Iconic S&S Swan 65, a true ocean greyhound with capabilities far beyond most modern yachts, FORCE 9 is known as one of the most elegant classic S&S Swan yachts of all the time.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
On 1st June 1973, at 79 Madison Avenue in New York, Sparkman and Stephens finish the design nr. 2110. Under this design the most well-known high quality yard soon start the production of what will be then better known as the Nautor’s Swan 65. This is the beginning of a myth.
Arguably one of the most iconic and instantly recognisable yachts of all time, the evergreen classic Swan 65, designed by S&S as one of their most successful Swan designs and built as only Nautor in Finland can, FORCE 9 offers sparkling sailing together with build quality that is never to be repeated. Perfect for serious cruising, these yachts also shine in the Regatta circuit and are rare to the brokerage market.
FORCE 9 was launched in 1974 and she took part at the 1977 Whitbread ADC ACCUTRAC skippered from Mrs. Clare Francis the first female skipper to compete in the race, finished fifth in her Swan 65 ADC Accutrac (Time 126 days 20 hours).
She is hull number 9 of the series which began in 1973 and ended in 1989 with 41 hulls launched. She is fitted with a ketch rig.
Timeless design still much sought after as the vessel that three times made its mark in the Whitbread Round the World (now Volvo Ocean).
Swan 65 named Sayula II won the first-ever Whitbread Round the World Race in 1974. Another Swan 65, King’s Legend took second place in the 1978 running of the Whitbread Round the World Race, finishing behind an aluminium boat named Flyer. That same year, the race’s first female captain finished fifth in a Swan 65 named ADC Accutrac. Quite a pedigree!
In hull form and general character, the Swan 65 clearly typifies a successful development under the IOR. She has proven to be an excellent cruising boat and it appears that the success of the class is based on the preference of the cruising owner rather than the racing owner.
Although the very happy result of the Round the World Race is convincing the evidence that the boat is not slow, two major factors in Sayula’s Round the World win were her strength and her controllability.
The major thrust of our design effort was to use the already successful Dora (e.d. design 2089 won the 1979 Fastnet Race) as a starting point for a slightly larger design and to modify that design in terms of displacement and structure so as to adopt it to fiberglass construction in such a way as to provide an extremely strong hull. Clearly these objectives were met and if the racing success of the 65 has been less than that of Dora, I think it is largely because of the conservative rig which is better adapted to cruising than to racing.
Most of the 65’s carry the standard ketch rig. The several that have been built with a single masted rig have not been engaged in very much competition.
Her interior seems both practical and attractive. She has good headroom throughout and the owner’s stateroom is generously roomy, the two guest staterooms are also roomy, and the forepeak can be used by one or two paid hands or guests. The location of the galley aft and the chart table adjacent to the companionway seems to have worked out well. Cockpit space is generous and the deck over all is both comfortable and practical. The Volvo auxiliary, an MD32, provides excellent performance under power.
While there may be some feeling that the divided keel and skeg arrangement is undesirable for cruising, I personally do not accept this criticism, feeling rather that when the skeg and rudder are adequate size and the other characteristics of the boat are in balance, one can get excellent control with a relatively shirt keel. In turn, the short keel which minimizes wetted surface permits good performance in light as well heavy weather with a small rig, which is ideal from the cruising man’s point of view. This seems to me the right way to design a modern auxiliary, whether intended primarily for cruising or for racing.
OLIN J. STEPHENS II
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
GRP laminate hull construction
The hull is built of single skin construction. A high proportion of the fibres are unidirectional, giving a stiff laminate with excellent strength and fatigue properties.
White gelcoat hull finish
Hull checked for moisture
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
GRP deck and superstructure construction
Teak decking to side decks, cockpit and coachroof top
Keel & Rudder:
Aft-swept fin keel and full skeg-hung rudder
The fin keel with keel ballast is cast lead alloyed with antimony.
Cast-in keel bolts are of high-tensile stainless steel.
Rudder - Foam-filled fibre glass constructed with a high tensile tubular stainless steel stock
Engine & gearbox:
Volvo Penta TAMD41P-A, 6-cylinder, direct injected, turbo charged diesel engine producing 200hp - 2010
Engine control via single lever control
Freshwater cooling with heat exchanger and raw water intake and strainer.
Service & Maintenance:
Engine hours – approx. 1200 as of Summer 2019
Date of last engine service – Summer 2019
Propulsion & Steering:
Shaft drive with stainless steel shaft driving supported by p-bracket
Nautor helm pedestal with cable steering controlled by hide covered stainless steel wheel
Steering cables replaced
24v DC service battery circuits.
