Nautor's Swan 56 for sale in Malaysia for $495,000

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LOA
17 m
Price
$495,000
Beam
4.7 m
Year
2003
Draft Max
3.4 m
Engine Make
Yanmar
Keel
Fin
Engine Model
4JH3 - HTE (4cyl turbo)
Hull Material
Fiberglass
Engine Count
1
Boat Type
Sail
Fuel
diesel
RB Ref
RB304056
Location
Kota Kinabalu,
Country
Malaysia
Broker
Simpson Marine Limited
Broker Office
Simpson Marine Limited
Contact Name
Richard Allen
Phone
+852 2555 8377
desiree.goh@simpsonmarine.com
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About this Nautor's Swan 56

Beautiful Swan 56 designed by German Frers and built in 2003 with an owners cabin aft, Southern Spars carbon mast and a 75hp Yanmar diesel engine. This is 56#032 of this powerful, comfortable, elegant yacht from the Swan stable. Along with her exemplary condition, she comes equipped with generator, hydraulic rigging, teak decks, large sail wardrobe, electric winches, B&G instruments, watermaker and much, much more.



Beautiful Swan 56 designed by German Frers and built in 2003 with an owners cabin aft, Southern Spars carbon mast and a 75hp Yanmar diesel engine. This is 56#032 of this powerful, comfortable, elegant yacht from the Swan stable. Along with her exemplary condition, she comes equipped with generator, hydraulic rigging, teak decks, large sail wardrobe, electric winches, B&G instruments, watermaker and much, much more. Available for viewings in Kota Kinabalu, please contact for more information.



Specs
Keel: Fin

Dimensions
LOA: 17.20 m
Beam: 4.73 m
Maximum Draft: 3.40 m

Engines
Total Power: 75 KW

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3 - HTE (4cyl turbo)
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 1600
Engine Power: 75 KW


Tanks
Fresh Water Tanks: (852 Liters)
Fuel Tanks: (379 Liters)

Accommodations
Number of heads: 2


Electrical and Machinery
75HP Yanmar 45H3-HTE Battery House: 480Ah @ 24V mastervolt AGM (new 2018) Battery Start: 12V lead acid - new 2020 24V system throughout (other than engine & genset start & nav instruments = 12V) 110V system for high loads (refrigeration & AC) from genset or shore power Shore power can be either 110V direct input or 230v through onboard inverter Air Conditioner unit in aft cabin 2 fridges in galley (new units fitted September 2019) 1 drinks fridge in aft cabin Air extraction fans in heads & galley Electrical installation with full system schematic drawings 12V alternator charges start battery 24V 110A Mastervolt alternator charges house battery bank when engine is running 24V Mastervolt smartcharger charges house bank when on shore power or genset 12V Mastervolt smartcharger charges engine bank when on shore power or genset 24V 100A solar panels and voltage regulator charge house bank when at anchor
Electronics and Navigation
Computer at nav station with repeater in aft cabin Furuno Radar Digital Yacht Class B AIS Transponder (with wifi) - New Oct 2017 Icom DSC-VHF B&G Instruments 4no. 20/20 at mast 3no. FFD and 1no analogue in aft cockpit Autopilot control head in aft cockpit 1no. NMEA FFD at nav station Halcyon 2000 compass B&G autopilot & CPU
Sails, Rigging

RIG

Carbon Fibre Mast & Boom - Southern Spars Fractional rig with in-line spreaders and running backstays Navtec hydraulic checkstays, backstay, vang & outhaul Antal main car system Separate trysail track Lazy Jack attachments Harken roller headsail furler

SAILS

2018 Dacron full batton Cruising Main - Very good condition - UK Sails 2018 Dacron No.3 - Very good condition - UK Sails Kevlar battoned heavy No.4 - good condition - North Sails Furling no.4 delivery sail Carbon Med No.1 - good condition - North Sails Masthead A2 - Very good condition - North Sails (with new sock) Masthead A2 - good condition - North Sails Fractional A3 - good condition - North Sails (with new sock) Fractional S4 - good condition - North Sails Storm Jib - very good condition - North Sails Trysail - very good condition - North Sails

