by Cailah Leask
For Nautor’s Swan, 2012 has proven to be one of the company’s most successful years in recent times. With a complete order book from the last twelve months, the yard is full of new builds and a number of extensive re-fit projects, the highly skilled team in Pietarsaari, Finland have relished the challenge and delivered a significant increase on turnover under the leadership of Managing Director, Enrico Chieffi.
Newest edition to the SwanLine- - The Swan 80s
2012 has seen the launch of the newest addition to the SwanLine, the Swan 80S. With her performance oriented hull and clean deck layout masking comfortable internal volume and a wealth of technical features that combine to offer outstanding long range cruising capabilities, she is a modern sailing yacht built to be fast, yet be perfectly in keeping with company’s traditional core values: elegant lines, luxurious interiors, ease of handling and reliability. Above deck, commitment to comfort is a priority with the aesthetically elegant sweeping top of the raised saloon flowing easily into the entertainment cockpit amidships providing a protected area with access to the main companionway, which also benefits from a stylish integrated in-deck bimini that is unique to the new models within the SwanLine.
The offering available within the superyacht range continues to grow at Nautor’s Swan. Earlier in 2012, the Swan 105 was introduced. The first hulls are now in construction having completed the moulds earlier this summer and the first Swan 105 will be ready to launch in 2014. The design team is also well advanced with plans for a larger model to complete the SwanLine, which currently ranges from the Club Swan 42 to the Swan 105, in addition to custom projects.
Within the racing sphere, Nautor’s Swan has created a new one design class with support from ClubSwan partner, Gazprom. The Gazprom Swan 60 Class comprises eight yachts racing under the country flags of five nations, spanning two continents. Four Swan 60s competed in the Rolex Swan Cup last week and the next event on the calendar is the Nord Stream Race in late October.
Regional operations continue to expand into undeveloped markets for Nautor’s Swan. The partnership with Gazprom and the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg is a driving force for the Russian market. To service this and develop opportunities under the direction of Commercial Director, Luca Lucheschi, Joakim Hilden has been appointed Area Manager. The Far East also remains a key target and to drive this area forward following a successful introduction for the brand during the Hainan Rendez-Vous Boat Show in April 2012, where Jimmy Cheung has been appointed Area Manager for this region.
Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, 'Over the course of 2012 we will have launched eight new Swan Maxis. We achieved an outstanding milestone in August with the launch of the Swan 90S, Freya, our 2000th Swan to launch. Our refit service continues to expand with ever more extensive projects being undertaken as we restore older models to their former glory and are able to work with owners to deliver their vision for their Swan. It is an exciting time for the company and we are looking forward to the end of launching season and the start of the next phase of construction for our 2013 deliveries.'
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