One of the most iconic shipyards building sailing yachts of diverse types and sizes is Nautor. Nautor’s Swan has launched a project which tastes like a small revolution when compared to the brand’s history and tradition: They’ve started to build motor yachts! Swan Shadow is the newly chosen brand name shaping the project. The boat’s main function is to act as a service boat to the mother ship.
A luxury tender nevertheless for large Swan sailing yachts perhaps? With an LOA of 13 metres and a beam of 4.30 this tender can exceed 50 knots with three 350 Hp outboards the top of the range power units. It fits into the family of powerful and big versatile boats which supersedes its use as a mere service tender to the main yacht.
Nautor’s President Leonardo Ferragamo as well as the company’s CEO Giovanni Pomati have underscored how this new model “completes the Nautor Swan product range offering its owners the possibility of satisfying their requests and by addressing pressing solutions in the shortest possible time while increasing their offer”.
“A feasibility study and a closer look at would be competitors – said Roy Capasso, Swan Shadow project leader – we’ve come to understand that in the main stream, the products on the market are limited to a single task. Swan Shadow is a power boat capable of carrying out requests from the most discerning owners and can choose all of the accessories needed to carry out whatever it takes”.
In a nutshell Nautor too wants to take a share from the motor boat world well beyond the perspective of a service boat in much the same way as Cantiere del Pardo another Italian yard renowned for its Grand Soleil sailing yachts did successfully.
The new project design work is by Jarkko Jammsén. It oozes with loads of features borrowed from dominant, elegant and sporty looking sailing yachts and from the sort of typical versatility often found in tailor made builds. Several elements deriving from sailing yachts could be included, as the stern submersible bathing platform to enhance water skiing for example and other water sports as well.
The installation of telescopic posts is also a further possibility with cut glass panelling deployed to create a closed off cabin on the deck which places the Swan Shadow in the walk-around family. The three outboards are to be installed into the stern platform’s appropriate slots (from 225 to 350 HP) thus creating a more liveable surface area out on deck. The open stern delivers a new perspective enhancing closer contact with the surrounding waters.
The interior layout comprises a small hallway, a bow cabin and a bathroom with up market decor, in line with Nautor’s luxury production line and design.
The first five units will be off the chocks and into the water before summer next.
For further information www.nautorswan.com
Written by Nico Caponetto