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Swan 80 - A pure maxi below 24 m length, the best of both worlds

by Nautor Swan 16 Sep 12:49 UTC

In brief:

  • A pure maxi below 24 m length, the best of both worlds
  • New model an evolution of the successful Swan 78, with 10 sailing
  • Hull and deck style in line with the latest Maxi Swan design
  • Interior layout optimised for maximum comfort and capability
  • Versatile options offer a range of configurations


The Swan 80 is a further evolution of Nautor's long experience in large yacht production, and directly follows on from the highly successful best- in-class Swan 78. It remains a tribute to the design of the 78 that of the 10 sold none of the owners requested any modifications.

Following in the same spirit, the new Swan 80 is a true maxi with all the expertise and creativity that Nautor Swan can deploy. Crucially in this market sector it measures in at just under 24m, allowing the Swan 80 to maximise all the advantages of its size and design while avoiding EC regulations and limitations.


The same design team have again worked their magic on the new Swan 80, with the renowned naval architect German Frers creating the overall concept and naval architecture, Lucio Micheletti the exterior style and Misa Poggi the interior style.

The Swan 80 will step up into the Swan Maxi category and will emulate the eye-catching hull and deck style of the renewed line most recently exhibited by the Swan 108, a striking new look that will characterise the Swan Maxi family into the future.

A fresh new look on deck features wood covered cockpit coamings — which have been extended further aft for crew comfort — that add a new perspective to the yacht. With its modern, uncluttered look the design speaks of neatness and efficiency.

Below deck the Swan 80 has the space and capacity to offer a wide variety of cabin configurations and open areas to meet all requirements.


Nautor has a long and celebrated history in designing and constructing bluewater sailing yachts. Its experience means it has also been able to adapt and change to incorporate the significant recent changes brought to yacht design by long ocean races.

Modern yachts combine stability, safety and performance, and are capable of large daily mileages with the latest hull designs putting less strain on spars, rigging and gear. The Swan 80 is no exception, featuring twin rudders for directional stability, a tapered hull entrance and powerful aft section, with design allowing optimal balance between performance and stability at different angles of heel.

The hull's construction of foam cored glass fibre reinforced epoxy with carbon fibre unidirectional reinforcements ensures solidity and durability.

The rudders are designed with sacrificial tios and the rudder stocks are encased within sealed compartments to minimise the consequence of any collision with a submerged object. Keel options include fixed deep and fixed shallow, as well as a deep telescopic lifting variant as required.


The Swan 80's near flush wooden deck serves to highlight the discreet and streamlined coachroof running aft from the mast. The new look deck style maintains the Swan mission to allow ease of operation, with the winches well placed around the twin helm stations, and a centre console available for the mainsheet winch.

As the whole aft cockpit section of the yacht is flat, it allows any configuration of seating, ondeck storage or other furnishings that might be desired. It is also possible, of course, to remove all deck furniture when in racing mode.

Similarly the open aft deck can be set up for swimming and sunbathing when in cruising configuration, with easy access to the beach area and swimming platform, which in turn are adjacent to the full beam lazarette which can easily accommodate a rigid inflatable boat.

In turn, the stern platform allows easy access to the RIB or any tender.


Versatility and flexibility are the order of the day when heading below decks on the Swan 80. Once again the experience and suggestions from the owners, guests and crew on the Swan 78s has proved invaluable in further developing the Nautor offering.

A variety of optional configurations are available for the location of cabins, sitting and dining areas. One possibility sees the spacious owners cabin located forward, with another four guest and VIP cabins all with en suite facilities.

The crew quarters are organised in an area aft, with independent access to the cockpit, engine room and other technical areas to avoid disturbing guests. Another possibility allows for the temporary conversion of a guest cabin for crew use, so increasing crew from 2 to 5.

The already spacious saloon area can be further increased by utilising the space of one guest cabin for an additional TV or dining area — another nod to the maxi philosophy.

Conceptual standard specification:

  • Length of hull: 23.99 m / 78.70 ft
  • LOA: 25.55m / 83.82 ft
  • LWL: 22.18 m / 72.77 ft
  • Beam max: 6.40 m / 21.00 ft
  • Draught: 4.00 m / 13.12 ft
  • Displacement (light): 42600 kg / 93916 Ibs
  • Ballast: 11600 kg / 25573 lbs
  • Engine Steyr SE1I86E38: 129 kw / 175 hp
  • IG: 31.660 m / 103.67 ft
  • Fore triangle: 154.4 m2 / 1662 sq.ft
  • J: 9.77 m / 32.05 ft
  • Main sail: 196.0 m2 / 2110 sq.ft
  • P: 31.00 m / 101.71 ft
  • Jib: 174.3m2 / 1876 sq.ft
  • E: 10.25m / 33.63 ft
  • Fuel 2000L / 528USgal
  • Service batteries: 24V 1050Ah/5h
  • Water: 1300L / 343 US gal
  • Handling system batteries: 24V 225Ah / 20h
  • Hot water: 100 L / 26 US gal
  • Starting batteries: 12V 75Ah/ 20h
  • Grey water: 270L / 71 US gal
  • Diesel generator: Northern Light M864W3 230V 20kW 50Hz
  • Black water: 270L / 71 US gal
  • Shore power: 230V 63A + 230V 50A for AC
  • Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
  • Construction Approval: CE-approval: Category A Ocean

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