Price Reduction – 1972 Nautor Swan 44


Grabau International is delighted to announce the price reduction of the 1972 Nautor Swan 44 ‘ASTRID’.

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

Nautor Swan 44 – ASTRID – Now asking £225,000 UK VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us

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