ON TEST: CLUBSWAN 50
For its 50th anniversary, swan produced something so radical toby hodges soon ran out of superlatives
Terrible. Woeful, in fact. This is a ferociously expensive yacht that makes no consideration for crew comfort or tender stowage. And what about the practicalities of parking such a triangular hull? So, this is a showy design. An absurd proposition, in fact. . . for anyone who is in the market for a bluewater cruiser.
Even if the Clubswan 50 did nothing else right – even if she were as impractical as I have implied – she is a sight to behold. She is the most extreme-looking production yacht I’ve seen. No computer-enhanced renderings could do justice to seeing this yacht for the first time. She is fantastically awesome.
Nautor’s Swan well and truly removed the shackles for this contemporary beast. It has unleashed a design so fresh she deserves an MTV documentary about her.
The only thing that looks Swan-like is the coveline with its familiar blue arrow head.
Nautor’s Swan has often been ahead of the curve – the Finnish/italian company has been building lightweight carbon flyers for over a decade now – and for its 50th anniversary it wanted to produce a spectacular yacht. I think I can say it has achieved that rather handsomely.
Marketing director Vanni Galgani said the company didn’t really care how many sold so long as the 50 had wow factor. It has, but Italian romanticism is not the point. This is the result of a diligently researched, multifaceted programme from its first concept.
She’s a fabulously fancy weekender, perhaps, but moreover will be a fast and fun owner-driver one-design class, with an ambitious and exciting Nations Cup programme (see the panel at the end) – and one that could only potentially succeed under a name well practised in organising international regattas.