ANCHORING

3,000W windlass (new 2018) 40 kg galvanised Rocna anchor (new 2018) 20 kg stainless Rocna anchor (new 2018) 2no. Fortress anchors in protective bags - as new 100m of 12mm Titan High Test (G43) chain (new 2018) 100m of rope rode Chain wash water supply in anchor locker
Exterior
Teak decks in very good condition with varnished teak toe rail and hatch mountings Harken high load, low friction torlon bearing blocks throughout 16no. Harken winches - all good condition 4no. Electric winches for halyards, main sheet and headsail / spinnaker sheets High load deck mounted rope clutches and for all halyards Electric transom door to open swim steps and deck shower Carbon Spinaker Pole Full deck level sunbrella cover Large Sunbrella dodger for forward cockpit companionway (recessed into deck for stowage) Small Sunbrella dodger for aft cockpit companionway Sunbrella steering wheel and chartplotter cover Engine controls and deck and nav lights at helm Hydraulic vang quick release & electric winch power cut-off switches at helm
Interior
A/C system in fore cabin, main saloon and aft owner’s cabin Hot water shower in fore/aft head space Fridge and freezer in main saloon and aft owner’s cabin Water maker Leather sofa + leather chair in main saloon Munaul bilge pumps Electric bilge pumps L shape Refrigeration : Electric Stove : Gas Water System : Pressurised
Spares and Accessories
Liferaft new Sept 2019 Many tools Many engine and genset consumables (filters, belts etc) Spare sheets, halyards, blocks etc Swan user manuals and all equipment manuals on board Hydraulic mast jack Protective table coverings
Magazine review

Nautor raises performance bar in a luxury yacht - A review by John Kretschmer for Sailing magazine

Nautor's new Swan 56, available as either a cruiser/racer or regatta model, is a powerful and elegant statement from one of the world's premier sailboat builders. Designed by German Frers, the Swan 56 demonstrates Nautor's renewed commitment to performance, while maintaining the essentials of structural integrity, seakindliness, comfort and safety that have earned the company an enduring reputation among demanding sailors the world over.

For many years Nautor ruled the production boat market for high-end, performance-oriented cruiser/racers. Quietly, a new breed of fast, light and comfortably appointed yachts began to challenge Nautor's hold on the market. While nobody questioned the quality of the engineering and workmanship that went into every Swan, the new boats were more progressive and, in some cases, a lot faster. Swan countered this challenge with a return to its roots by developing the highly successful Performance Range, featuring a 60-footer, a 48-footer and now, the 56. Nautor, with its factory just 300 miles below the Arctic Circle on the West Coast of Finland, was determined to redefine the parameters of the true cruiser/racer by combining fresh thinking from Frers with the latest in construction techniques and materials. After sailing the 56 on a perfect Chesapeake Bay day last fall, I found that Nautor has indeed raised the bar.

The Swan 56 was easy to spot on the bay; a striking white hull, the telltale wedge deck and a lofty rig. I took a moment to study the lines from the perspective of the photo boat. Nautor's Swan designs have evolved from the softer lines of Sparkman & Stephens, beyond the aggressive angles of Ron Holland, to the finely blended work of Frers. Although the new 56 does not sport much sheer and the overall profile is typically low and sleek, the boat maintains a stately bearing in the water.

Speed by waterline

Swans have always been capable upwind boats and the 56 will be no exception. Her bow features the requisite small-entry angle for speed by waterline but she also has enough of a rake to assure a clean entry. There is sufficient forefoot area to reduce pounding in a chop. The wide stern has just a trace of counter to keep the trailing edge out of the water. However, the 56's forte, like most performance boats today, will be quick planing and blazing off-the-wind speed. Both versions of the 56 are based on the same hull shape, which carries the beam well aft, although the keel sections are different. The standard, loaded draft of the cruiser/racer is 9 feet, while the regatta's loaded draft is a shade more than 11 feet. The interior, deck and sail plans also reflect the differences between the two.

We eased alongside and I scrambled aboard Neva. Skipper Claudio McGuire quickly trimmed the Kevlar No. 3 and we accelerated on a close reach. Neva, hull No. 4 of 17 built, has an intriguing mix of features, combining the deep keel of the regatta version with a masthead carbon spar and the luxurious interior appointments of the cruiser/racer. "Most owners customize their boats," explains Stephen Barker, President of Nautor's Swan New York. "Adding the deep keel, or carbon spar is like turbo-charging the cruiser/racer model."

A sum of its parts

As a delivery skipper I have long appreciated the construction of Nautor's Swans. I have sailed several models over the years, ranging from the peaceful delivery of a recently built Frers-designed 40, to a rollicking transatlantic aboard a 25-year-old S&S 65-footer. The hull of the 56 is a single uncored skin, using Kevlar hybrid fibers in the laminate. The deck is cored with Divinycell foam, and fiberglass-over-foam longitudinal stringers stiffen the hull. The cast lead keel is alloyed with antimony (for hardening), with beefy stainless keel bolts cast into it. The maststep is a composite form that won't rust or corrode like a conventional metal step. The rudder is glassed-over foam and the tubular stock is made up of E-glass composites.

