We take special attention on our vessels, keeping a regular exhaustive maintenance made by professionals to make sure that they are in condition to go out in the sea and that they won't give us any surprises while you are on a course.
The Swan 411 is an absolute classic, beautifully designed by Sparkman & Stephens and strongly built by Nautor's Swan between 1977 and 1979. Only 42 hulls were built during this period and we happen to be lucky enough to own one of them: the Blue Swan (1977, hull #14), your host in our sailing expeditions.
This iconic Sparkman & Stephens classic was brought from Trieste, Italy in August 2019. During the passage we lost the boom and mail sail in the south of Sardinia during a storm. We manage to arrive to Vilamoura, Algarve 2 weeks later.
After our arrival Blue Swan went to the hard to start a 9 months refit that included: new boom, new main sail, new rigging, deck reconditioning, hull maintenance (osmosis treatment), shaft bearing, zincs, new batteries, new diesel filter, servicing water filter, new water pump, servicing bilge pumps.
Today, Sparkman&Stephens designed Swans are universally acknowledged to be the finest ocean- going production sailing yachts ever built.The Sparkman&Stephens Swan legend was created in less than a decade. A remarkable achievement in the highly competitive world of yachting.
Sail a Sparkman&Stephens designed Swan and you experience a unique combination of the elegance and power created by superb engineering and the craftsman’s skill. A pride reflected in a marriage of technology and tradition, and in Nautor’s uncompromised dedication towards creating the ultimate statement of the yachtbuilder’s art.
Our Blue Swan is equipped with the following sails, all with proper maintenance and daily care:
- Main sail Hyde sail Tri-radial CHALLEGE WARP-DRIVE 9.11 year 2020
- Genoa 150% North Sails year 2010
- Gen1 North Sails 2014
- Gen 2 North Sails 2012
- Jib 1 North Sails 2008
-Jib 2 - Reckmann
- Gennaker year 2012
Blue Swan, being flagged in Belgium carries industry standard safety and medical equipment from lifejackets, types of storm sails, med kit, fire fighting equipment, etc. We follow the guidelines Cat2 coding by MCA:
– 8 Life jacks SEATEC / X-PRO 180
– 2 life buoy
– MOB device / rescue line
– Liferaft by SEAGO / ISO 9650-2 with HRU SOLAS app
– 2 fire extinguishers dry chemical 1 and 2 Kg
– 1 fire blanket
– Smoke alarm
– CO2 alarm
– AIS Digital Yacht Nomad
– Ipad Pro 12.9 with Navionics & ISailor anv systems / AIS transponder
– Ploter Raymarine 435 / Backup nav system
– VHF DSC Simrad
– Hand held VHF Cobra
- Hande held compass Plastimo
– Radar reflector
– 4 hand flares
– 2 orange smokes
– 4 parachutes
– 406 MHz EPIRB
– 3 magnetic compass / compass deviation card
– Nautical publications: charts from the area, pilot books and almanac - includes Almanac, Pilot books and charts
– Dividers and Breton plotter
– 2 Searchlight
– 1 CQR 18Kg main anchor / Brittany 12Ks kedge
– Safety harnesses and straps
– First aid kit Class2
- Gas remote switch Truma
Easy to launch, yet spacious rib, perfect for educational purposes. The legendary RIB636 was created with focus on sea keeping abilities and swift handling. The new RIB646 has kept those caracteristics, but added a whole lot of space! With more than 1,5m internal beam there is space for the whole family and with the huge 170 litre fuel tank you can keep it going the whole weekend without worries.
We offer a variety of IYT certifications (International Yatch Training) and other course combination options for both sail and powerboats. What about spending one week out on the water learning the skills you need to start bareboat cruising on your own?
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