All good things must come to an end…

It’s a sad day for me to be writing this; but decisions need to be made, life needs to move on, new adventures to be had.  So, I’ll keep this brief before I swamp my keyboard in tears.

We are selling Coco, our beloved Swan 54.

Coco has been part of our family for a bit over three and a half years and she’s carried us safely on the greatest adventure of our lives, sailing from Finland to New Zealand. She’s a proven bluewater yacht, capable of doing long ocean passages with speed and comfort. We didn’t scrimp on kitting her out, adding all the bells and whistles to make sure the yacht was fit for purpose, sailing long distances or for extended periods living aboard. And she’s no slug in the water if the odd regatta is your gig!  After all, she is a Swan…

And it’s not just me, Yachting World picked the Swan 54 on their list of 43 of the best bluewater sailboat designs of all time.  They listed the Swan 54 in the category of “best bluewater yachts for performance” saying “but the Swan 54 wins for handling above all, with well laid-out sail controls that can be easily managed between a couple, while offering real sailing enjoyment to the helmsman”.

Why are we selling? If you’re interested, you can click here for that story.

So, if you are in the market for an epic yacht that’s only about three and a half years old, read on.

  • Swan 54 – Hull Number 10
  • Hull Colour – Tradition Swan Dark Blue
  • Builder – Nautor Finland
  • Architect – German Frers
  • Launched September 2018
  • Current Location – Auckland New Zealand

For the full specs and an overview of the Swan 54 click here and head to the Nautor website. The Swan 54 Brochure can be found here (ours includes the 2019 upgrades).

Additional upgrades from the standard specification:

  • Selden Carbon mast and v-boom
  • Sails – North Sails 3Di Endurance Main and electric furling Headsail.  Additional sails – Staysail, Gennaker, Code Zero
  • Full teak decking (including coachroof)
  • Bow Thruster – SidePower
  • Generator – Fischer Panda
  • Watermaker – Sea Recovery
  • Air Conditioning – Marine Air
  • Washing Machine – Miele
  • Addition Freezer
  • Dive Compressor – Bauer
  • Electronics / Navigation – full suite of B&G including Plotters x 3 (Zeus 16 inch at the nav station, 9 inch displays on the helm stations), AIS, Radar, Autopilot, Forward Facing Sonar, VHF
  • SatPhone – KVH
  • Tender – F-Rib folding 2.7m

My final comments have to be around why we love Coco so much – firstly, she’s a beautiful yacht; anyone who wants to own her will feel proud to be in that position. The next big deal is that she sails like a dream; fast, reliable and set up so that she can be sailed by a couple even in really tough conditions, and we have loved her reliability regardless of where we’ve been sailing. Whether it’s a casual 15 knots on the beam on a flat day, or 30 knots on the nose plowing into a 4 metre ocean swell, or a long downwind Tradewinds sail with 35 – 40 knots behind you with a big ocean swell rising up behind like a small building – she just deals with it. Living onboard is an immense pleasure for extended periods of time – comfortable, functional, spacious, stylish, and all the mod-cons makes for a really enjoyable experience. It’s intimate, sophisticated and beautifully finished. She has great cockpit space for living in the sun and the drop-down transom that extends the outdoor area into a swim platform is something you can only dream of. Sitting on that lowered transom in a bean bag , feet in the water, as the sun goes down with a glass of wine in hand just makes your day. She’ll become an important part of your life you will enjoy and nurture. And in return, you’ll get the adventures of a lifetime. So if it’s just the two of you, or a family, or an experience you share with your friends, the Swan 54 is the yacht for you.

Please note – this is an indicative overview of the yacht.  For further information please contact me via email if you’re looking for a beautiful yacht that’s been exceptionally well maintained and will give you years of enjoyment, whether you’re coastal cruising, or you are after a fast, safe bluewater yacht for your next adventure. You’ll fall in love with her, just like we have.

2 Comments on “All good things must come to an end…

  1. Hi Alex,

    Nice to read of your new adventure. It sounds exciting.

    We met in Tekapo last year after a day skiing. I was inspired by you and Jaqui’s story, and I’ve managed to put some of it into effect. Not to post here, but if you get a moment I’ll explain – but I’ve lost your mobile #


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