Swan's superb deck layouts have often been copied but rarely duplicated. The nearly flush teak deck with a wedge look and two cockpits are a Swan trademark. The aft steering cockpit features a scooped-out Destroyer wheel, a curved helmsman's seat and nicely angled foot supports. The engine controls and weatherproof auxiliary electrical panel are easily reached from the helm. Visibility is excellent although the helmsperson is isolated from most sail control points. There are dedicated lockers for liferaft stowage and the teak overlays provide secure footing. The mainsheet traveler spans the bridgedeck between cockpits. The genoa tracks might better be called travelers, with the load-bearing adjustable cars placed well inboard for tight sheeting angles. The headsail sheets and guys can be led to the forward cockpit where a centerline coffee-grinder style winch is located; an attractive alternative to electric winches. The main companionway is accessed from the forward cockpit, which, depending upon where the halyard leads terminate, is more of a staging area than anything else. The standard toerail is anodized aluminum, although a teak version is both more popular and requires more maintenance. On the subject of teak, most 56 owners can't resist teak decks because a Swan just doesn't look right without them. However, new decking systems effectively eliminate the vast majority of through-deck fasteners, which greatly reduces problems and maintenance.

While Frers' specs call for an aluminum, triple-spreader mast, many owners of the cruiser/racer model opt for carbon fiber. The cruiser/racer rig features both an inner forestay and a babystay, which clutters up the foredeck and makes close tacking a bit of a chore. The regatta version has a fractional rig with a single forestay. The mast is supported with husky, discontinuous rod rigging (which eliminates the need to bend the rod at the spreaders), running backstays and a Navtec backstay tensioner. Both the backstay and Navtec vang are hydraulic and are controlled from a cockpit panel. All running rigging is Spectra.

Elegance below

Some may find navigating the steep companionway tricky, which is a result of the flush deck arrangement, but once you negotiate the ladder, there is little to dislike about the 56's interior. From the light Burmese teak veneers, to the elegant curved teak moldings, to the well-thought-out layout, the interior is stunning, in the classic, understated Scandinavian way. There are two standard interior plans for the cruiser/racer version and, naturally, Nautor offers complete owner customization. Plan one features a single owner's cabin aft, while plan two divides the aft end into two private double cabins.

Both plans begin with pipe berths and sail bins, or a skipper's cabin in the forepeak, followed by an athwartships head and a separate shower. A Pullman cabin, with a comfortable seat opposite and ample storage in overhead lockers is just aft. The saloon has an L-shaped settee and beautiful teak chairs draped around a large table on starboard side. A settee with bookshelves above and lockers below is to port. Neva had a complete entertainment center instead of the bookshelves. The nav station is to starboard, tucked beside the companionway. I like a bit of privacy at the nav desk, especially if it doubles as a dockside office. Radios and repeaters are mounted on the outboard panel while the radar and the chartplotter screens can be mounted directly in front of the navigator, making them easier to see and use.

The galley is to port, which is the aft walk-through on the twin aft cabin model. The counter tops are Corian and there are good-sized teak fiddle rails that will keep food and dishes from falling off when they are being used in rough weather. A four-burner stove with an overhead oven is standard, along with a front- and top-loading refrigerator. The sinks are below the cockpit, opposite the stove. They seemed a bit on the small side. The double aft-cabin plan features over and under berths in the port cabin and a double berth with a second head to starboard. This cabin can be also accessed from the aft cockpit. The owner's cabin plan places the double berth to starboard with a large, comfortable settee opposite. Ventilation throughout the boat is excellent, with numerous Goiot deck hatches and opening portlights. The basic layout of the regatta plan eliminates the forward Pullman cabin and offers four over-and-under sea berths.

The electrical system is 24 volts, which is more efficient than the 12-volt system found on most American boats. However, finding 24-volt electronics, pumps and other accessories is challenging. And unless otherwise specified, the standard shore-power system is 220 volt, although most boats can have 110-volt systems added. The 56 carries 224 gallons of fresh water in four tanks and 105 gallons of fuel in two or three tanks. The manifold systems for both are easily accessed and well-designed.

