£175,000 tax paid

Completely restored S&S Swan 44

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelNautor Swan 44
DesignerSparkman & Stephens
Boat NameAstrid
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingW.Country, United Kingdom


LOA13.48m (44'0")
LWL10.33m (33'0")
Beam3.83m (12'0")
Draft2.3m (7'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineBeta Marine 50hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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    Absolutely stunning Nautor Swan 44 from 1972. Subject to a comprehensive refit and restoration resulting in a boat ’as new’. Must be seen to be appreciated.


    Originally launched in 1972 as Hull No.6, ASTRID has benefitted from a total refit and restoration over the past few seasons, culminating in her relaunch in the Autumn of 2021.

    Surveyed following completion of the works, the surveyor summed up her condition with the following words:- “This vessel has been subject to a bare hull refit carried out over many years, including new teak decks, full epoxy treatment, topsides and superstructure re-gel, new machinery, all systems, electronics, deck gear, spars and rig. She is now in ‘as new’ condition, but with the benefit of modern-day technology. She is now in effectively better than new condition.. In my opinion, the value of your boat, for insurance purposes in her current condition, her rarity value, and allowing for the current market is approximately £240,000.00..”

    In addition to updating and replacing all of her systems and components, ASTRID has also benefitted from optimisation of her underwater sections including the repositioning of her rudder and skeg further aft to improve her sailing characteristics. Such modifications are popular amongst the Sparkman & Stephens Swans and represents yet another indication of the attention to detail given to the yacht by her obsessive and knowledgeable owner.

    Her specification highlights include:-
    • Comprehensively refitted, updated and beautifully restored throughout to exacting standards.
    • New Beta 50 Marine diesel engine.
    • Professionally repositioned rudder and skeg for improved handing and performance.
    • All new Selden spars.
    • Replaced teak to the deck, cockpit sole and seat bases.
    • Beautifully restored chrome stainless steel deck fittings.
    • Replaced standing rigging.
    • Replaced running rigging.
    • Replaced winches.
    • New B & G electronics.
    • New Radar.
    • 2x New B&G Chartplotters.
    • New Speed, depth, wind.
    • North Sails fully battened main sail with replaced mainsail cover and lazy jacks.
    • Replaced sprayhood.
    • Replaced interior upholstery.
    • Replaced anchor windlass.
    • Replaced genoa roller furler.
    • Replaced hydraulically operated adjustable back stay.
    • Replaced batteries.
    • New Inverter.
    • Replaced heating.
    • Replaced gas oven & stove.
    • Replaced Fridge.

    Now completed, her owner is planning his next project. ASTRID therefore represents a unique opportunity to acquire a newly restored example of this iconic cult-classic Sparkman & Stephens Swan 44 for immediate delivery and with a price far below that of a new mainstream production yacht of similar size.


    “The Swan 44 sleek, smooth low-profile is one of the most successful big production boats available.

    A winner of the Boat of the Show Award at the 1973 Earls Court Boat Show and the Italian Nastro d’oro Eleganza Mare in the same year, the Swan 44 offers both good performance and superbly finished and fitted accommodation.

    She is built with the care and craftsmanship that has become all too rare in modern boat-building. Several of the Swans have been entered in the Admiral’s Cup Race.

    The ocean racing intentions are obvious from the boat’s flush deck and the fact that there is no companionway from the cockpit. Entry to the cabin is through hatch. All deck fittings are of high standard. The fore cabin is intended primarily for stowage although there are two comfortable pipecots fitted.

    The main attraction is giving a good performance with combination with a first class interior. She’s very fast, a powerful racing yacht that offers tremendous value.

    She is built in Finland and the beautiful matt finish given to the joinery is to Nautor’s excellent world-wide reputation. So remember nothing beautiful is easy to come by – the Swan 44.


    “Of all yacht designers there is perhaps only one name that stands as a reasonable guarantee that a new design will be successful in the racing sphere. And even when that name is Sparkman and Stephens tere are certain of the firms boats which are expected with more than the usual anticipation of grandeur. The most recent production boat that fits this description is the Swan 44. The reason for this has much to do with Noryema VIII´s win in the Bermuda Race this year. A Swan 48, to which the new 44 is closely related, she went a long way towards knocking the belief that large production boats cannot compete against more expensive one-offs. The Swan 44 therefore is expected to respond well to fine tuning and any prospective Admirals Cup contender not wishing to play a stake in the uncompromising one-off game might do no better than to invest his money in this Nautor built Swan.

