This new 57-footer from Nautor began life as a German Frers 55-footer. I think it is pretty clear, looking at the drawings, that the stern was pulled out. Still, the elegance is there, and the sheer has not suffered with the extended stern. Oftentimes the entire balance of the sheerline is thrown off when the stern is extended. We would have to look long and hard to find an ugly Swan, but the new Swan 57RS does break from the accepted Swan wedge-type deck.

A photo of the Swan 57RS saiboat.

The Swan 57 RS.


Why is the wedge deck gone? By using a standard cabintrunk, the designers can raise the cabin sole to get more volume below. It is clear that our expectations for headroom have increased over the last few years, as have our expectations for accommodations. The 57RS comes with two interior options. The first is a forward arrangement, with two mirror-image guest staterooms with upper and lower berths, and a small crew's quarters forward of the heads, with access from the forecastle to the starboard head. The second is a three-stateroom model, with a more luxurious V-berth-double guest stateroom forward. Aft you have the option of a centerline double or an offset double.

The saloon features a big dinette to port and the option of a short settee and navigational station to starboard or a greatly expanded navigational station. Both accommodation plans are quite comfortable. Note that both saloon plans are restricted by the perimeter of the raised pilothouse. It's ironic that this visual and actual increase in topside bulk results in a reduction of useable interior space. The saloon layout cannot extend athwartships beyond the perimeter of the pilothouse. This gives us large — and quite difficult-to-use — stowage spaces under the side decks in the way of the pilothouse. Swan has put deck access lockers adjacent to the pilothouse to make this space more efficient.

The rig is a triple in-line spreader masthead sloop with spin pole stowed on the mast. A quick look at the deck plan will show that there was no place to put the pole on the deck without creating a real obstacle. For most cruisers, a mast-stowed pole is very convenient. There are two intermediate forward stays in addition to running backstays. This indicates a rather light spar section that will enhance stability but require some fussing by the crew to keep the stick in column. The SA/D ratio is a very conservative 14.25 if we use the loaded figure for displacement.

The hull form shows conventional overhangs that give the 57RS a very yacht-like look. The D/L ratio, if we use the loaded figure, is 298. I think we should keep in mind that these ratios are derived using a realistic "loaded" displacement figure and not the drawing board displacement guess that we usually work with. The stubby look to the rudder appears to be an effort to keep its draft less than the keel draft.

A really sleek new Swan that breaks from the typical wedge-type deck.

Boat Specifications

Displacement59,000 lbs.
Ballast19,900 lbs.
Sail Area1,350 sq. ft.
SA/D ratio14.25
D/L ratio298
Auxiliary125-horsepower Perkins diesel
Fuel264 gals.
Water264 gals.


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