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S&S Swan General - Can a masterpiece be radically renewed?
14 December 2018 - 23:03
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Can a masterpiece be radically renewed?

https://www.yachtingworld.com/extraordinary-boats/the-icon-updated-meet-the-1970s-swan-48-given-a-radical-new-look-2-116893

14 December 2018 - 23:30
#2
Join Date: 29 January 2007
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...no...

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

15 December 2018 - 13:58
#3
Join Date: 12 January 2011
Posts: 1

No

16 December 2018 - 16:05
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Join Date: 16 December 2013
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Sad to see.

 

PerS

16 December 2018 - 19:58
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Join Date: 27 January 2011
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More photos and an article in Dutch here:

http://www.legends-reborn.com/portfolio/swan-48/

I wonder if they kept the original woodwork - another Swan 48 owner may find one or the other piece useful. They also replaced most of the deck equipment. 

Christian

18 December 2018 - 16:00
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Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 704

...imagine you are an Art Collector, one day you buy a masterpiece by the greatest artist ever, and then you decide it was not as perfect as it was supposed to be, so you get rid of the painted surface abrading every single millimiter, but keep the "base", the panel where the great Artist painted his masterpiece, and draw a brand new one...

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa*)

*she is not going to be "reviewed", I know who designed and built her did the perfect job!

 

 

18 December 2018 - 18:24
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Join Date: 05 August 2010
Posts: 117

Dear Matteo, I like your comparison ...

I sail a 48. And as many of you know, I deeply love our boat. I often refer to her as the most beautiful model Swan has ever built, and I think that a reference to the Golden Ratio in art would not be far off (as da Vinci has already been "quoted" in this thread).

Now, just imagine for a moment someone had had the idea of taking S&S design #2079 to build a new boat, with the sole intention of making these incredibly beautiful lines as visible as possible. I believe most of us could approve of such an approach. Let us call this boat the Golden Line model, in reference to da Vinci. The boat would have a clear and uncluttered deck and a single spacious room below. The owner could then rightfully present the boat as the perfect example of a construction that did not compromise on aesthetics.
And if you ever wanted a boat with these perfect lines and yet fully equipped to live in and to sail, you'd be looking for a Swan 48.

Unfortunately, the Golden Line model in this case was not constructed as a new boat, and that is the aspect I don't approve of. As much as I find the idea intriguing to accentuate the lines of design #2079, I find the idea of a deliberate loss of an original 48 hard to bear. After all, that is one boat that cannot be brought back.

And tomorrow I will go to check on 48/039 (unreviewed but loved).

Martin

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