Down Below

The thoroughbred Swan-style passageway cabins found below are in contrast to the deck, helping create an interior that’s as safe, quiet, chic yet as inviting as you’re likely to find. Michele Bönan, an interior designer from Florence, did the styling, with plenty of traditional features such as leather covers and Venetian blinds, plus louvered cupboards and doors, all combined with sunny, un-claustrophobic colours. But it’s the use of teak that’s been stained and waxed to produce a superbly tactile finish that helps elevate this living area to a master class in the modern tradition.

The raised saloon stretching across the beam, is understated and refined, favouring practicality over an elaborate big boat trend for glamour, while the photographs of Swans throughout the eras that line the cabin bulkheads subtly stamp home her pedigree. The saloon and dining area comprises two sofas facing each other with tables that can raise, lower and extend. Navigational instruments are hidden behind hatches and the flatscreen electronically stows to maintain theme and style.

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The cabins are about as pleasant a place as one could wish to spend inside a yacht. Guest accommodation is in one double forward, and two twins aft, all with boutique-style en-suite heads. White lacquer doors, contrasting colour schemes and more striking racing pictures complete their simple yet smart themes. The stateroom aft soaks up the entire beam and caters to Ferragamo’s fondness for leather upholstery.

A crew mess adjoins the well-appointed passageway galley forward, with room enough for a couple to live in comfortably. The Corian worktops, leather latches and sandwich-built furniture are done to an exemplary standard. In short, the 90S boasts an interior that’s simply elegant, modern yet traditional, comfortable and seaworthy. Long may Swan continue to produce such quality. 

Going below decks reveals not only a precision fit-out, but a haven of peace and quiet under sail or engine. The insulation and sound-proofing are excellent. Despite essentially having carbon bulkheads and deck, even down below I could barely notice the 230-horsepower TDI VW engine – selected for its weight-saving benefits and quiet running – and that was despite making 11 knots at cruising revs.

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Nestling the engine room under that raised saloon sole, with inspection hatches in the floor, and a small entrance door from the galley, helps centralize weight and harness insulation. Cooling water and exhaust gases are discharged below the waterline. The bulkheads are covered with a noise barrier and separate skin panels, while the PVC-sandwich floorboards are supported on vibration-proof materials, and cabin doors close on rubber landings. Inside, the machinery room is immaculate, containing a watermaker with a capacity of 230 litres per hour, and two 20kW Northern Lights gensets. With around eight kilometres of cable traditionally needed for a yacht of this size, Nautor also chose a CANBus system to save around 30 percent of weight in wiring. It’s all part of that attention to detail that has given Nautor’s Swan the reputation for quality it deserves.

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