1 December 2015
In the world of sailing, Swan yachts are called “the Rolls Royce of the sea.” Many of their owners regard them as works of art (“my Picasso”), not just because of their cost, between fifteen and twenty million euros, but also and above all for their uniqueness. The latest project of the Finnish yard, run since 1998 by Leonardo Ferragamo, is the 115-footer, designed by German Frérs. The first boat to touch the water (of the four built so far) was Solleone, owned by the Italian businessman. The 35.20-meter-long hull and the deck are made of carbon fiber, ensuring rigidity, strength and a saving of weight. It easily exceeds 15 knots, and can reach speeds of over 20. The deck is characterized by an elegant minimalism: clean lines and with every sort of electric winch designed to make the yacht extremely easy to sail despite her substantial size. No less interesting is the area below the deck, principally the work of the architect and designer Michele Bonan: everything is faced with fine teak and worked by the expert hands of the Finnish joiners of Jakobstad, where the yard is located: a place rich in forests and precious varieties of wood, where the building of boats is a tradition that stretches back three centuries. Details in leather and silver complete the interior, characterized by a space enlarged by the raised deckhouse, which has made it possible to create a very pleasant saloon with a view of the sea. Functionalist Scandinavian design has been applied to a fast hull that can also be fitted with a lifting keel to allow it to sail even in the shallow waters of the Caribbean, as well as to facilitate access to many of the world’s marinas. The Swan 115 in full sail is a sight for sore eyes, both for its ability to cut cleanly through the waves and for its timeless lines. Also available in the flush-deck (FD) version.