ClubSwan 50

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Build­ing on the suc­cess of its three pre­vi­ous one-de­sign rac­ing mod­els—the Swan 45, the Club Swan 42, and the Gazprom Swan 60—Nau­tor’s Swan has in­tro­duced yet an­other one-de­sign per­for­mance boat that ups the ante in terms of both per­for­mance and style. The new ClubSwan 50 is the re­sult of an im­pres­sive de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that saw three dif­fer­ent pro­to­type boats built and sailed ex­ten­sively be­fore the fi­nal pro­duc­tion de­sign was set in stone. The goal was a strict one-de­sign, owner-driver rac­ing class that would pro­mote and sus­tain high-end in­ter­na­tional Corinthian sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

De­signed by the renowned Juan Kouy­oumd­jian, the ClubSwan 50 boasts pre-preg car­bon con­struc­tion, a sexy low-free­board hull with a dra­matic re­verse de­stroyer bow, an in­te­gral bowsprit, re­verse sheer, dis­tinc­tive chines and con­cave aft sec­tions with lots of top­side flare. Our judges were also im­pressed with the boat’s in­te­rior, which is sur­pris­ingly open and invit­ing, thanks to the fact the car­bon mast is deck-stepped and sup­ported un­derneath by a mas­sive car­bon beam. The highly at­trac­tive mod­ern fur­ni­ture is not only all car­bon-skinned foam fin­ished with teak and leather, but mod­u­lar to al­low for easy con­ver­sions from cruis­ing to rac­ing mode. The owner’s state­room for­ward, for ex­am­ple, be­comes a com­modi­ous sail locker, while the stylish set­tees be­come over-and-un­der rac­ing berths.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the deck lay­out is equally well con­sid­ered, with the ef­fi­cien­cies of per­for­mance sail­ing neatly bal­anced against the needs of short-handed con­ve­nience. The end re­sult is a gen­uine go-fast race boat that com­bines stun­ning looks with lux­u­ri­ous ap­point­ments. club­

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