£87,500 tax paid

Same family owners past 20yrs

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelNautor Swan 36
DesignerGerman Frers
Boat NameAlfa Helix
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingLymington, United Kingdom


LOA11.16m (36'0")
LWL9.06m (29'0")
Beam3.65m (11'0")
Draft2.1m (6'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineBeta 30 30hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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    German Frers designed Swan 36 from 1992. Rarely available in the UK market and offered for sale in great condition following 20 years of caring family ownership.


    With 55 hulls launched between 1988 and 1992, the German Frers Swan 36 picked continued from her predecessor and namesake, the legendary and the original Swan, the Sparkman & Stephens Swan 36. Offering a market-leading combination of build-quality, performance, comfort and ease of sailing, the Swan 36 is the boat that brought the joys and pride of Swan ownership to a more practical and ease-to-manage size bracket. With striking design (shared with the larger Swan 44 of similar vintage) resultant from a collaboration with yacht design guru Andrew Winch, the Swan 36 benefits from central saloon headroom and ingress of natural light that is rarely found in yachts of this size.

    Launched in 1992 (build number 148), ALFA HELIX spent the first 10 years of her life in Scandinavia and Northern Germany before moving to the UK. Remaining in the same family ownership since 2002, she has been based in Lymington for much of this time and has recently benefitted from fitment of a new Beta Marine engine as well as pre-season preparations and relaunch for the 2022 season.

    Her specification highlights include:-
    • 2.10m draft lead keel
    • Teak laid side decks
    • Replaced Beta 30 diesel engine on shaft drive – 2020.
    • Max-prop 3-bladed folding propellor with rope cutter.
    • Comprehensive sail wardrobe.
    • Navtec hydraulically adjustable backstay & boom vang controlled from cockpit.
    • GPS chart plotter radar with secondary GPS chart plotter.
    • Electric anchor windlass.
    • Stainless steel rod standing rigging.
    • Removable inner forestay.
    • Spinnaker pole and jockey pole.
    • Sprayhood.
    • Helm position bimini.
    • Inflatable tender with outboard motor.
    • Liferaft plus further life saving equipment
    • Bathing ladder.
    • Radio/CD player.
    • Gas stove and oven.
    • Fridge.
    • Primary anchor plus further kedge anchor.
    • Bow ladder.

    *The Seller’s insurance valuation survey report from April 2022 is available upon request*


    Just as the first Swan 36 blazed a trail of glory in the mid-sixties – the new Swan 36 will carry the torch forward into the nineties.

    The new Swan 36 incorporates talents of Naval Architect German Frers, stylist Andrew Winch and Nautor’s own design team. The result – a dynamic and extremely swift yacht of beautiful proportions. This yacht is easily handled by two people but comfortable with up to six. It is very light and roomy below decks, features a large cockpit and extensive inventory, double spreader rig, fully battened mainsail, eight Lewmar winches and many innovative features.

    This yacht could be regarded as radical, indeed it has gone further than perhaps those who traditionally appreciate Swan may expect. It is however, still ‘Swan’ integrity – its true and unmistakable ‘Swan’ identity. The very essence of ‘Swan’ thinking is the understanding and practice of traditional values, combined with continuous striving for better, all added to an already vast storehouse of experience.”

    Text taken from the Swan 36 handbook.



    RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 16th June 1998.

    Hull Construction:
    • GRP hull construction reinforced polyester by the hand laying-up method, using a layup with high glass content.
    • Single skin construction is used, with a synthetic surface mat for increased resistance against water penetration.
    • Some stiffeners are prefabricated sections used also as pipe conduits and reinforced with unidirectional glass fibre, resulting in an extremely stiff structure.
    • Structural bulkheads are of marine grade water-proof plywood laminated to the hull.
    • Engine beds are of GRP with steel insert.
    • Special care is taken to secure rigid foundations and proper adhesion to hull.
    • High quality NGA gelcoat is used, giving improved weather durability and high-water resistance.
    • All gelcoat pigments used are of approved type.
    • Double layers of gelcoat over the entire hull.
    • Standard topside of a white colour, boot top, cove stripe and coaming stripe are all blue coloured.
    • Uncoloured gelcoat below waterline.
    • Floatation reference marks at bow and stern.
    • Bottom sealed with double layers of epoxy tar against water penetration and primed with antifouling.
    • Antifouling rubbed back and re-applied - spring 2022.
    • Scantlings, material and workmanship throughout are consistent with the construction of a light hull, but without any sacrifice of strength or stiffness.

