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1974 Nautor Swan 65

A$  867,010*
Sardinia, Italy
Interested in this boat? Tel: +44(0)1590 673715
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Iconic S&S Swan 65

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Sardinia, Italy
Hull Material:
Current Price:
EUR  520,000 Tax Paid (A$  867,010) 

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.




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.






RCD Status:

  • 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.


Hull Construction:

  • 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
  • 3-bladed Maxprop
  • Nautor helm pedestal with cable steering controlled by hide covered stainless steel wheel
  • Steering cables replaced




Voltage systems:

  • 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


Battery Banks:

  • 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


Other Electrical:

  • 220v AC shore-power supply




Fresh Water:

  • 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


Bilge Pumps:

  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Electric shower drain pumps





  • 1000 litres fuel capacity in two stainless steel tanks


Fresh Water:

  • 1500 litres fresh water capacity in four stainless steel tanks




In Cockpit:

  • 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


Communications Equipment:

  • 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
  • Microwave oven



  • 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.
  • Teak soleboards
  • 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.


Forward Cabins

  • 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. 


Forward Heads

  • 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.


Chart Table

  • 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.


Aft Heads

  • 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.


Aft Cabin

  • 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.
  • Swimming ladder
  • Cockpit shower
  • Dorade vents with stainless steel dorade pulpits


Anchoring & Mooring:

  • Lofrans Falcon 24v 1500w electric anchor windlass
  • Anchor
  • Mooring warps and fenders


Covers, Cushions & Canvas:

  • Mainsail cover
  • Mizzen cover


Tender and outboard engine:

  • Zodiac YL310R
  • 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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Saturday by prior appointment


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Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)

Tel: +39 333 74 89 281 Email:

Please contact Alex Grabau at +44(0)1590 673715

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