Nautor’s Swan has announced the latest model in its Maxi Swan line: The Maxi Swan 120’. The new model will be one of the largest in the Finnish yard’s fleet measuring 36.5-metres.
Designer and longtime Nautor’s Swan collaborator Germán Frers created the masterful naval architecture for the 120’ series. Borrowing from Swan’s other sailing yachts, Frers, who has been working with the yard since the 1980s, gave the 120’ his signature sheerline. A smooth rocker in the hull raises to a robust aft transom which carries the maximum length of the yacht’s beam.
The foredeck of the 120’ series is designed to run flush with the hull and is broken only by the coach roof of the raised main saloon. A protected cockpit area features an electronic bimini and sprayhood flush with the coach roof and features a design that allows guests to move freely about. At anchor, the cockpit transforms into a living lounge space with deck sofas and aisle seating – an emblem of Swan design through the years.
Aft of the deck lounge is a clean deck sheltered by coamings which run behind the steering pedestals with ‘aero seating’. The 120’ includes the possibility of incorporating a ‘snug island’ between the helming stations which gives those on watch protection from the elements.
The hull of the 120’ is constructed from carbon fibre material which maximizes the series’ structural integrity while minimizing its weight. Skins of carbon fibre are laid on a core of M-grade core-cell foam using an epoxy sprint prepreg technology. With a three sail plan, the 120’ will be suitable for a wide array of sailing conditions. A telescopic keel reduces the draught from 5.5 to 3.5-metres when necessary. A retracting hydraulic anchor system keeps the anchor chain from scuffing the polished hull of the 120’ series, adding to the series’ dynamic design.
A garage area, with space for a 4.5-metre tender, double features as an extension of the deck space when at anchor. In addition, the transom folds down hydraulically to form a teak deck and swimming platform. One 450 hp main engine powers the sailing yacht and assists with propulsion while at cruise. Furthermore, the 120’ comes optionally with a racing package – complete with below deck sail lazarette.
Milanese designer and architect Misa Poggi designed the interior spaces onboard the 120’ which are set to include a few key design features. Offering two concepts, dubbed ‘owner aft’ and ‘owner forward’, 120’ owners will have the option of choosing where their master suite will be located. Both options utilise the 120’s full beam and feature en-suite facilities. One double and two twin cabins bring the total number of overnight guests to eight.
The raised saloon is accessed via a companionway door constructed with curved glass. Large sunlight-style window panels fill the saloon with natural light while large hull windows with daybeds to port and starboard (harking back to Swans built in the 1970s, which featured ‘pilot berths’) bring in even more sunlight.
This announcement closely follows news of Giovanni Pomati being appointed as CEO of Nautor’s Swan, and, the launch of the Swan 98’.