Sitting at the entry into the world of maxi yachts, the design of the Swan 88 is based on an evolution of the brand’s previous popular boats, but with the addition of several innovative features never before seen on a Swan. The yacht is a beauty, with a distinctly feminine elegance to its lines while offering a superyacht experience on an efficient and easy-to-maintain platform.
As on any Swan, the heart of the yacht is the deck, which on the Swan 88 can be separated into four well-defined areas: the first three are in the cockpit/aft while the fourth is in the forward section. In the guest cockpit, Swan has introduced on the 88 a new and evolved sunroof design that takes inspiration from previous generations of maxi yachts, combining the practicality of an integrated sprayhood and bimini, with a very elegant line.
Swan 88 – Blanket
Modular cockpit benches can be arranged in different configurations, such as lounging and full dining arrangements. The maneuvering area, with the yacht’s winches and steering pedestals, is centrally located in this area, to leave room aft for an entirely new area where guests can lie back and relax, with access to the water as well as the large tender garage.
Forward of the mast is a fourth area that can be used for sunbathing or as a relaxation area, with a large sail locker and an anchor locker below deck.
Like all of the brand’s models, the Swan 88 is a pure-bred performance yacht; it is an uncompromising cruiser with a racer soul. The Swan 88’s appendages are optimized for cruising, with a standard moderate draft of 4 meters and options for shallow draft, telescoping, performance keels. Twin rudders offer multiple advantages, including a shallower draft and better balance while sailing.
“The new model is an evolution of the previous models, but for this one we did a complete study for balance, performance, equipment position, and sail shape,” says Germán Frers. “According to the results of these studies, we designed the hull.”
A true bluewater, the Swan 88 is designed to offer smooth and comfortable sailing even in the most difficult conditions, with an optimized heeling angle of no more than 20 degrees. Easy to manage, at the same time it offers broad appeal in the charter market and maintains a high resale value.
The Swan 88’s sail plan takes advantage of the brand’s extensive experience from recent ocean racing, combining efficiency with simplicity and ease of sailing management. The position of the mast foot in the center of the yacht provides a good balance between the bow triangle and the mainsail, with the possibility of splitting the triangle into four different configurations- gennaker, zero tails, jib and staysail-thanks to the long “J” measurement. The staysail can be fitted with a self-tacking carriage, and the mast and boom are constructed of carbon as standard.
Swan 88 design: architect German Frers
“The New Model is an evolution of the previous models, but for this one we did a complete study for balance, performance, rig position, and sail shape,” says Germán Frers. “According to the results of these studies, we designed the hull.”
|LOA:||28.27 m (92.75 ft)|
|LWL:||24.99 m (81.99 ft)|
|Beam max:||6.72 m (22.05 ft)|
|Draught:||4 m (13.12 ft)|
|Displacement:||54,100 kg (119,270 lbs)|
|Ballast:||15,050 kg (33,180 lbs)|
|Fuel:||2,800 l (740 USg)|
|Water:||1,500 l (400 USg)|
|Naval Architect:||German Frers|
|Main sail:||235.51 m² (2,535 sq.ft)|
|Jib Orc:||201.88 m² (2,173 sq.ft)|
|Gennaker:||690.00 m² (7,427 sq.ft)|