    As a prestigious cruising boat, of course, one would be hard put to find a better appointed one. With only six permanent berths and two pipecots forward one can hardly call her cramped. There are two quarter berths aft, a separate toilet compartment and navigation table to starboard and a large galley and hanging locker to port. Forward of this “working “area is a set of opposing pilot and settee berths with a dining table amidships. IN the fo`c`s`le is another hanging locker and aforementioned pipecots. One word to the cruising man however- Access below is through a hatch in the deck. Since S&S cannot guarantee to keep the rain off, she will be suited to the tolerance of a racing crew than to mother-in-law.”

    Article taken from Yachts & Yachting Magazine – December Issue 1972



    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 1998.

    Hull Construction:
    • GRP laminate hull construction.
    • The hull is built of single skin construction using GRP/Kevlar reinforced polyester laminate. A high proportion of the fibres are unidirectional, giving a stiff laminate with excellent strength and fatigue properties.
    • Constructed using two primary hull moulds being bonded at the gunnel line.
    • The hull is stiffened by the use of bonded bulkheads and supports.
    • Below the waterline the hull sections have been subject to extensive inspection, moisture readings, steam cleaning and drying followed by the application of several coats of an epoxy treatment system – 2018/2019. Described in the survey inspection from Summer 2021 as “being in most satisfactory condition with no significant areas of delamination or voids found.”
    • The topsides’ gel coat has been professionally re-gelled in an off-white colour – described in the summer 2021 survey report “the surface and finish is exceptionally good for her age.”

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • GRP deck and superstructure construction.
    • The deck is mainly a cored-deck construction comprising solid and cored laminate.
    • New teak to the decks, cockpit sole and seat bases – 2018/2019.
    • Teak decks were fitted and bonded in place under vacuum.
    • Stainless steel toe rail to be re-painted – autumn/winter 2021.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Fin keel with keel ballast is cast lead alloyed and antimony bolted to the hull moulding.
    • Cast-in keel bolts are of high-tensile stainless steel.
    • The rudder blade is GRP and supported by a full length protective skeg.
    • The rudder blade is constructed of substantial GRP with matching mouldings, stainless steel rudder stock.
    • The rudder and skeg have been completely stripped down, inspected, repaired where required and rebuilt – 2018/2019.
    • The rudder blade is supported by a stainless-steel lower bearing, which is fitted into the skeg.
    • The rudder blade and skeg have been professionally moved as far aft as possible whilst under a previous owner for improved handing and performance.

    Engine & gearbox:
    • Beta 50 marine diesel 4-cylinder engine producing approximately 50hp at 2,800rpm – fitted 2019 (commissioned 2021).
    • Flexible engine mounts.
    • Heat exchanger cooling.
    • Oil change pump.
    • Mechanical gearbox.
    • PPS stern gland with water flushing for the stern tube.
    • Single lever engine throttle control to the starboard side of the cockpit coaming.

    Engine Hours & Maintenance:
    • Engine hours –Negligible.
    • Date of last engine service – Commission by Beta Marine installation engineer – April 2021

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Shaft drive with stainless steel shaft driving supported by a Bronze P-bracket.
    • Maxprop 3-bladed feathering propeller – 2018/2019.
    • The steering system comprises a chain and cable to a single stainless steel steering wheel with replaced leather cover to the rim – 2018/2019


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC domestic system 12vDC start circuit and 230vAC via shorepower.
    • All electrical systems newly professionally installed – 2018/2019.
    • 12v DC panel with circuit breakers positioned at the chart table – 2018/2019.

    Battery Banks:
    • 1x 12v 130AH Engine start battery – 2018/2019.
    • 2x 12v 130AH (260 AH combined) Service batteries – 2018/2019.
    • Batteries located in the aft cabin under a central cushion.
    • Battery isolator switch located in the aft cabin close to the batteries.
    • Batteries are charged via the engine mounted alternator and battery charger.
    • Victron LCD battery monitor at the chart table.

    • 12vDC engine mounted 120Amp alternator.

    • 220vAC battery charger – 2018/2019.
    • 500w Inverter.

    Other Electrical:
    • 220vAC shore power connection replaced – 2018/2019.
    • 220vAC ring main – replaced – 2018/2019.


    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised hot & cold-water system using 12v DC pressure pump assisted by pressure accumulator – 2018/2019.
    • Water heated by engine driven calorifier with immersion element.
    • Thermostatic mixer taps supplying galley and heads.

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 1x Whale manual bilge pump is fitted in the cockpit and is controlled to the portside by the helm position.
    • 2x Johnson Pump electric bilge pumps which are fitted with a float switch for automatic operation but also with a manual override switch on the dash panel at the chart table. High water bilge alarm to each electric pump.
    • Pumps draw through suction lines located in the saloon bilge and discharge overboard.