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • GRP deck and superstructure construction.
    • Optional extra teak to; the side decks, foredeck, cockpit seat bases, cockpit sole and sugar scoop to transom – it is believed to be original; the current owner has maintained as required (approximately 70x dowels replaced winter/spring 2022).
    • Deck is of a sandwich construction using low-density closed-cell PVC foam core.
    • Wood inserts and aluminium back plates under deck fittings.
    • Hull deck joint is sealed with polyurethane-based mastic for tightness, stiffening with anodised aluminium toe rail with drain holes and through-bolted on 75mm (3-inch) centres for strength. The toe rails are drilled for lightness and for providing convenient attachment points for miscellaneous deck gear.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Cast lead fin keel alloyed with antimony, being of an elliptical shape with short root cord.
    • Cast-in keel bolts are of high-tensile stainless steel with substantial washers for secure anchoring in lead.
    • Single spade rudder blade with bearings and stainless steel stock.


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Engine new - 2020.
    • Beta 30 3-cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine producing approximately 30hp at 3,600rpm.
    • Heat exchanger and header tank.
    • Water cooled exhaust manifold.
    • Indirect injection.
    • Gear driven camshaft and sea water pump.
    • Three votex combustion system for quiet running, excellent fuel consumption and emission compliance.
    • Output rotation is clockwise in ahead viewed from gearbox end.
    • Gearbox is a TMC60A
    • Morse single lever engine throttle control positioned to the portside of the helm position on the cockpit coaming.

    Engine Hours & Maintenance:
    • Engine hours: Approximately 40-hours (as of spring 2022)
    • Date of last engine service: Spring 2022.

    Performance under engine:
    • Cruising speed: approximately 6 knots.
    • Maximum speed: approximately 7.5 knots.
    • Note – performance figures subject to sea/general weather conditions, how clean the bottom of the boat is, and how heavily laden/well balanced the vessel is.

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Shaft drive with stainless steel shaft drive supported by a P-bracket.
    • Maxprop 3-bladed feathering propeller.
    • Rope cutter.
    • The steering system with hydraulic ram to a single stainless steel steering wheel with leather cover to the rim.


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC domestic system 12vDC start circuit and 220vAC via shorepower to 2x electrical sockets.
    • 12v DC panel with circuit breakers at the Navigation Area.

    Battery Banks:
    • 1x 12v 60AH Engine start battery – believed to be from around 2014.
    • 2x 12v 200AH (400 AH combined) service batteries – March 2015.
    • Batteries located in a dedicated battery box under the fore cabin berth.
    • Battery isolator switch located under the fore cabin berth.
    • Batteries are charged via the engine mounted alternator and battery charger.

    • 12vDC engine mounted 65Amp alternator.

    • 220vAC battery charger.

    Shore Power:
    • 220vAC via shorepower to 2x electrical sockets.


    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised hot & cold-water system using 12vDC pressurised system.
    • Water heated by engine driven calorifier with 220vAC immersion element.
    • Thermostatic mixer taps supplying galley and heads.

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 1x Electric bilge pump.
    • 2x Manual bilge pumps.


    • Total fuel capacity is approximately 120-litres in one stainless steel tank.
    • Tank is located under the aft cabin berth.
    • Fuel tank gauge in the cockpit by the helm position on the engine control panel to port.

    Fresh Water:
    • Total water capacity is approximately 238-litres.
    • Fresh water is stored in 2x stainless steel tanks located under the saloon settees.

    Holding Tanks:
    • Black water holding tank.
    • Tank re-welded and pressure tested – 2021.
    • Tank level gauge to the heads - 2021.


    Navigation Equipment:
    • Raymarine RL80C radar GPS chart plotter to the navigation area..
    • Raymarine RN300 GPS to the navigation area.
    • Raymarine enclosed radar scanner to the mast.
    • Autohelm 7000 autopilot.
    • Autohelm GPS repeater at helm pedestal.
    • Autohelm multi-display at helm pedestal; speed/depth/wind.
    • Companionway displays – depth, wind (2x – apparent and true wind speed), depth and speed.
    • Raymarine ST60 Tridata display to the Navigation Area.
    • Autohelm multi display to the Navigation Area
    • Clipper Navetex – to the aft cabin.
    • Autohelm transducer.
    • Suunto Type D-165 helming compass.
    • Integrated clock to the Navigation Area.

    Communication Equipment:
    • Shipmate RS8100 VHF radio.