12v DC engine and generator start circuit
DC & AC panel at navigation area with battery monitor system.
220vAC supplied by shore-power or generator
8 x 12v 350 Ah batteries joined in parallel
2 x 12v 100 Ah batteries joined in parallel
2 x 12v 100 Ah engine start batteries
1 x 12v 100Ah generator start battery
2x 24vDC Mastervolt battery charger – 2018
1x 12vDC Mastervolt battery charger - 2018
Westerbecke 5.7 BTD 5,7kw generator
Kert 5 kw - 2018
12 V 35 Amp for the engine start batteries
24 V for the services batteries
220v AC shore-power supply
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
Pressurised hot & cold water system using 24v DC pressure pump assisted by pressure accumulator
Water heated engine driven calorifier with 220v AC immersion element in well-insulated 60 litres hot water tank.
Hot & cold pressurised water supplies to galley and heads.
Idromar 120 lt/h watermaker
Electric bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
Electric shower drain pumps
1000 litres fuel capacity in two stainless steel tanks
1500 litres fresh water capacity in four stainless steel tanks
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
Raymarine GPS charplotter
Raymarine autopilot control
Raymarine LOG, depth and eco.
Danforth Constellation steering compass
At Chart Table:
Seiwa colour GPS chart plotter - 2001
Clock & barometer
1x VHF with AIS in the cockpit
1x VHF at the chart table
Alpes Inox 4-burner stainless steel gimballed gas stove with oven
Iceberg refrigeration & freezer system – engine and 220v driven
2x Stainless steel sinks with hot & cold water supply.
Manual fresh and salt water supplies
Orvea manual marine heads
Hot & cold pressurised showers
Halogen interior lighting with extra reading lights over berths.
LCD TV in saloon
Summary of Accommodation:
9 berths in 4 cabins plus saloon.
3 heads compartments.
Burma teak interior joinery made up of faced marine plywood with solid teak where appropriate
Teak battening to exposed hull sides.
White vinyl headlinings with teak trim
Upholstery in cloth
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
Forward Crew Cabin
V-berth with fold-up pipecots and storage bins beneath. Access to deck through deckhead hatch.
Port guest cabin with upper and lower berths, lockers and drawers.
Starboard guest cabin with double berth may also be pulled out larger size, lockers and drawers.
Heads aft of forward cabin with sink and lockers and heads and shower.
Amiships. U-shaped settee to port-side with upper pilot berth bunk with folding leaf dining table. Cupboards, lockers and shelving outboard. Settee opposite to starboard side with TV
Aft of saloon to port U shape galley. Twin stainless steel sinks. Gimballed stove and refrigeration. Stowage in lockers and cupboards and dishwasher.
Located at the aft end of the saloon to starboard. Forward facing chart table with seat and full sized chart table. Lockers and drawers for stowage of charts and equipment. Space for navigation instruments. AC & DC panel.
Manual marine heads. Wash basin and a shower pan with teak grating. Sink equipped with hot and warm water with manual and pressure water as well as a hand-held shower spray nozzle.
The aft cabin/master aft stateroom has a double berth to port and a single berth to starboard. Settee between bunks. Hanging lockers and further stowage in drawers and cupboards.
Ketch keel stepped aluminium anodised masts
Masthead rig with 2-sets of inline spreaders
Mizzen with 1-set of inline sreader
Stainless steel standing rigging – replaced 2018
Navtec hydraulic adjuster for backstay, outhaul and vang
Mizzen manual vang
Aluminium rigging screw protectors
Reckman manual genoa furler
Removable inner forestay for staysail
Genoa and staysail tracks
Spinnaker track on mast
I 22.83m, J 7.38m, P 20.64m, E 5.58m
Fore triangle 84.2sqm, main 57.6sqm, genoa 150% 126.3sqm, Spinnaker 303sqm.
Mizzen 25.3sqm, Mizzen staysail 66.4sqm
Lewmar chromed brass winches including:
2 x 48.2 self-tailing
2 x 45.2 self-tailing
2 x 40.2 self-tailing
2 x 43.2 self-tailing
1 x 16
Barient electric winches
2 x 737
1 x 32
Full battened mainsail
Square top full batten mizzen mainsail
2 x furling Genoa
2 x Gennaker
Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guardrail stanchions with side exits.
Dorade vents with stainless steel dorade pulpits
Anchoring & Mooring:
Lofrans Falcon 24v 1500w electric anchor windlass
Mooring warps and fenders
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
Tender and outboard engine:
Honda 10HP outboard engine
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
Lying - Sardinia, Italy
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Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
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