The standard power plant is a Yanmar 4JH2-UTBE diesel, which is both turbo-charged and intercooled and rated at 96 horsepower. This is plenty of power for the 56's easily driven hull, which displaces 47,400 pounds with all the tanks topped. A triple-bladed Max-Prop feathering propeller is standard; this will be a great help when maneuvering in reverse. Engine access is good from all sides with removable panels and the stuffing box is easy to check under the sole in the aft cabin. The engine compartment is so well-insulated that it was hard to hear the smooth running Yanmar even when below.

On the water

While the conditions were near ideal, with 12 to 15 knots of wind, our sail wardrobe was not: The only headsail aboard was No. 3. Skipper Claudio McGuire apologized and explained that the other sails were at the sail loft for a bit of tweaking. Still the performance of the 56 was impressive. I took the helm on a close reach, and the speed eased over 7, and then over 8 knots. The steering, which is a chain-and-cable system, was light and the helm well-balanced. The boat accelerated effortlessly in any kind of a puff and maintained momentum through the light spots.

Bringing the boat up, we managed 6.8 knots without stalling at 30 to 35 degrees apparent. There was a modest bay chop, and I was impressed by the lack of any noticeable pounding up forward. There is no disputing that today's long waterlines are fast, sometimes dramatically so, yet often there is a trade-off in upwind motion. It seems Frers has found that elusive balance between speed and motion when sailing on the wind. We were anxious to crack off on a reach and put a wave under the quarter. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough of a sea running and we didn't have enough sail to get the boat on top of the water. Still, we clipped along at 7 and 8 knots consistently.

The Swan 56 lives up to its promise. It was intelligently conceived and beautifully finished. I have a suspicion that in a few years' time, we will be calling the 56 the latest Nautor Swan classic.

Specifications

Engine Horse Power75 KW
Engine Hours1600
Engine TypeInboard
Fresh Water Tanks(852 Liters)
Fuel Tanks(379 Liters)
No of Heads2
Electrical and Machinery
  • 75HP Yanmar 45H3-HTE
  • Battery House: 480Ah @ 24V mastervolt AGM (new 2018)
  • Battery Start: 12V lead acid - new 2020
  • 24V system throughout (other than engine & genset start & nav instruments = 12V)
  • 110V system for high loads (refrigeration & AC) from genset or shore power
  • Shore power can be either 110V direct input or 230v through onboard inverter
  • Air Conditioner unit in aft cabin
  • 2 fridges in galley (new units fitted September 2019)
  • 1 drinks fridge in aft cabin
  • Air extraction fans in heads & galley
  • Electrical installation with full system schematic drawings
  • 12V alternator charges start battery
  • 24V 110A Mastervolt alternator charges house battery bank when engine is running
  • 24V Mastervolt smartcharger charges house bank when on shore power or genset
  • 12V Mastervolt smartcharger charges engine bank when on shore power or genset
  • 24V 100A solar panels and voltage regulator charge house bank when at anchor
Electronics and Navigation
  • Computer at nav station with repeater in aft cabin
  • Furuno Radar
  • Digital Yacht Class B AIS Transponder (with wifi) - New Oct 2017
  • Icom DSC-VHF
  • B&G Instruments
  • 4no. 20/20 at mast
  • 3no. FFD and 1no analogue in aft cockpit
  • Autopilot control head in aft cockpit
  • 1no. NMEA FFD at nav station
  • Halcyon 2000 compass
  • B&G autopilot & CPU
Sails, Rigging

RIG

  • Carbon Fibre Mast & Boom - Southern Spars
  • Fractional rig with in-line spreaders and running backstays
  • Navtec hydraulic checkstays, backstay, vang & outhaul
  • Antal main car system
  • Separate trysail track
  • Lazy Jack attachments
  • Harken roller headsail furler

SAILS

  • 2018 Dacron full batton Cruising Main - Very good condition - UK Sails
  • 2018 Dacron No.3 - Very good condition - UK Sails
  • Kevlar battoned heavy No.4 - good condition - North Sails
  • Furling no.4 delivery sail
  • Carbon Med No.1 - good condition - North Sails
  • Masthead A2 - Very good condition - North Sails (with new sock)
  • Masthead A2 - good condition - North Sails
  • Fractional A3 - good condition - North Sails (with new sock)
  • Fractional S4 - good condition - North Sails
  • Storm Jib - very good condition - North Sails
  • Trysail - very good condition - North Sails

