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Yacht Specification: Swan 51 - Nautor - Swan 51

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General Information
Technical Details

General Information

The Nautor Swan 51 was built in Pietesaari, Finland, by Nautor Swan, which are widely acclaimed to be the finest production sailing yachts in the world. Swan yachts are renowned for their outstanding sailing abilities, their unfailing quality of construction and craftsmanship, their luxurious accommodation and their classic elegant lines.

The Nautor Swan 51 is one of naval architect German Frers' outstanding all-round designs and shares the same performance pedigree of 'Blizzard', a famous 51ft Admiral's Cup racer, except that The Nautor Swan 51 was also fitted with a lavish cruising interior and the hull sections were enlarged to accommodate the increase in displacement. Fast and easy to sail, she has four comfortable cabins sleeping up to 12 people. The Nautor Swan 51 is a fine balance between a racing and cruising yacht.

The Nautor Swan 51 was built in 1984 for an Italian owner, who has since become the owner of Nautor Swan. She was first kept in the Mediterranean as a family cruising boat and for some fun racing regattas such as the Swan World Cup. In 1997, she was sold to a British owner and sailed from Italy back to the UK, where she competed in several prestigious events before undergoing a complete refit in 1998/99. The refit included new teak decks, winches, sails, electronics and paint.

She was then purchased in March 2001 by the current owner, and upgraded internally with new cushions, curtains and a complete revarnish. New equipments include computer with Seapro navigation software, 220 volt invertor, generator, radar, GPS, SSB and VHF radios, water maker, Satphone, new main Yanmar engine, new sails, new running rigging. She is now maintained to the highest standards.

Technical Details


Length overall 15.62m / 51.25'

Waterline 12.92m / 42.39'
Beam 4.49m / 14.73'
Draft 2.70m / 8.9'
Ballast 7,500kg
Displacement 18,000kg
Fuel 300l
Water 700l
Service power 524 Ah, 24V
Engine New Yanmar 75HP

Navigation and electrical equipment

The Nautor Swan 51 is equipped with the latest navigation system, which includes:

  • PC charting software interfaced with GPS

  • Radar

  • B&G Hercules 2000 with 3 x 20/20 mast displays

  • Navtex

  • Robertson Autopilot

  • SSB radio

  • Satphone for voice and data.

Other new equipment

The Nautor Swan 51 has been fitted with a new water maker and a new generator (a Whispergen, a new type of generator, that produces 24V DC power and is relatively silent). In the winter 2003, The Nautor Swan 51 has also been fitted with a new Yanmar main engine. 

On deck

On deck there are two cockpits, one amidships in connection with the companionway, and one aft for steering with a spacious bridgedeck in between. The deck layout is clean, uncluttered and designed for easy sail handling and maximum control. The dual cockpit configuration provides separate working zones when racing and comfort with security while cruising. The Nautor Swan 51 has a traditional two spreader masthead rig, with babystay, inner forestay and new running backstays. A cluster of 16 winches are grouped mainly around the forward cockpit. The coachroof has been re-organised with new sets of Winches and jammers. Double genoa sheet tracks are installed each side, plus short staysail tracks forward. 


The Nautor Swan 51 has a vast wardrobe of cruising and racing sails. All sails are in perfect condition. 

Cruising sails

Racing sails

Hyde Sails Fully battened composite mainsail North Sails Kevlar radial mainsail
  Roller furler genoa   Light No.1 Kevlar radial genoa
  Asymmetric spinnaker   New heavy No.1 Kevlar radial genoa
North Sails 0.75oz cruising spinnaker   No.2 Kevlar radial genoa
  1.5oz cruising spinnaker   No.3 Kevlar radial genoa

Racing sails

0.5oz Gradient spinnaker
  0.75oz Gradient spinnaker
  1.5oz Gradient spinnaker
Relling Sails No.4 Dacron genoa

Safety equipment

  • MCA Certificate category 2
  • 2 horseshoe lifebuoys, lights plus drogues with covers
  • 1 telescopic Danbuoy 
  • Lifejackets
  • Lifelines
  • Webbing deck lifelines


  • 1  6-man liferaft
  • 1  8-man liferaft
  • Flares to RORC and MCA standard
  • Sailor VHF
  • Iridium Sat Com and Icom M710 SSB
  • 121.5 MHz EPIRB
  • 416MHz EPIRB
  • First Aid - drugs and bandages to RORC and MCA standard



The Nautor Swan 51 features 4 twin cabins and two heads, a roomy newly decorated saloon, a galley and a navigation area. The Nautor Swan 51 can accommodate 12 people, including crew. The simplicity, the high quality of build and finish and the attention to detail are evident throughout the boat interior.

Click an area of the boat below to get more information about the interior design.



The Nautor Swan 51 features 4 twin cabins. Each berth has an individual light and an individual ventilation fan. Each berth also has a leecloth when heavy weather sailing. 

 Aft state room
The aft state room comprises  a double  and a single bed. It also includes an en-suite head. It has direct access to the cockpit in an emergency and is a very nice private and luxurious cabin.     


 Starboard and port twin cabins
The starboard and port cabins are located forward of the saloon and have 2 single berths each.

Forward cabin
Currently dedicated to sails and ropes, this area could transform to give 2 single berths and is reserved for the crew.



The Nautor Swan 51 has two heads, one located in the aft cabin and one next to the port and starboard twin cabins.  It features  hot water  showers  and  new toilets.


The saloon has just been redecorated with new cushions, upholstery, curtains and has been completely re-varnished. The u-shaped settee can seat 10 people. 


The saloon features the following:
  • TV, including DVD

  • Pilot berth on the port side

  • Book shelves and storage

  • Secure handholds throughout the saloon area to move safely when at sea


Well appointed and equipped, the galley area is situated on the port side from the companionway. Easy to use in harbour and underway. It is equipped with the following:

  • Fridge and freezer
  • A new Taylor-Blake four ring gas cooker, including an oven and a grill
  • Salt and fresh water  
  • And lots of good food...

Navigation Centre

The navigation station is the nerve centre of the yacht, whether cruising or racing. 


It carries a full-sized chart table and hosts the latest navigational and communication systems, including:

  • PC charting software interfaced with GPS, relayed onto a 15 inch TFT screen

  • Furuno Radar

  • B&G Hercules 2000 

  • Navtex

  • SSB radio, including weatherfax

  • Satellitte phone for voice and data

  • New VHF radio


The deck layout is clean, uncluttered and designed for easy sail handling and maximum control. The dual cockpit configuration provides separate working zones when racing and comfort with security while cruising. 

The Nautor Swan 51 has a traditional two spreader masthead rig, with babystay, inner forestay, running backstays and checkstays, controlled by a Navtec Hydraulic system.

Teak decks are 12mm thick and were replaced in 1998. The hull is painted awlgrip white with a blue Nautor Swan trimline.