    Other plumbing:
    • Seacocks and through hull fittings checked and replaced – 2018/2019.


    • Total fuel capacity is 150-litres in one stainless steel tank located under the saloon sole.
    • Wema analogue fuel tank gauge at the chart table.

    Fresh Water:
    • Total water capacity is 330-litres.
    • Fresh water is stored in 2x stainless steel tanks, located below the saloon berths. The tank is fitted with inspection hatches, baffles, deck filler and breather.
    • Wema analogue water tank gauge at the chart table.

    Holding Tanks:
    • Black water holding tank.
    • Wema analogue tank level gauge at the chart table. Tank can be pumped out via a deck outlet to the starboard side deck or via gravity through a pipe and below the waterline skin fitting.


    Navigation Equipment
    • B&G radar GPS chart plotter with AIS to the chartable - 2018/19
    • B&G radar GPS chart plotter with AIS to the cockpit - 2018/19.
    • AIS receiver - 2018/19.
    • 2x B&G displays in the cockpit for speed, depth wind and compass - 2018/19.
    • Helming compass to the helm pedestal.
    • Navigation lights including a mast head tri-colour.
    • Radar reflector mounted part way up the forward side of the mast.
    • B&G enclosed radar scanner positioned part way up the forward side of the mast - 2018/19.

    Communication Equipment:
    • B&G DSC VHF radio with mast head aerial – 2018/2019.


    • Alpes Inox Stainless steel gimballed gas oven and 3-burner stove – 2018/2019.
    • Stainless steel double bowl sink with hot and cold mixer tap – 2018/2019.
    • Top opening fridge – 2018/2019.

    • “Jack & Jill” style, being accessible from the main cabin for a guest/day heads or as an en-suite to the aft cabin.
    • Positioned to starboard.
    • Jabsco manual flush marine heads- 2018/2019, discharges via diverter valves, seacocks and skin fittings either overboard or into the holding tank.
    • Moulded wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap/retractable shower head.
    • Cupboards.
    • Teak grating to the sole with a sump pump under and control switch by the wash basin.

    • LED interior deckhead cabin lights- 2018/19
    • LED reading lights to the saloon, aft cabin and fore cabin - 2018/19.
    • Red coloured night light to the chart table - 2018/19.

    Heating & Ventilation:
    • Eberspacher - Diesel fired warm air heating with 2x outlets (1x to the saloon and 1x to the aft cabin) – 2018/2019.
    • Heating control to the chart table.
    • 4x Durade deck mounted cabin vents with chrome cowls.
    • 2x Vetus stainless steel cabin vents.

    • Sony DSX-A410BT car type radio with Bluetooth connected to saloon speakers - - 2018/19.


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Up to 6 berths in 2 double cabins, plus saloon settee berths, single head and a L-shaped galley. Navigation table.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Burma teak interior joinery made up of faced marine plywood with solid teak.
    • Wood surfaces sanded, and re-varnished – 2018/2019.
    • Teak battening to exposed hull sides – 2018/2019.
    • Teak soleboards with holly inlay – 2018/2019.
    • White vinyl headlinings with teak trim – 2018/2019.
    • Blue Alcantara style upholstery throughout – 2018/2019.
    • All new cushions throughout – 2018/2019.

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Large double V-shaped berth.
    • Teak slates to the hull sides.
    • Cupboard doors with louvres to the forward end.
    • 2x reading lights.
    • Manship deck hatch.
    • 2x cupboards with louvred front section for ventilation.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • White headlining with teak strips.
    • Twin doors to:

    • Twin sofas with central dropleaf dining table with internal storage and the keel stepped mast passing through.
    • Teak slates to the hull sides.
    • Storage cupboards.
    • Manship deck hatch.
    • LED down lights and reading lights.
    • White headlining with teak strips.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • Classical Nautor Swan style teak partition with integrated grab handles designates the division between the saloon and galley/navigation area.

    • Located to the port side.
    • L-shaped.
    • Alpes Inox Stainless steel gimballed gas oven and 3-burner stove – 2018/2019.
    • Stainless steel double bowl sink with hot and cold mixer tap positioned as near as possible to the centreline of the vessel – 2018/2019.
    • Top opening fridge – 2018/2019.
    • Cupboards and draws.
    • White coloured worktops with raised teak fiddles.
    • 2x Manship deck hatches.
    • Vetus stainless steel vent.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • Gas alarm control.
    • 2x Fixed windows to the cabin superstructure.
    • LED down lighting.
    • White headlining with teak strips.

