Swan 40 – Now in Lymington


The 1994 (launched 1995) German Frers designed Nautor Swan 40 ‘WILD CAROL’ has now arrived in Lymington and is available to view ashore at your convenience.

Owner’s Comments:

“After purchasing Wild Carol in Lymington in 2006 we sailed her to Arisaig on the West Coast of Scotland which would be her summer base for the next few years. She was usually wintered indoors at either Fairlie Quay near Inverkip or Silvers yard at Rosneath. We cruised extensively among the islands of the west coast and made a trip to Orkney one summer, returning to Arisaig via the Caledonian Canal. We also did the round Mull race a couple of times and West Highland Week once but that is the only racing she has done in our ownership. Having experienced everything that the weather in Scotland could throw at us we decided to head for the sun.

So, having fitted a holding tank serving the forward head over the winter, in early summer 2011 we sailed Wild Carol from the Clyde, south to Falmouth, then across the Bay of Biscay, to the Algarve in Portugal with brief stops in Falmouth, Loctudy (gale dodging) and La Coruna. Having run out of time to deliver her all the way to her intended destination in the Mediterranean she spent the remains of that summer pottering in the Algarve and that winter in the water in the marina at Portimao. In spring 2012 we sailed to Alicante and she spent the summer there with a couple of trips to Ibiza and back. During summer 2013 she was based in Andratx, Mallorca and we undertook a very pleasant circuit of the waters around Mallorca and Menorca before returning to Alicante marina where she remained, doing only a few short coastal cruises in 2014, until spring of 2015.

We then sailed her to the Sopromar yard in Lagos, Portugal to undergo some TLC. The blue coach line was repainted and the hull and deck professionally polished. New window panes were fitted all round. A number of Harken blocks were replaced including the mainsheet blocks and some running rigging was also renewed. The steering binnacle and instrument pods were removed and repainted, as were various vents that were showing a bit of age. The cutless bearing and stern seal were renewed and in course of this some corrosion of the stern tube was discovered which was also professionally repaired by the yard. A new alternator was fitted and the engine was thoroughly overhauled with the injectors, heat exchanger and tappets all receiving the manufacturer’s recommended service attention. A new fuel pump was also fitted. Cockpit and sink drain hoses were replaced.

Wild Carol is now back in Lymington where she is available for inspection by her prospective new owner.

We have found the Swan 40 to be an outstanding long-distance cruiser with excellent sailing performance. The layout is perfect for extended passages and we particularly like the design of the galley, which is very easy to use at sea. The quality of the joinery and the robustness of construction is better than anything we have seen on any other model of yacht.”

Swan 40 – Wild Carol – £149,500 – 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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