ANCHORING

  • 3,000W windlass (new 2018)
  • 40 kg galvanised Rocna anchor (new 2018)
  • 20 kg stainless Rocna anchor (new 2018)
  • 2no. Fortress anchors in protective bags - as new
  • 100m of 12mm Titan High Test (G43) chain (new 2018)
  • 100m of rope rode
  • Chain wash water supply in anchor locker
Exterior
  • Teak decks in very good condition with varnished teak toe rail and hatch mountings
  • Harken high load, low friction torlon bearing blocks throughout
  • 16no. Harken winches - all good condition
  • 4no. Electric winches for halyards, main sheet and headsail / spinnaker sheets
  • High load deck mounted rope clutches and for all halyards
  • Electric transom door to open swim steps and deck shower
  • Carbon Spinaker Pole
  • Full deck level sunbrella cover
  • Large Sunbrella dodger for forward cockpit companionway (recessed into deck for stowage)
  • Small Sunbrella dodger for aft cockpit companionway
  • Sunbrella steering wheel and chartplotter cover
  • Engine controls and deck and nav lights at helm
  • Hydraulic vang quick release & electric winch power cut-off switches at helm
Interior
  • A/C system in fore cabin, main saloon and aft owner’s cabin
  • Hot water shower in fore/aft head space
  • Fridge and freezer in main saloon and aft owner’s cabin
  • Water maker
  • Leather sofa + leather chair in main saloon
  • Munaul bilge pumps
  • Electric bilge pumps
  • L shape Refrigeration : Electric
  • Stove : Gas Water System : Pressurised
Spares and Accessories
  • Liferaft new Sept 2019
  • Many tools
  • Many engine and genset consumables (filters, belts etc)
  • Spare sheets, halyards, blocks etc
  • Swan user manuals and all equipment manuals on board
  • Hydraulic mast jack
  • Protective table coverings
Magazine review

Nautor raises performance bar in a luxury yacht - A review by John Kretschmer for Sailing magazine

Nautor's new Swan 56, available as either a cruiser/racer or regatta model, is a powerful and elegant statement from one of the world's premier sailboat builders. Designed by German Frers, the Swan 56 demonstrates Nautor's renewed commitment to performance, while maintaining the essentials of structural integrity, seakindliness, comfort and safety that have earned the company an enduring reputation among demanding sailors the world over.

For many years Nautor ruled the production boat market for high-end, performance-oriented cruiser/racers. Quietly, a new breed of fast, light and comfortably appointed yachts began to challenge Nautor's hold on the market. While nobody questioned the quality of the engineering and workmanship that went into every Swan, the new boats were more progressive and, in some cases, a lot faster. Swan countered this challenge with a return to its roots by developing the highly successful Performance Range, featuring a 60-footer, a 48-footer and now, the 56. Nautor, with its factory just 300 miles below the Arctic Circle on the West Coast of Finland, was determined to redefine the parameters of the true cruiser/racer by combining fresh thinking from Frers with the latest in construction techniques and materials. After sailing the 56 on a perfect Chesapeake Bay day last fall, I found that Nautor has indeed raised the bar.

The Swan 56 was easy to spot on the bay; a striking white hull, the telltale wedge deck and a lofty rig. I took a moment to study the lines from the perspective of the photo boat. Nautor's Swan designs have evolved from the softer lines of Sparkman & Stephens, beyond the aggressive angles of Ron Holland, to the finely blended work of Frers. Although the new 56 does not sport much sheer and the overall profile is typically low and sleek, the boat maintains a stately bearing in the water.

Speed by waterline

Swans have always been capable upwind boats and the 56 will be no exception. Her bow features the requisite small-entry angle for speed by waterline but she also has enough of a rake to assure a clean entry. There is sufficient forefoot area to reduce pounding in a chop. The wide stern has just a trace of counter to keep the trailing edge out of the water. However, the 56's forte, like most performance boats today, will be quick planing and blazing off-the-wind speed. Both versions of the 56 are based on the same hull shape, which carries the beam well aft, although the keel sections are different. The standard, loaded draft of the cruiser/racer is 9 feet, while the regatta's loaded draft is a shade more than 11 feet. The interior, deck and sail plans also reflect the differences between the two.

We eased alongside and I scrambled aboard Neva. Skipper Claudio McGuire quickly trimmed the Kevlar No. 3 and we accelerated on a close reach. Neva, hull No. 4 of 17 built, has an intriguing mix of features, combining the deep keel of the regatta version with a masthead carbon spar and the luxurious interior appointments of the cruiser/racer. "Most owners customize their boats," explains Stephen Barker, President of Nautor's Swan New York. "Adding the deep keel, or carbon spar is like turbo-charging the cruiser/racer model."

