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A lot has happened at the Nautor shipyard in the last 12 months and some major milestones have been achieved. They’ve established Maxi Swan as a separate entity in its own right, announced two new models – the 88 and 108 – to expand the range, and sold the first units of each.

They’ve also built and launched the first of their new flagship model, the 120, started construction of their first diesel-electric hybrid, and launched the ClubSwan 125, which promptly claimed monohull line honours in the Fastnet Race on its first outing and set a new course record. Meanwhile, the construction of the first ClubSwan80 continues… and that’s just the highlights of the maxi division.

The strategy that’s been driving these projects was set some time ago and many of them have been steadily under way for three, four or even five years but it’s fitting that the leaders of the Italo-Finnish shipyard waited until 2021, when many longterm goals were coming to fruition, to announce the dawn of a new Maxi Swan era.

‘What I mean by new era is that we now have a business that is dedicated to this size of yacht, studying and fulfilling the needs of owners on a continuous basis,’ Nautor Group chief executive Giovanni Pomati explains. ‘The outcome is that we have a wider range with four boats between 88 and 120ft. So we can match different hull sizes, different crew sizes, different degrees of self-sufficiency, and respond to changing regulations.’

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