Swan 46

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2005


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With her sleek modern style, the new Swan 46 adds contemporary panache to Nautor's Swan's line of renowned blue-water cruisers. Designed by Germán Frers, the 46 has a 15/16 fractional rig with double swept-back spreaders and a 100-percent jib that comes down to the deck thanks to the recessed headstay and under-deck furler. Conceptualized for cruising pursuits, the 46 is easy to handle and can come with a shallow draft fin keel with dagger-board instead of the standard traditional keel that draws 7.6 feet. Coupled with composite twin rudders, the daggerboard is adjusted by a hydraulic cylinder controlled by push buttons. There is a manual pump backup, and the daggerboard can be accessed through a hatch on deck. With the daggerboard up, the 46 draws 4.3 feet and 11.2 feet when down.

The Swan 46 offers two- and three-cabin layouts with ample locker space in both. The nav desk is incorporated into the main saloon so the whole crew can take part in the voyage planning. Two removable chairs compliment the L-shaped settee around the dinette to accommodate guests in the saloon.

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