Sparkling Swan 56 ‘Cruiser/Racer’ version, launched in 2005, with later single-cockpit layout, versatile 4-cabin plus crew interior layout and a comprehensive performance cruising inventory.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
Constructed in December 2004 and launched in 2005 as hull No.43 out of 46 built between 1997 and 2006, LA BELLE (ex DANEB) was purchased by her current owner directly from Nautor Swan in 2010 and has been used for cruising with occasional racing from her base in Barcelona. Her specification highlights include:-
• Cruiser/Racer version • Single-cockpit deck layout • 2.75m bulbed keel • Volvo D2-75 engine with 3-bladed folding prop • Electro-hydraulic fold-out bathing platform • Fully-battened mainsail with low-friction battencars • Electric 3-speed primary winches • Electric halyard winches • Gennaker • Teak laid decks • Upgraded B&G and Garmin instruments including chart plotter and radar • Carbon fibre radar antenna pole at transom • 4-cabin, 2-heads plus additional crew cabin forward internal layout • Teak interior joinery throughout • Westerbeke generator • Spectra watermaker • Marine-Air reverse-cycle air-conditioning
“Nautor’s new Swan 56, available as either a cruiser/racer or regatta model, is a powerful and elegant statement from one of the world’s premier sailboat builders. Designed by German Frers, the Swan 56 demonstrates Nautor’s renewed commitment to performance, while maintaining the essentials of structural integrity, seakindliness, comfort and safety that have earned the company an enduring reputation among demanding sailors the world over…
…Swans have always been capable upwind boats and the 56 will be no exception. Her bow features the requisite small-entry angle for speed by waterline but she also has enough of a rake to assure a clean entry. There is sufficient forefoot area to reduce pounding in a chop. The wide stern has just a trace of counter to keep the trailing edge out of the water. However, the 56’s forte, like most performance boats today, will be quick planing and blazing off-the-wind speed. Both versions of the 56 are based on the same hull shape, which carries the beam well aft, although the keel sections are different. The standard, loaded draft of the cruiser/racer is 9 feet, while the regatta’s loaded draft is a shade more than 11 feet, which should keep even the most laid-back sailors on their toes. The interior, deck and sail plans also reflect the differences between the two…
…Swan’s superb deck layouts have often been copied but rarely duplicated. The nearly flush teak deck with a wedge look and two cockpits are a Swan trademark. The aft steering cockpit features a scooped-out Destroyer wheel, a curved helmsman’s seat and nicely angled foot supports…
… once you negotiate the ladder, there is little to dislike about the 56’s interior. From the light Burmese teak veneers, to the elegant curved teak moldings, to the well-thought-out layout, the interior is stunning, in the classic, understated Scandinavian way…
…Bringing the boat up, we managed 6.8 knots without stalling at 30 to 35 degrees apparent. There was a modest bay chop, and I was impressed by the lack of any noticeable pounding up forward. There is no disputing that today’s long waterlines are fast, sometimes dramatically so, yet often there is a trade-off in upwind motion. It seems Frers has found that elusive balance between speed and motion when sailing on the wind. We were anxious to crack off on a reach and put a wave under the quarter. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough of a sea running and we didn’t have enough sail to get the boat on top of the water. Still, we clipped along at 7 and 8 knots consistently.
The Swan 56 lives up to its promise. It was intelligently conceived and beautifully finished. I have a suspicion that in a few years’ time, we will be calling the 56 the latest Nautor Swan classic.” Sailing Magazine – November 2008
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