For Nautor Swan, 48 is a magic number. One of the most iconic Swans ever was born in 1971 under this number; the mythical Swan 48. Designed by the best yacht designer of that time, indeed one of the best of all times, Sparkman & Stephens of New York, this iconic yacht won some of the most prestigious offshore races, like the Bermuda Race and Transatlantic Race and achieving selection for the Admiral’s Cup – the “Formula One” race series of that time.
However, racing was not the main purpose of the boat: like any Swan, she was born to be a perfect family cruiser, capable of sailing around the world in total safety and comfort. Quoting from the original brochure: “With many international races behind her – the Swan 48 is keeping up an irresistible challenge as top-class ocean racer. With the speed of a bird of prey she combines the luxury and grace which make her the swift, smooth-going Swan of tomorrow. The Swan 48 is equipped to the highest professional standards and the woodwork has the class given it by the Nautor specialists, men who have learnt their crafts around the Gulf of Bothnia, where woodwork and shipbuilding skills are traditional. The unique design and professional skills behind the Swan 48 make her the complete ocean cruising racer.” To prove this, 46 units were sold during five years of production. Following the same principles, in 1995 Germán Frers designed a new Swan 48 with the same level of grace and performance as the original one – another shining success, with 57 yachts built.
In 2019, almost forty years after the original one, another mythical Swan 48 has been launched, from which Aanandi is hull number 20. Aanandi’s hull lines are designed by Germán Frers as a combination of performance, comfort at sea and liveability on deck and inside the yacht. The result is a very well-balanced hull, optimized to give max performance heeling at 20 degrees, leaving the boat comfortable and fully liveable at sea in any condition.
The twin rudder configuration enhances the balance of the boat, preventing the broaching tendency and therefore giving back full sensitivity and pleasure while steering at full heeling angles. At the same time, the reduced draft of the double rudder blades increases the cruising ability, allowing access, together with the highly efficient T shaped contained draft keel, to shallow waters and smaller fishing harbours.
Aanandi’s interior arrangement give a clear feeling of space and volume, supported by natural light from three different sources. Her three-cabin layout comprises an owner-cabin forward with a private head including a separate shower compartment. Aft, a VIP cabin can be found on starboard as well as a head with a separate shower compartment and on port side another guest cabin.
Located at the centre of the boat, the main saloon is open wide, with a U-shaped sofa on port side and a chart table on starboard.
The galley configuration offers freedom of movement at 360° in every condition, with a domestic size fridge and valuable volumes for storage, with lockers above galley sink and a Corian-surface.
The name Aanandi will not be retained by the owner and is therefore free to be used. The name originates from the Hindu culture, meaning happiness, joy and blessing.