    Navigation Area:
    • Chart table with a hinged top giving access to internal storage, draws under.
    • Bench seat.
    • Electrical control panel
    • Panels with the electronics and gauges inset to.
    • Navigator’s red coloured nightlight.
    • 1x Manship deck hatch.
    • White headlining with teak strips.
    • 2x Fixed windows to the cabin superstructure.

    • Steps with inset non-slip patches with chrome surrounds leading up to the bridge deck and cockpit via a sliding hatch.
    • The steps hinge up and have a locking bar to assist with access to the engine compartment.
    • Engine compartment cover, being internally insulated for sound deadening is located under the steps and hinges forward for access to the engine.
    • White headlining with teak strips.

    Aft Cabin:
    • 2x single berths with a central bench seat, which is over the area containing the batteries.
    • Storage alcove.
    • Shelving.
    • Teak slats to the hull sides.
    • White headlining with teak strips.
    • LED downlights.
    • Reading lights.
    • Teak and holly to the cabin sole.
    • Porthole to the cockpit.
    • 2x deck hatches.
    • Cupboards with louvred panels inset to the doors for ventilation.
    • 2x Fixed windows to the cabin superstructure.


    • All spars have been replaced – 2018/2019.
    • Selden silver anodised aluminium keel stepped masthead rigged mast with two sets of non-swept back spreaders for improved downwind sailing ability.
    • Mast is supported below on a substantial stainless-steel fabrication, in-turn, bolted and bonded on to the hull moulding above the keel sections.
    • Selden silver anodised aluminium boom arranged with slab reefing and toping lift.
    • Quay Sails beige coloured mainsail stack pack with “ASTRID’ in blue lettering to either side with lazy jacks.
    • Selden Rodkicker 30 solid boom vang with anodised aluminium casing housing a hydraulic ram.
    • Sailtec hydraulically operated adjustable back stay with a single central back stay – 2018/2019.
    • Stainless steel 1x19 wire standing rigging – 2018/2019.
    • Substantial stainless-steel chainplates, bolted through the deck moulding with substantial straps bolted through webs bonded to the hull mouldings.
    • Mast check stays.
    • Harken MKIV 3 genoa roller furler.
    • Control line jammers to the mast.
    • All running rigging – 2018/2019.
    • 1x Winch handle holder to the starboard side of the mast.
    • Lewmar deck mounted genoa sheet tracks and cars completely restored with newly chromed finish. Genoa cars with custom fabricated stainless steel and chrome knurled locking pins.
    • Adjustable mainsheet track with chrome turning blocks and fittings, positioned in the cockpit just forward of the helm pedestal for easy control by the helm when required.
    • Stainless-steel and chrome finished port and starboard deck mounted genoa sheet turning blocks.

    • Winches replaced 2018/19.
    • 2x Antal XT52 chrome finish two-speed self-tailing manual genoa sheet winches.
    • 2x Antal XT40 chrome finish two-speed self-tailing manual spinnaker sheet/guy winches to the cockpit.
    • 2x Antal XT40 chrome finish two-speed self-tailing manual winches to the deck by the mast base.
    • 2x Antal XT44 chrome finish two-speed self-tailing winches, one to either side of the mast.
    • 1x XT30.2 chrome finish two-speed self-tailing winch to the aft side of the mast.

    • North Sails Dacron fully-battened mainsail
    • Dacron roller furling genoa with beige coloured ultraviolet protective strip

    • Refurbished; stainless-steel pushpit, pulpit and stanchions.
    • Double stainless-steel wire guardrail – 2018/2019.
    • Sprayhood frame – 2018/2019.
    • Bridge deck layout forward of the cockpit being covered with teak and caulking giving access to the hatch to the companionway.
    • Teak outboard motor bracket to the pushpit – 2018/2019.
    • Manship deck hatches with chrome frame – 2018/2019.
    • 2x Stainless steel grab rails to either side of the companionway entrance.

    Covers & cushions:
    • Sail Shape beige coloured sprayhood to the companionway – 2018/2019.
    • Quay Sails beige coloured mainsail cover with “ASTRID’ in blue lettering to either side – 2018/2019.
    • Beige coloured steering wheel and pedestal cover – 2018/2019.
    • Beige coloured winch covers.

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Chrome stainless steel twin bow roller with twin matching fairleads.
    • Lofrans Project deck mounted chrome electric anchor windlass and deck controls with chrome covers – 2018/2019.
    • Harbourfast 45Ibs plough anchor with deck mounted stainless steel stowing bracket.
    • Approximately 67.06m / 220’ of anchor chain – 2021.
    • Stainless steel mooring cleats to the bow, stern and at amidships.
    • Fairleads incorporated into the stainless-steel toe rail.
    • Various mooring warps and fenders.


    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.

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    Tel: +7979907210
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