Finnish yard Nautor’s Swan has announced that construction work has commenced on the first Swan 98 hull. The sailing yacht specialist confirmed the news at Monaco Yacht Show, stating that work began on the 30-metre (98-foot) yacht two weeks ago with the project due to be delivered in mid-2020.
Long-term Swan designer German Frers is responsible for the 98’s design, which was first unveiled in May this year. It will feature a number of customisation options to ensure each Swan 98 is unique.
One significant opt-in feature is a telescopic keel that will reduce the draught from 4.9 to 3.2 metres and will appeal to clients wanting to enter shallower reefs and harbours.
Incorporated within Frers’ design is a flared stern aft with a sheerline sweeping to a clean foredeck and low profile coach roof. The project’s plans include a hydraulically powered transom to reveal a teak-decked swim platform and garage for a tenders measuring up to four metres.
A full-beam engine room will be positioned below the raised saloon, providing access to the yacht’s 279hr Steyr main engine.
Depending on the interior layout selected, the design is able to accommodate a second companionway aft for easy owner or crew access. Swan 98 will also feature twin helms aft, a square mainsail and double length bowsprit.
The interior design has been overseen by Italian architect Misa Poggi, who has drawn up two potential layouts and three interior themes: timeless classical white, traditional navy and ‘Wine Cowes’. All three boast Italian textiles and leathers.
The Nautor’s Swan in-house design team has created a fourth interior style, which attempts to capture a Nordic atmosphere with a ‘Spirit of Finland’ theme.
Poggi’s first layout situates the master suite at the bow with a large bathroom, lounge and read-facing bed. The second offers a more spacious full-beam master cabin aft with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe.
Completing the eight-person accommodation on board are three en-suite guest cabins, consisting of a double and two twins. The crew quarters can house up to four members of staff.
Discussing the design, Poggi noted, “The fundamental principles are exactitude and method, as well as the unchanging habit of involving craftsmanship, and the use of real, natural and traditional materials.”