 95 is about to hit the water as the Finnish shipyard has presented the first renderings and will be putting the fascinating Swan 95 out of production after “LOT99” which is the last one of the series.
In 2017 “LOT99” made its debut as the last of the series at the Monaco Yacht Show and at the Cannes Yachting Festival and it is now about to be substituted by the Swan 98 line which the Finnish yard has recently presented. To be clearer “LOT99” is of the 95 S line which in relationship to the 95 FD sports a semi raised saloon – but not only – it is better suited to cruising rather than blue water offshore racing and offers more space in the cockpit which lends itself well to entertaining and dining and the interior decor is designed to offer enhanced comfort when cruising.
The preceding Swan 90, the Swan 115 launched in 2014 passed on some of their features to the 95 S which sports a vertical bow and a widened stern which reveals two helms in the cockpit since they offer better visibility forward behind the foresails when steering from the downwind helm on a beat.
“LOT99” is a versatile yacht built with loads of carbon fibre designed by German Frers and is a sound ‘all rounder’ and also competitive as a fast cruiser/racer. The deck gear is such that the yacht can be sailed shorthanded with most of the controls installed that are readily available in the cockpit near the wheel. A park avenue boom hosts the main which is set at the push of a button, the furling gear for code 0 is also hydraulic and so are the cars on the tracks which are deployed accordingly. The MPS’s boom is removable when not needed.
The cockpit more or less at centre sports plenty of seating with dedicated cushions from which to enjoy what’s going on or the sun since two extending tables can serve as sun pads, or can be deployed to serve as a base around which to enjoy an informal meal. When racing, the cushions are removed to enhance manoeuvres. The technical cockpit is aft near the stern area with an ultra modern helm controls station from which to monitor and steer.
The interiors sport fine European oak veneers which are coated with a grey hue which looks a lot like the coat of an Indian buffalo with a dash of green which the shipyard has called “Tundra Titanium”. The untreated surfaces of wood and of the skins deployed create an agreeable all new contrast with the egg shell surfaces of some of the furniture. Lighting Design International has carefully planned the most appropriate lighting system for each area and for each cabin.
As in most semi raised saloon areas this is no exception, it houses a raised day living saloon area which due to its higher positioning is brighter thanks to large glazed panels along the coachroof’s sides as well as a dining space featuring a foldaway table which gives way to a second lounge and coffee table and latest entertainment technology.
The owner’s quarter’s are aft in the stern area where thanks to the extra beam there’s a large double bed at centre and a desk on the opposite side secured to the topsides and a generous bathroom. The guests’ quarters are forward of the saloon, they’re made up of two twins, a VIP suite with a queen size bed. Each one of the bathrooms is decorated with the same materials and chromatic patterns just as everything else so as to maintain an un-varied style throughout.
Text by Daniele Carnevali – photos by Eva-Stina Kjellman, Mike Jones/Waterline Media
For further information: Nautor’s Swan