Nautor's Swan 56 for sale in Malaysia for $495,000 (£399,284)

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LOA
17 m
Price
$495,000 (£399,284)
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,
Broker
Simpson Marine Limited
Country
Malaysia
Contact Name
Richard Allen
Broker Office
Simpson Marine Limited
desiree.goh@simpsonmarine.com
Phone
+852 2555 8377
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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. 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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Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42 for sale in France for €410,000 (£367,426)

WAUQUIEZ Pilot Saloon 42 for sale, France

Length: 13 m
Year: 2018
£367,426
The 4th and smallest model in the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon series - another stunning blue-water crui...
Wauquiez 54 PS for sale in Ireland for €374,000 (£335,164)

WAUQUIEZ 54 PS for sale, Ireland

Length: 17 m
Year: 1997
£335,164Tax paid
Remarks :Excellent example of this rare Wauquiez 54 Pilot Saloon.Three cabin lay out in American ...
Wauquiez 47 PILOT SALOON for sale in  for €380,000 (£340,541)

WAUQUIEZ 47 PILOT SALOON for sale,

Length: 14 m
Year: 2014
£340,541Tax paid
Pilot saloon 47 build in December 2014 by Wauquiez factory, private boat, very well equipped, and...
Wauquiez 42 PILOT SALOON for sale in United States of America for $520,000 (£419,450)

WAUQUIEZ 42 PILOT SALOON for sale, United States of America

Length:
Year: 2018
£419,450
Camper & Nicholsons Bowman for sale in Greece for €460,000 (£412,234)

CAMPER & NICHOLSONS Bowman for sale, Greece

Length: 21 m
Year: 1982
£412,234
An ocean going classic 70 ft. Bermuda Ketch. She was built by Bowman and the hull is designed by ...
Privilege 465 for sale in Spain for €415,000 (£371,907)

PRIVILEGE 465 for sale, Spain

Length: 15 m
Year: 2004
£371,907
VAT included. Last antifouling in June 2016. Last engine service in Sept. 2016. Specs Flag of ...
Jeanneau yacht yacht 51 for sale in United States of America for $545,000 (£439,615)

JEANNEAU YACHT yacht 51 for sale, United States of America

Length: 15 m
Year: 2017
£439,615
Beneteau Sense 55 for sale in Thailand for $475,000 (£383,151)

BENETEAU Sense 55 for sale, Thailand

Length: 17 m
Year: 2013
£383,151
The innovative concept of this range of cruisers is fully expressed in the Beneteau Sense 55. Bu...
Hanse 630E for sale in Thailand for €500,000 (£448,081)

HANSE 630E for sale, Thailand

Length: 19 m
Year: 2008
£448,081Tax paid
Outstanding performance and innovative design has ensured the Hanse 630 has been named boat of t...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in Hong Kong for €499,950 (£448,036)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, Hong Kong

Length: 15 m
Year: 2018
£448,036
Built in 2018, this is a First Line Edition of the beautiful Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 fitted out in...
Beneteau Oceanis 57 for sale in Greece for €430,000 (£385,350)

BENETEAU Oceanis 57 for sale, Greece

Length:
Year: 2008
£385,350
Beneteau 57 built in 2008, privately owned, one owner since new, maintained in top condition. Ful...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in Ireland for €399,000 (£357,569)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, Ireland

Length: 16 m
Year: 2019
£357,569
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY!Sold out until 2020, unless you act now! This Oceanis 51.1 has a simply awe...
Beneteau Oceanis 461 for sale in Ireland for €404,950 (£362,901)

BENETEAU Oceanis 461 for sale, Ireland

Length: 15 m
Year: 2019
£362,901Tax paid
Following on from the roaring success that is the Oceanis 51.1, this season sees the arrival of t...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in Ireland for €379,000 (£339,645)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, Ireland

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
£339,645
Beautiful example of the multi award winning Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 ready immediately. This model ...
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 519 for sale in Grenada for $430,000 (£346,853)

JEANNEAU Sun Odyssey 519 for sale, Grenada

Length: 16 m
Year: 2017
£346,853
She is a Beauty From the Best of Jeanneau Yachts! She is available to TRYB4UBuy! Fully Loaded Re...
Beneteau Oceanis 55 for sale in Croatia for €379,000 (£339,645)

BENETEAU Oceanis 55 for sale, Croatia

Length: 16 m
Year: 2013
£339,645Tax paid
NAVIGATION AND ELECTRONICS: 2x chartplotter multifunction display Simrad NSS 8 VHF Simrad Radar S...
Catalina 545 for sale in United States of America for $525,000 (£423,483)

CATALINA 545 for sale, United States of America

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
£423,483
Huge News From Catalina: The NEW 545 is out. INTRODUCTORY BASE PRICE is $525,000 Designer ...
Beneteau Oceanis 461 for sale in Ireland for €403,879 (£361,941)

BENETEAU Oceanis 461 for sale, Ireland

Length: 15 m
Year: 2019
£361,941Tax paid
AVAILABLE FOR MAY 2019 HANDOVER!Following from the Oceanis 51.1, the new Oceanis 46.1 was launch ...
Tartan 395 for sale in United States of America for $409,400 (£330,236)

TARTAN 395 for sale, United States of America

Length: 12 m
Year: 2020
£330,236
The All-New Tartan 395 A beacon of beauty, power, and quality, in a sea of production sailboat m...
Catalina 545 for sale in United States of America for $575,000 (£463,814)

CATALINA 545 for sale, United States of America

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
£463,814
All New 2020 Catalina 545 now available for order Cruising World Magazine's Boat of the Year - ...
Jeanneau 51 for sale in United States of America for $433,900 (£349,998)

JEANNEAU 51 for sale, United States of America

Length: 15 m
Year: 2020
£349,998
The world is rich with extraordinary destinations. The Jeanneau 51 was created to take you there...
Beneteau OCEANIS 51.1 for sale in Croatia for €422,000 (£378,180)

BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 for sale, Croatia

Length: 16 m
Year: 2018
£378,180
Beneteau Oceanis 55 for sale in Malta for €500,000 (£448,081)

BENETEAU Oceanis 55 for sale, Malta

Length: 17 m
Year: 2016
£448,081Tax paid
Spacious and impeccably kept, this Oceanis 55 is the perfect excellent Beneteau design; well equi...
Dufour Yachts 530 for sale in  for €483,000 (£432,846)

DUFOUR YACHTS 530 for sale,

Length: 16 m
Year: 2020
£432,846
Hallberg-Rassy 48 for sale in Netherlands for €499,500 (£447,633)

HALLBERG-RASSY 48 for sale, Netherlands

Length: 15 m
Year: 2005
£447,633Tax paid
Zeer complete, prachtige Hallberg Rassy 48. Slechts 2 eigenaren die haar deskundig met zorg en li...
Jongert 18DS for sale in Spain for €380,000 (£340,541)

JONGERT 18DS for sale, Spain

Length: 17 m
Year: 1980
£340,541
Magnificent steel ketch boat from the prestigious Jongert shipyard. With a practically new MERCED...
Hanse 630E for sale in Spain for €490,000 (£439,119)

HANSE 630E for sale, Spain

Length: 19 m
Year: 2012
£439,119
Canary Yacht Brokers has the pleasure to present “SOFIA” this clean and in perfect condition Hans...
Beneteau Oceanis 55 for sale in Spain for €389,000 (£348,607)

BENETEAU Oceanis 55 for sale, Spain

Length: 16 m
Year: 2015
£348,607
Remarks :This Beneteau Oceanis 55 is a beautiful and spacious cruising yacht, f...