A sum of its parts

As a delivery skipper I have long appreciated the construction of Nautor's Swans. I have sailed several models over the years, ranging from the peaceful delivery of a recently built Frers-designed 40, to a rollicking transatlantic aboard a 25-year-old S&S 65-footer. The hull of the 56 is a single uncored skin, using Kevlar hybrid fibers in the laminate. The deck is cored with Divinycell foam, and fiberglass-over-foam longitudinal stringers stiffen the hull. The cast lead keel is alloyed with antimony (for hardening), with beefy stainless keel bolts cast into it. The maststep is a composite form that won't rust or corrode like a conventional metal step. The rudder is glassed-over foam and the tubular stock is made up of E-glass composites.

Swan's superb deck layouts have often been copied but rarely duplicated. The nearly flush teak deck with a wedge look and two cockpits are a Swan trademark. The aft steering cockpit features a scooped-out Destroyer wheel, a curved helmsman's seat and nicely angled foot supports. The engine controls and weatherproof auxiliary electrical panel are easily reached from the helm. Visibility is excellent although the helmsperson is isolated from most sail control points. There are dedicated lockers for liferaft stowage and the teak overlays provide secure footing. The mainsheet traveler spans the bridgedeck between cockpits. The genoa tracks might better be called travelers, with the load-bearing adjustable cars placed well inboard for tight sheeting angles. The headsail sheets and guys can be led to the forward cockpit where a centerline coffee-grinder style winch is located; an attractive alternative to electric winches. The main companionway is accessed from the forward cockpit, which, depending upon where the halyard leads terminate, is more of a staging area than anything else. The standard toerail is anodized aluminum, although a teak version is both more popular and requires more maintenance. On the subject of teak, most 56 owners can't resist teak decks because a Swan just doesn't look right without them. However, new decking systems effectively eliminate the vast majority of through-deck fasteners, which greatly reduces problems and maintenance.

While Frers' specs call for an aluminum, triple-spreader mast, many owners of the cruiser/racer model opt for carbon fiber. The cruiser/racer rig features both an inner forestay and a babystay, which clutters up the foredeck and makes close tacking a bit of a chore. The regatta version has a fractional rig with a single forestay. The mast is supported with husky, discontinuous rod rigging (which eliminates the need to bend the rod at the spreaders), running backstays and a Navtec backstay tensioner. Both the backstay and Navtec vang are hydraulic and are controlled from a cockpit panel. All running rigging is Spectra.

Elegance below

Some may find navigating the steep companionway tricky, which is a result of the flush deck arrangement, but once you negotiate the ladder, there is little to dislike about the 56's interior. From the light Burmese teak veneers, to the elegant curved teak moldings, to the well-thought-out layout, the interior is stunning, in the classic, understated Scandinavian way. There are two standard interior plans for the cruiser/racer version and, naturally, Nautor offers complete owner customization. Plan one features a single owner's cabin aft, while plan two divides the aft end into two private double cabins.

Both plans begin with pipe berths and sail bins, or a skipper's cabin in the forepeak, followed by an athwartships head and a separate shower. A Pullman cabin, with a comfortable seat opposite and ample storage in overhead lockers is just aft. The saloon has an L-shaped settee and beautiful teak chairs draped around a large table on starboard side. A settee with bookshelves above and lockers below is to port. Neva had a complete entertainment center instead of the bookshelves. The nav station is to starboard, tucked beside the companionway. I like a bit of privacy at the nav desk, especially if it doubles as a dockside office. Radios and repeaters are mounted on the outboard panel while the radar and the chartplotter screens can be mounted directly in front of the navigator, making them easier to see and use.

The galley is to port, which is the aft walk-through on the twin aft cabin model. The counter tops are Corian and there are good-sized teak fiddle rails that will keep food and dishes from falling off when they are being used in rough weather. A four-burner stove with an overhead oven is standard, along with a front- and top-loading refrigerator. The sinks are below the cockpit, opposite the stove. They seemed a bit on the small side. The double aft-cabin plan features over and under berths in the port cabin and a double berth with a second head to starboard. This cabin can be also accessed from the aft cockpit. The owner's cabin plan places the double berth to starboard with a large, comfortable settee opposite. Ventilation throughout the boat is excellent, with numerous Goiot deck hatches and opening portlights. The basic layout of the regatta plan eliminates the forward Pullman cabin and offers four over-and-under sea berths.

The electrical system is 24 volts, which is more efficient than the 12-volt system found on most American boats. However, finding 24-volt electronics, pumps and other accessories is challenging. And unless otherwise specified, the standard shore-power system is 220 volt, although most boats can have 110-volt systems added. The 56 carries 224 gallons of fresh water in four tanks and 105 gallons of fuel in two or three tanks. The manifold systems for both are easily accessed and well-designed.

