The first two hulls of the German Frers–designed Nautor’s Swan 78 were launched at the start of summer. Frers set out to design a blue-water cruiser that seemed much larger than the 78-foot length would suggest. The beamy, powerful hull with its telescopic keel gives the 78 the ability to cross oceans, but the keel can be lifted for shallow-draft ports or island anchorages. The yacht at Cannes, Kinina, was built with a custom performance package to enhance its racing abilities. The upgrades include a longer bowsprit, E-six carbon rigging, and a square-top mainsail.
Nautor’s Swan offers two interior layouts: the owner forward (OF) and owner aft (OA) layouts. The OF layout is quieter since it enjoys more privacy at the front of the yacht. It has a desk and en suite bathroom with a private shower compartment. The OA version is designed for owners who like to sail in any weather since the rear is less prone to vibration and noise. Because the hull is wider at this point, the master suite measures about 21 feet across—impressive for a 78-foot sailing yacht. Three guest cabins, all en suite, are included in both layouts. Any owner will also get Swan’s legendary fit and finish. On Kinina, the owner opted for white-treated teak and a dark wenge floor. Taupe leather details are on the tabletops and owner’s stateroom headboards.