    • Eno stainless steel gimballed 3-burner stove and gas oven.
    • Isotherm 12v top opening fridge.
    • Stainless steel twin bowl sink with hot & cold mixer tap and separate sea water tap, being manually operated via a foot pump.
    • Extractor fan with lights over the stove.
    • Crockery, cutlery and cooking pans.

    • Jabsco manual flush marine heads within a separate casing with further hinged seat, toilet replaced – 2021.
    • Toilet either discharges to the holding tank or directly overboard.
    • Toilet pipework replaced – 2021.
    • Inset wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap and separate retractable shower head.

    • Interior deckhead cabin lights.
    • Interior reading lights to the saloon, and aft cabin.
    • Red coloured night light to the Navigation Area.

    Heating & Ventilation:
    • Eberspacher diesel fired warm air heating with outlets to; the saloon, fore cabin, aft cabin and heads. (The heating system is not working).
    • Heating control located in the Navigation Area.
    • 1x Vetus durade deck mounted cabin vent.
    • 1x Extractor fan over the stove in the galley.

    • Kenwood radio CD player located in the Navigation Area connected to 2x Blaupunkt saloon speakers.


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Up to 6-berths in 2 double cabins, plus occasional saloon settee berths, single head being a “Jack & Jill” En-Suite to Owner’s Fore Cabin and day/guest heads. L-shaped galley. Navigation Area.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Teak veneer joinery to the interior with solid timber to the door frames.
    • Blue coloured Alcantara style upholstery to the; saloon settees, sleeping berths and seats plus to the Navigator’s seat.
    • Teak with holly inlays to the cabin sole.
    • White vinyl head linings.
    • Teak panels to the hull sides of the aft cabin.
    • Teak slats to the fore cabin.
    • Blue coloured curtains and blinds.

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Large double V-shaped berth.
    • Teak slats to the hull sides.
    • Lockers to starboard side at the entrance providing shelving and hanging space.
    • Door to “Jack & Jill” En-Suite.
    • Large escape/ventilation hatch with blue coloured blind.
    • Smaller ventilation hatch.
    • Recessed downlights.
    • Heater outlet.
    • Storage ledge with raised fiddle.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.

    “Jack & Jill” En-Suite/Guest Heads:
    • 1x Jabsco manual flush marine heads within a separate casing with further hinged seat, toilet replaced – 2021.
    • Toilet either discharges to the holding tank or directly overboard.
    • Toilet pipework replaced – 2021.
    • Inset wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap and separate retractable shower head.
    • Teak grating to the sole with electric sump pump below.
    • Heater outlet.
    • Lockers.
    • Ventilation hatch to ceiling.
    • Clothes hook.
    • Door to Saloon.
    • Control lever for direction of heads discharge (directly overboard or to holding tank).

    • Twin sofas with central dropleaf dining table with raised fiddles.
    • Storage cupboards.
    • Shelves.
    • Windows to the cabin superstructure, extending to the cabin roof being a particular design feature and bathing the cabin in natural light, all fitted with blue coloured curtains.
    • Large ventilation hatch to the cabin ceiling with a blue coloured blind.
    • White vinyl headlining.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • 2x Chrome reading lights.
    • Recessed downlights to cabin ceiling.
    • Barometer.

    • Located to the port side adjacent to the companionway.
    • L-shaped.
    • Eno stainless steel gimballed 3-burner stove and gas oven.
    • Isotherm 12v top opening fridge.
    • Stainless steel twin bowl sink with hot & cold mixer tap and separate sea water tap being manually operated via a foot pump.
    • Extractor fan with lights over the stove.
    • Crockery, cutlery and cooking pans.
    • Storage cupboard under sink with louvred front panel for ventilation and further draws to side of oven.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • Opening port hole to the cockpit.
    • Formica worktops with raised fiddles.
    • Further cupboards behind worktops with sliding doors.

    Navigation Area:
    • Chart table with a hinged top giving access to internal storage.
    • Navigator’s stool.
    • Electrical control panel.
    • Panels with the electronics inset to.
    • Flexible Navigator’s red coloured nightlight.
    • White vinyl headlining panel.
    • 2x Chrome pad eyes to the front of the table allow a safety strap to be fitted when in rough conditions, safety strap also fitted.
    • Teak and holy to the cabin sole.

    • 4x Companionway steps with non-slip surface and storage alcoves lead up to the cockpit via a sliding hatch cover and removable varnished timber washboards.
    • The steps hinge forward to give access to the engine compartment.
    • Engine compartment cover, being internally insulated for sound deadening.

