The legendary Swan 36 was introduced in 1966 to immediate acclaim - especially after its significant victories in many international regattas. In total, 90 Swan 36s were built between 1967 and 1971. The yacht was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and featured a traditional layout with a double cabin forward, additional berths in the saloon and aft of the navigation table. The galley was fully equipped with ample room for stowage beneath the cockpit.
The Swan 43 was a bigger version of the original Swan 36. Another Sparkman & Stephens design, this model ran from 1969 to 1973, with 67 hulls built. This classic Swan featured a 25hp engine, Volvo or Perkins, and a sail area of nearly 100 m2, plus a 150 m2 spinnaker. The interior was fitted with a forward cabin, two berths in the saloon and a further two berths aft.
In 1970, the Swan 40 took the place of the previous Swan 36. This model was provided in two configurations: a short rig, with wheel steering and a taller, high performance rig, with tiller steering. In total, 51 hulls were built from 1970 to 1972. The layout was similar to its predecessors, with a forward cabin, a comfortable saloon and a berth aft of the navigation table. Power was provided by a Volvo 25hp engine. The sail area was up to 84 m2 with a 130 m2 spinnaker.
Another classic, the Swan 37 was built between 1970 and 1974. At one stage this yacht was marketed in the United States by Palmer Johnson, who called it the Palmer Johnson 37. Some models featured wheel steering, others mounted double spreader rigs. The Swan 37 Tikka was one of the first winners of the legendary Middle Sea Race that starts and finishes in Malta. In total, 57 Swan 37s were built.
The Swan 55 marked Nautor's entry into the market of large yachts, an exceptional production yacht for its time. Full headroom throughout, three separate cabins and two heads made this model an instant success. Five units were sold before the first was even delivered. Six yawls were built, and 10 sloops, in four years. Tauranga raced the 27,000 miles of the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 185 days and finished 10th overall. This Swan 55 is still racing in classic events today.
The Swan 48 was the first Swan to feature the blister-shaped coachroof that was to become one of the hallmarks of the brand for many years. It was designed by Sparkman & Stephens to compete under IOR rules, without sacrificing comfort and interior space, it featured two large cabins and two comfortable heads. In total, 46 models were built between 1971 and 1975. The Swan 48 Noryema won the Bermuda Race immediately after it was delivered from the yard.
Yet another legendary yacht, the Swan 44 designed by Sparkman & Stephens was one of the great cruiser racers of its time. Two sail plans were offered, one for heavy air and one for light air, depending on the preferred cruising grounds. The interior was very spacious, with the owner's cabin aft having direct access to the head. After the Swan 48, the Swan 44 further developed the blister shaped Swan coach roof. In total, 76 yachts were built between 1972 and 1975.
Designed as a smaller sister to the successful Swan 44, the Swan 41 was introduced in 1973 and designed to IOR and Admiral Cup rules. This was another hit on both the racing circuit and for family cruising. A testimony to the yacht's performance and reliability was the 9th place in its class won by Carina in the 1976 singlehanded Ostar Race. Below, the layout was similar to the Swan 44, with the owner's cabin aft and the chart table and galley immediately under the companionway. In total, 61 hulls were built between 1973 and 1977.