The standard power plant is a Yanmar 4JH2-UTBE diesel, which is both turbo-charged and intercooled and rated at 96 horsepower. This is plenty of power for the 56's easily driven hull, which displaces 47,400 pounds with all the tanks topped. A triple-bladed Max-Prop feathering propeller is standard; this will be a great help when maneuvering in reverse. Engine access is good from all sides with removable panels and the stuffing box is easy to check under the sole in the aft cabin. The engine compartment is so well-insulated that it was hard to hear the smooth running Yanmar even when below.

On the water

While the conditions were near ideal, with 12 to 15 knots of wind, our sail wardrobe was not: The only headsail aboard was No. 3. Skipper Claudio McGuire apologized and explained that the other sails were at the sail loft for a bit of tweaking. Still the performance of the 56 was impressive. I took the helm on a close reach, and the speed eased over 7, and then over 8 knots. The steering, which is a chain-and-cable system, was light and the helm well-balanced. The boat accelerated effortlessly in any kind of a puff and maintained momentum through the light spots.

Bringing the boat up, we managed 6.8 knots without stalling at 30 to 35 degrees apparent. There was a modest bay chop, and I was impressed by the lack of any noticeable pounding up forward. There is no disputing that today's long waterlines are fast, sometimes dramatically so, yet often there is a trade-off in upwind motion. It seems Frers has found that elusive balance between speed and motion when sailing on the wind. We were anxious to crack off on a reach and put a wave under the quarter. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough of a sea running and we didn't have enough sail to get the boat on top of the water. Still, we clipped along at 7 and 8 knots consistently.

The Swan 56 lives up to its promise. It was intelligently conceived and beautifully finished. I have a suspicion that in a few years' time, we will be calling the 56 the latest Nautor Swan classic.

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LORCA II is a very nice Swan 48 with its carbon rigging, teak deck and recent navy blue paint. Th...
Nautor's Swan SWAN 48 for sale in United Kingdom for £325,000 ($442,767)

NAUTOR'S SWAN SWAN 48 for sale, United Kingdom

Length: 15 m
Year: 1998
$442,767Tax paid
The Swan 48 S combines beautiful lines and sparkling performance with a luxurious and comforta...
Amel 54 for sale in France for €469,000 ($568,509)

AMEL 54 for sale, France

Length: 17 m
Year: 2006
$568,509Tax paid
EU VAT Paid / Registered in France400 Engine HoursComfort Plus Pack2006 Amel 54 Blue Water cruisi...
Elan Impression 50 for sale in Croatia for €349,900 ($424,139)

ELAN Impression 50 for sale, Croatia

Length: 15 m
Year: 2017
$424,139
Hanse 630E for sale in Spain for €460,000 ($557,599)

HANSE 630E for sale, Spain

Length: 19 m
Year: 2012
$557,599
Canary Yacht Brokers has the pleasure to present “SOFIA” this clean and in perfect condition Hans...
Beneteau Sense 51 for sale in Hong Kong for €450,000 ($545,477)

BENETEAU Sense 51 for sale, Hong Kong

Length: 15 m
Year: 2017
$545,477
High specification Beneteau Sense 51 for sale. Built in November 2017 as a 2018 model, and owned...
Dufour Yachts 520 Grand Large for sale in France for €430,000 ($521,234)

DUFOUR YACHTS 520 Grand Large for sale, France

Length: 15 m
Year: 2018
$521,234Tax paid
Remarks :The Dufour 520 Grand Large is combination of style and innovation. The living space onbo...
Dufour Yachts 520 Grand Large for sale in France for €390,000 ($472,747)

DUFOUR YACHTS 520 Grand Large for sale, France

Length: 15 m
Year: 2018
$472,747Tax paid
Beneteau Oceanis 58 for sale in France for €430,000 ($521,234)

BENETEAU Oceanis 58 for sale, France

Length: 18 m
Year: 2013
$521,234Tax paid
Ce BENETEAU OCEANIS 58 se trouve en excellent état, très bien suivi et entretenu. Très équipé, cl...
Beneteau Oceanis 461 for sale in Australia for $550,000 ($425,254)

BENETEAU Oceanis 461 for sale, Australia

Length: 15 m
Year: 2020
$425,254Tax paid
European Yacht Of The Year 2019 The Oceanis 46 boasts all the features of a large cruising yacht,...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in Australia for $630,000 ($487,109)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, Australia

