Thursday, February 9, 2012

Design 1973 - Swan 43

Pursuant to my previous posting, here is the boat featured in the book, Down Denmark Straight, the Swan 43. We have mentioned this design in passing in these pages before. This was the second model to be designed by the firm for Nautor Swan.

The prototype was completed in 1968. During a production run from 1969-1972, 67 boats were delivered. Here's an early article. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-0"
LWL 31'-0"
Beam 11'-8"
Draft 7'-0"
Displacement 19,800 lbs
Ballast 9,000 lbs
Sail Area 780 sq ft (heavy weather rig) 807 sq ft (light weather rig)


  1. Probably the cuter and faster boat of S&S in that period

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  2. The book, Best of the Best: Yacht Designs by Sparkman and Stephens, features Casse Tete III and states, "This is the boat that put Nautor and the Flying Swan on the map..." Through chance, I happen to have purchased this very boat last summer, in a neglected condition, and am in the process of restoring her. Although just beginning with the project, she will be sea-worthy in a few weeks and i plan to launch by mid-may.

  3. Hull number 042 has an offset companion way from the cockpit. Was this done by Nautor. Was it a one off special order to the factory? Are there other 43s with this configuration?

  4. This was a phenominal design. Tolerated heavy weather quite well. We were once owners of hull 59 and miss her to this day. At that time her name was Patriot. Sailing out of Annapolis MD.