Keeping it cool

Nautor's Swan launch the 31-metre Swan 98, a high-performance sloop designed by Germán Frers.

16 July 2020


Just launched from Nautor’s Swan’s state-of-the-art superyacht facility in Pietarsaari, Finland, the Swan 98 is high-performance cruising yacht that promises to deliver unrivalled comfort, safety and reliability while ocean-passage-making at speed.

The 30-metre sailing yacht is designed by Germán Frers and features interior design by Genovese architect Misa Poggi. There are two interior layouts available, owner aft and owner forward staterooms plus three guest cabins each with ensuite bathroom. The finest Italian textiles and leathers create an ambience of comfort and luxury whether entertaining guests or relaxing alone.

While the standard Swan 98 has base specifications, there is an extensive list of options that means no two Swan 98s will be the same; each is a semi-custom superyacht reflecting her owner’s unique style.

Chief among these is the option of a telescopic keel that, together with the standard twin rudders, reduces draught from 4.9 to 3.2 metres, opening up a world of shoal-draft lagoons, colourful harbours and remote, unspoiled anchorages without compromising windward performance.


The Swan 98’s hull and deck is constructed using epoxy SPRINT® pre-preg carbon-fibre interior and exterior skins on a core of M-grade Corecell foam. This gives the ultimate structural stiffness and rigidity at the lightest possible weight, while at the same time ensuring structural safety and reliability.

The hull is laid up in a female mould tooled from the same technology to ensure identical mechanical properties when the hull is carefully cured in a highly advanced oven, installed at Nautor’s Swan’s new superyacht facility at the beginning of 2018.

Additionally, the hull carries almost all of her beam right aft, which delivers excellent form stability when heeled and at the same time creates generous volume below in private cabins and social spaces.

The transom folds down hydraulically to create a teak-decked swim platform and reveal a garage for a tender.

In terms of systems, the Swan 98 has been designed to enable worldwide cruising without compromise.

She has generous tankage for both water and fuel, all easily inspected. Below the raised saloon is a full-beam engine room providing excellent maintenance access to her 279hp Steyr main engine, the generator and other systems.

The deck provides dual-purpose spaces for both efficient sailing and resting in style. The spacious open foredeck provides the perfect sun deck while at anchor and space for sail handling while cruising.

For those wishing to compete, there is a comprehensive racing package that includes a square-top mainsail with running backstays. The package also includes a double-length bowsprit for fast reaching with powerful masthead gennakers.



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