Today, almost forty years after the original one 48 designed by Sparkman & Stephens, it’s time for another mythical Swan 48, designed by one of the best yacht designer of all timea: Germán Frers. For our Studio, this is a prestigious collaboration with one of the world’s most renowned shipyards.
It was a source of great pride for the entire Cossutti Yacht Design team to be contacted in 2018 by the prestigious Nautor shipyard, which has been producing the Swans — perhaps the most famous boats in the world — for over 50 years.
The collaboration concerns the project for the new Swan 48. As per its long tradition, the architecture and design of the new model 48 are by the equally prestigious Frers studio. However, this is the first time in its history that Finnish shipyard has commissioned an external design studio, not only to handle the structural and engineering part, but also to lay the foundations for a new production system to rationalize and reduce construction costs, also in view of the significant production numbers, unusual for this shipyard.
For the Cossutti studio it was, therefore, a matter of finding the right mix between the quality and detail required for the typical “Swan product” and the methods applied in the projects developed for medium- and large-series production yards. The first choice was to introduce the infusion process for lamination of the hull, deck and bottom structure — performed off-site using a mold, another novelty for the site.
This is to be followed by the system for assembly of the various parts — the pre-assembled interior modules, with the three different moods proposed by interior designer Misa Poggi — and the relative production sequence, marking a clear-cut break with the yard’s traditions while still maintaining the high quality standards typical of Swan.
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