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It’s one of the most iconic brands in yachting. For the last 50 years, Nautor’s Swan has held a unique position in the boatbuilding industry, achieving a successful and precise balance between heritage and innovation while producing some of the finest large, high-performance sailing yachts afloat.

It all started in 1970 when an expert client asked Nautor – a young, up-and-coming boatbuilder back then – to build a 17-metre racing yawl in fiberglass, to a design by Sparkman & Stephens. It was a pioneering project.

At that time, the Swan 55 was one of the largest yachts ever to be built in GRP and also one of the largest ever produced in series. Sixteen of them were built and Nautor’s Swan never looked back. Its next model, the Swan 65, won the first Whitbread Round The World Race in 1973 and the rest is history. Read on.