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Nautor Swan 411 – name/ Blue Swan

Nautor Swan 411  hull #14

A stunning example of this iconic Sparkman & Stephens classic was brought from Trieste, Italy in August 2019. During the passage we lost the boom and mail sail in the south of Sardinia during a storm. We manage to arrive to Vilamoura, Algarve 2 weeks later.

After our arrival Blue Swan went to the hard to start a 9 months refit that included: new boom, new mai sail, new rigging, deck reconditioning, hull maintenance (osmosis treatment), shaft bearing, zincs, new batteries, new diesel filter, servicing water filter, new water pump, servicing bilge pumps.

Here some photos from the passage Trieste-Vilamoura and some more photos form the refit.

(coming soon)


Sparkman & Stephens Swan

Today, Sparkman&Stephens designed Swans are universally acknowledged to be the finest ocean- going production sailing yachts ever built.

The Sparkman&Stephens Swan legend was created in less than a decade. A remarkable achievement in the highly competitive world of yachting.

Own a Sparkman&Stephens Swan and you share part of that legend, a legend based upon reality. The reality of a unique standard of Sparkman&Stephens design and Nautor construction in harmony with performance, luxury, comfort and renowned seaworthiness under the most demanding condition.

Sail a Sparkman&Stephens designed Swan and you experience a unique combination of the elegance and power created by superb engineering and the craftsman’s skill. A pride reflected in a marriage of technology and tradition, and in Nautor’s uncompromised dedication towards creating the ultimate statement of the yachtbuilder’s art.

Sparkman&Stephens Swan. The supreme sailing experience

S&S Swan Association


Fully equipped for offshore sailing expeditions. Because of that she is a strong and safe boat for your sailing expeditions and offshore training.

Find more about our boat data here>>


Blue Swan, being flagged in Belgium carries industry standard safety and medical equipment from life rafts to med kits to comms. Although with follow the guidelines Cat0 coding by MCA

– 8 Life jacks SEATEC – Life Jacket X-PRO 180
– 2 life buoy
– Danbuoy
– Save line – MOB
– Liferaft by SEAGO / ISO 9650-2 with HRU SOLAS app
– 2 fire extinguishers – dry chemical
– 1 fire blanket
– Smoke alarm
– CO2 alarm
– AIS Digital Yacht Nomad
– Ploter Raymarine 435 / Backup iPad Pro – Navionics & ISailor
– VHF DSC Simrad
– Hand held VHF Cobra
– Radar reflector
– 4 hand flares
– 2 orange smokes
– 4 parachutes
– 406 MHz EPIRB
– 3 magnetic compass
– Nautical publications: charts from the area, pilot books and almanac.
– Dividers and Breton plotter
– Barmeter
– Searchlight
– 1 CQR 18Kg main anchor / Brittany 12Ks kedge
– Safety harnesses and straps
– First aid kit Class2
Main sail Hyde sail Tri-radial CHALLEGE WARP-DRIVE 9.11 year 2020
Genoa 150% North Sails year 2010
Stay  North Sails year 2014
Gennaker year 2012

Some article about Nautor Swan 411R:

Article 1- The Swan 411 Cruiser/Racer by S&S>>

Article 2 (in French) – Swan 411: Une reference Mondiale>>


Check List for S&S Swan(updated 16th July 2019) – Swan Association

S&S Swan Association would like to point out the most important peculiarities which make a Sparkman&Stephens de- signed Swan an original and unique one:
824 yachts built in 15 models between 1967 and 1989. All the yachts have a hull number.

Below is a helpful list of 52 items.