    Aft Cabin:
    • 2x single berths.
    • Storage alcove to hull side.
    • Hanging locker.
    • Storage ledge with raised fiddle.
    • Reading lights.
    • Down light.
    • Teak and holly to cabin sole.
    • 2x Opening port holes to cockpit with blue coloured curtains.


    • Anodised aluminium masthead rigged mast with two pairs of inline spreaders for improved downwind sailing performance.
    • The mast is stepped through the deck onto a metal mast step with movable shoe for mast rake adjustment. Tie rod at mast. Laminated reinforcements on the main bulkhead for through-bolted stainless steel anchor plates, which are connected with tie rods to the through-deck chainplates.
    • Removable inner forestay.
    • Mast check stays.
    • Deck light to front of mast.
    • Rod standing rigging.
    • Anodised aluminium boom.
    • Anodised aluminium spinnaker pole and jockey pole, both stored on the deck.
    • Navtec hydraulically operated boom vang and adjustable single backstay, both controlled from the controls in the cockpit.
    • Reckman genoa manual roller furler.
    • Lewmar deck mounted genoa sheet tracks with adjustable cars.
    • 2x Spinnaker sheet/guy turning blocks fitted to the toe rail.
    • 2x Deck mounted turning headsail sheet blocks on flexible mounts.
    • Harken mainsail mast track cars.
    • Lewmar adjustable main sheet track with roller bearing car adjustable stops, mounted on an aluminium fabrication, (also supports the optional extra fitted hydraulic rig controls), positioned in the cockpit, just forward of the helm pedestal.

    • 2x Lewmar 46 2-speed self-tailing genoa sheet winches to the cockpit.
    • 2x Lewmar 43 2-speed self-tailing spinnaker winches to the cockpit.
    • 4x Lewmar 40 2-speed self-tailing halyard/reefing winches to the cabin top.
    • Winches serviced – 2022.

    • Dacron mainsail with eyelets for slab reefing.
    • No.1 dacon genoa.
    • No.2 dacron furling genoa with blue coloured ultraviolet strip to the foot and leech.
    • No.3 dacron genoa (blade).
    • Staysail.
    • Reacher.
    • Storm jib.
    • Spinnaker (0.90z).
    • Spinnaker (1.5oz – heavy weather sail).

    • I: 14.55m / 47’9”
    • J: 4.30m / 14’1”
    • P: 12.70m / 41’8”
    • E: 4.20m / 13’9”

    • Stainless-steel pushpit with gate to transom, step-through pulpit with teak slats.
    • Stainless steel Stanchions.
    • Stainless steel bow ladder to attach to the pushpit for access via the bow (stowed in the anchor locker).
    • Double stainless-steel wire guardrails.
    • Stainless steel Sprayhood frame.
    • Stainless steel bimini frame to cover helm position.
    • Teak outboard motor bracket to the pushpit.
    • Stainless steel protective hoop over the durade vent inlet.
    • Stainless steel grab rails to the coachroof.
    • Aluminium toe rail.
    • Alloy rigging covers for shroud bases.
    • 2x Horseshoe life buoy brackets to the pushpit.
    • Hinged stainless steel bathing ladder to the transom with teak covered rungs.
    • Teak with caulking to the sugar scoop on the transom.
    • Stainless steel heater outlet to the transom.

    Covers & cushions:
    • Blue coloured canvas sprayhood with clears to both the front and sides for improved visibility.
    • Blue coloured canvas mainsail cover.
    • Blue coloured canvas steering wheel cover.
    • Blue coloured canvas bimini.
    • Cockpit cushions.
    • White coloured vinyl helming compass cover.

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Stainless steel twin bow roller.
    • Lofrans electric anchor windlass mounted below deck in anchor locker.
    • 25Ibs CQR anchor with 8mm anchor chain.
    • 15Ibs Bruce kedge anchor with anchor chain.
    • 6x Fenders.
    • 6x Mooring Warps.
    • 1x Boat hook.
    • 2x Bow aluminium mooring cleats with fairleads.
    • 2x Aft aluminium mooring cleats with fairleads.

    Tender & Outboard Motor:
    • Avon inflatable dingy with wooden oars.
    • Yamaha 2hp outboard motor.


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    • 4 person Liferaft – next service due 4th July 2022.
    • 2x horseshoe life buoys.
    • Danbouy.
    • 2x self infation life jackets.

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying – Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

    Available to view strictly by prior appointment.

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00.
    Saturday by prior appointment.
    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead broker: James McNeil – Grabau international (South Coast)
    Tel: +44 (0)7979907210
    Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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