SALPARE is the last and arguably the best Swan 66FD built. Originally constructed for a very caring Dutch client as LOT66 she mostly sailed in Mediterranean waters and has been much upgraded in recent seasons.
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SALPARE is the last and arguably the best Swan 66FD built. Originally constructed for a very caring Dutch client as LOT66 she mostly sailed the Mediterranean waters until 2016 when the previous owner purchased her. The present owner continued on where the two first owners left off, lavishing care and attention to his yacht including new Code0 and Staysail sails to complement the 3Di main and jib, plus a cruising spinnaker, new EC6 standing rigging and the electronics package that was upgraded in 2017.
• Engine room fire suppression system was upgraded in 2020 to new bottle and suppressing agent which meets new standards (Novec 1230 instead of HFCs) • Deck hatches and deck windows inspected and some replaced/re-sealed in 2020 • Black tank serviced with new pump 2020 • LPG system upgraded 2020 to have dual feed with gauge and selector valve by the bottles along with adaptor kit to work with large number of country and gas standards • All fridge and freezer compressors, most pumps and logic replaced 2020 Summary of everything major non-standard, upgraded or serviced. • Detailed drawings and manuals for all systems scanned and stored on nav computer • Engine fully serviced including new turbo and engine mounts 2020. Heat exchanger rebuilt 2017 • Generator serviced including new fresh and salt water pumps 2020 • AC system serviced including new salt water and circulation pump 2020 • Hydraulic power packs and hydraulic rods inspected and serviced 2020 • Watermaker serviced and clark pump rebuilt 2018 • Radar, plotter and nav system upgraded to new in 2017 including addition of NMEA2000 bus • Additional N2k sensors, gyro and systems added in 2020 to tie into safety and nav systems • Autopilot serviced with new rod axle and valves in 2020 • VHF radios and AIS system new in 2020 • Audio system upgraded to Sonus in 2017, TV upgraded to new Sony in 2021 • Standing rigging replaced in 2017 to Future Fibers EC6 • New 2017 North mainsail and jib serviced and inspected by North in 2021 and 2020 respectively • All winches are upgraded to larger Harken carbon winches • All sea cocks were serviced and inspected 2020
Back in 1998, when Finnish builder Nautor was acquired by Italian fashion magnate Leonardo Ferragamo, many Swan aficionados worried that the core values of this iconic breed of cruiser-racers would be lost in a blaze of Euro-finery. But the Italians have since done a superb job of injecting their own unique sense of style into the brand while also retaining Nautor’s strong emphasis on functionality and build quality.
As I stepped aboard Lionessa, hull #1 in the Swan 66 line, just introduced to North America this summer, what struck me most was how she recalled older Swans I have sailed upon. The clean, elegant lines of the topsides and deck, the acres of honey teak joinery below, the safe, secure feeling of being inside a bombproof Finnish sailing machine: like Proust inhaling madeleine fumes, I reveled in these familiar sensations.
We enjoyed a spectacular sail that afternoon. Clawing through the throng of journalists aboard, I seized the wheel as we beat out of a sun-sparkled Narragansett Bay into a moderate southerly sea breeze. Sailing angles were gratifyingly tight. Pinching at a 22 degree apparent wind angle, Lionessa slipped cleanly through the mild chop at a little over 7 knots, and was fully powered up making better than 9 knots at an AWA of 28 degrees. Off the wind, flying her bold red asymmetric spinnaker, she surged back up the bay with a will, floating along at 7.5 knots before a true wind of just 8. The feel of her helm, at all times, was moderate, not super-light, and firm, with just the right amount of feedback.
In the old days, of course, sailing a Swan like this would have involved messing around with innumerable lines and a forest of winches. These days what you get is an array of buttons, many of them within easy reach of the helm. All lines are controlled by hydraulic or electric motors and are neatly hidden inside spars or under the deck. The working cockpit aft, with its twin carbon wheels and open transom, is a study in modern efficiency. The social cockpit amidships, with its large fixed table and perfectly pitched backrests, is both spacious and comfortable.
The boat’s construction, I found, is absolutely contemporary. Back in the day, as sleek as they looked, Swans were unforgivingly solid, with very solid laminates and lots of solid wood below. This, not surprisingly, made for a heavy boat. Lionessa is positively svelte by comparison. Though her vinylester-skinned hull laminate is solid below the waterline, everything above is cored with foam, with quite a bit of carbon fiber blended into the structural bulkheads, stringers, floors and deck beams. Her rudder is entirely carbon, with a carbon stock, as are her spars. Belowdecks, the luscious book-matched teak joinery is but a veneer glued over lightweight cored composite panels.
Extracts from article in Sail Magazine – October 2011
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