  1. Nautor’s Swan Builder’s Plaque with model/hull number and month/year of delivery (found down below, bronze or aluminum)
    S&S recessed cove stripes with arrows
  2. Nautor Mast Plaque (anodized aluminum on mast, boom, spinnaker and jockey poles)
    Original Aluminum Nautor Mast/Boom/Spinnaker/Jockey Poles (if new alu mast section has about same size and same number of spreaders it can be accepted as original)
  3. Hull Number stamped on mast top plate, under or behind most of the furniture, and inside lazarette
  4. Shrouds as by original Sail Plan. Some yachts had rod rigging originally, beginning with Swan 36. Flattened
  5. South Coast Rod Rigging was used first, Navtec round rod later, (see sail plans on
  6. Thurnbuckles are Lewmar first grade marine bronze, or Navtec stainless steel if shrouds are in rod. Aluminum anodized plate at the base of the shrouds
  7. Number of Spinnaker Poles: must be 2
  8. Spinnaker Poles material (originally aluminum)
  9. Number of Winches as per original Deck Plan: (see deck plan on
  10. Main Halyard Reel Winch on some models, Luke Winch for retracting keel on CB Swan
  11. Number of tracks as per original Sail Plan:
  12. Original Black Anodized Aluminum Turning Blocks
  13. Ball bearing sheet tracks not original
  14. Cars with towing lines not original
  15. Lewmar chromed bronze cars
  16. Bowsprit not original
  17. Approximately original engine HP
  18. Morse engine control
  19. Aquamet 22 propeller shaft (A simple test is to check if the shaft is magnetic or not, it should be non-mag-netic, but this only confirms that a stainless material is in question, and there are many of them)
  20. Morse shaft packing gland
  21. Nautor built aluminum (painted white) steering pedestal
  22. Danforth Constellation 6” (Suunto D-165 on later S&S Swan, with dedicated label) binnacle mountedcompass
  23. Elk leather (dark brown) on stainless steel wheel
  24. Original Skeg Rudder: (see lines plan in S&S Swan. A Legend)
  25. Original Rudder Side Profile: (see lines plan in S&S Swan. A Legend)
  26. Original Rudder Stock with Band Packing Gland with thread (no graphite)
  27. Original Keel Side Profile: (see lines plan in S&S Swan. A Legend)
  28. Original Dorade Boxes (see deck plan on
  29. Original Deck Hatches with raised coamings (not flush)
  30. Original Forward Sliding Hatch (on some yachts, see deck plan on
  31. Deck prisms with metal frames
  32. GRP fiberglass Window Frames
  33. Traditional Sail Shapes
  34. Teak Deck originally screwed
  35. Teak Deck Design: original sharp batten corners
  36. Aluminum Nautor Toerail (The first models – 36, 43, 40 had wooden toerails, the change came during the
  37. Swan 37 series, the last 37s have aluminium rails)
  38. Lewmar tapered stanchions, (with black plastic nut on top for earlier models)
  39. Nav Lights are Hella Marine
  40. Original Hull Lines (even if it is difficult to determine if for example the aft body has been filled up just a little)
  41. Trim Screws 305 mm (12 in.) above DWL, bow and stern, double boot top
  42. Drain Plug (starboard side, on the deepest part of the bilge)
  43. Blakes seacocks (with square handle attachment, and also a threaded connection for a sleeve. The threads
  44. were soon replaced with serrations for receiving the hose directly)
  45. Toerail bolt nuts are GRP/gealcoat covered (if not, check why, a possibility is because Teak Deck have been replaced
  46. Sail track bolt nuts are GRP/gelcoat covered (if not, check why, a possibility is because Teak Deck have been replaced)
  47. Keel bolt nuts are GRP and gelcoat covered (if not, check why)
  48. Baby Blake Toilets
  49. Electric Panel, anodized grey aluminum, with Heinemann breakers
  50. Autopilot, originally a Neco (still the best electric AP motor), fitted by the yard
  51. Wind Instrument, B&G from Hengist Horsa serie onwards
  52. Interior Varnish (originally Sadolux, hand rubbed) must be satin/rubbed effect (could nowadays be maintained with OsmoWax)
  53. Chromed Bronze Padeyes for kitchen belts, (sprayhood on deck) etc.


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