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
$487,109Tax paid
The 51.1 is the first of a new generation. With taut lines, a new stepped hull and a clever deck ...
Beneteau Oceanis 48 for sale in United States of America for $580,000 ($448,450)

BENETEAU Oceanis 48 for sale, United States of America

Length: 15 m
Year: 2018
$448,450
The Beneteau Oceanis 48 'MR' was launched by our team in Barcelona, during May 2018. She is set u...
Beneteau Sense 55 for sale in Italy for €390,000 ($472,747)

BENETEAU Sense 55 for sale, Italy

Length: 17 m
Year: 2016
$472,747Tax paid
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in France for €375,000 ($454,564)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, France

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
$454,564
OCEANIS 51.1 (YEAR 2020, 3 CABINS 2 HEADS VERSION, ALPI BRUSHED OAK)YANMAR 4JH110 (110HP) DIESELD...
Dufour Yachts 520 Grand Large for sale in Martinique for €330,000 ($400,017)

DUFOUR YACHTS 520 Grand Large for sale, Martinique

Length: 15 m
Year: 2018
$400,017
Dufour 520 Grand-Large build July 2018, private boat like new, under warranty, French flag, VAT n...
Beneteau Oceanis 57 for sale in United Kingdom for £310,000 ($422,332)

BENETEAU Oceanis 57 for sale, United Kingdom

Length: 18 m
Year: 2010
$422,332
Beneteau 57, Built 2010, designed by Farr Yacht Design. Beneteau's flagship owners yacht incorpor...
Hanse 588 for sale in Malta for €458,900 ($556,266)

HANSE 588 for sale, Malta

Length: 17 m
Year: 2021
$556,266
The new Hanse 588 - an exceptional sailing yacht that sets new standards with innovations and de...
Hanse 548 for sale in Malta for €381,900 ($462,928)

HANSE 548 for sale, Malta

Length: 16 m
Year: 2021
$462,928
The new Hanse 548 is the crème de la crème of the luxury loft feeling, providing an excellent sa...
Moody 45 DS for sale in Malta for €459,900 ($557,478)

MOODY 45 DS for sale, Malta

Length: 14 m
Year: 2021
$557,478
The versatile and stylish Moody Decksaloon Line combines the best aspects of boating. The comfo...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in France for €420,000 ($509,112)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, France

Length: 16 m
Year: 2019
$509,112Tax paid
Première main Offre complète nous consulter Côté atmosphère, les larges hublots de coque diffusen...
Bavaria Yachts C57 for sale in Greece for $476,826

BAVARIA YACHTS C57 for sale, Greece

Length: 17 m
Year: 2019
$476,826
Beneteau 57 Shallow Draft for sale in Portugal for €370,000 ($448,504)

BENETEAU 57 Shallow Draft for sale, Portugal

Length: 18 m
Year: 2004
$448,504Tax paid
Excellent condition Bénéteau 57 with dark blue hull Interior layout with 2 bow cabins, both with ...
Beneteau Oceanis 54 for sale in United States of America for €400,000 ($484,869)

BENETEAU Oceanis 54 for sale, United States of America

Length: 17 m
Year: 2013
$484,869
Hull color Navy Blue original from factory. 3 cabins layout with major suite at the bow with cent...
Beneteau Oceanis 461 for sale in France for €378,119 ($458,345)

BENETEAU Oceanis 461 for sale, France

Length: 15 m
Year: 2020
$458,345Tax paid
DESIGN EXTÉRIEUR Sur un plan signé Finot-Conq, l’Oceanis 46.1 conserve la distinctive carène à re...
Beneteau Oceanis 58 for sale in Croatia for €428,000 ($518,810)

BENETEAU Oceanis 58 for sale, Croatia

Length: 18 m
Year: 2012
$518,810
Oceanis 58 Elegance 2012. Private layout + skipper cabin. Boat is fully equipped and well maintai...
Beneteau Oceanis 57 for sale in United Kingdom for £310,000 ($422,332)

BENETEAU Oceanis 57 for sale, United Kingdom

Length: 17 m
Year: 2010
$422,332
Fully equipped for Ocean crossing, regularly upgraded and meticulously maintained. One owner from...
Beneteau Oceanis 55 for sale in Greece for €395,000 ($478,808)

BENETEAU Oceanis 55 for sale, Greece

Length: 17 m
Year: 2016
$478,808Tax paid
Sunbird in St Malo are pleased to present this extremely well equipped Oceanis 55. Her one owner ...