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Swan 38/027

Swan 38 Hull #027 Ainsleigh - year : 1974 - hull colour :blue

Swan 38 - The definitive Cruiser Racer!

DESIGNER Sparkman & Stephens

BUILDER Nautor Swan No 27 / 116

DATE 1974 LOA 38 ft 3 in / 11.66 m

LWL 28 ft 8 in / 8.75 m BEAM 11 ft 6 in / 3.52 m

DISPLACEMENT 9.15 Tons / 8,300 Kg DRAFT 6 ft 6 in / 2 m


ENGINE Sole Mini 29 (20 kW) Diesel (New 2016)

Price EUR 75k

The definitive Cruiser Racer!

Classic boat, very fast and very comfortable in the waves.

"The Swan 38, in my opinion, is the best cruiser/racer ever. She may not be as fast downwind in smooth water as a some other boats of her size. She may not be as roomy as most more modern 38 footers. She won't plane on a reach at 15 knots in a 12 knot breeze like some of today's ultra-lightweight scaled-up dinghies. She is, however, one of a very few great sailing boats that can win races, cross oceans, go weekend family cruising or shorthanded passage making and can be absolutely relied on to make ground to windward in gale force wind and heavy seas when your life depends on it. As a bonus, she is strongly built and finished to immaculate standards by Nautor of Finland, a marque which, for yachtsmen of my age, carries the same exclusive cachet and promise of quality, as the Rolls-Royce brand once did for motorists." -- 1001boats

"Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, she was built in 1974 by Nautor of Finland to exceptionally high standards. For example, the keel was state of the art when it was first conceived and gives the 38 both significant lift when sailing to weather and excellent performance windward - regularly tacking at under 90° and sailing upwind in 40+ knots. The Swan 38 is a surprisingly comfortable boat. Adequately ballasted, with elliptical hull sections forward, she will surge in heavy seas instead of crashing - a feature much appreciated by the off-watch crew trying to get some sleep." -- Another Swan38 Owner

We have sailed her on the Atlantic, the North Sea, but mainly in the Baltic Sea. The Swan 38 is eminently suited to long distance cruising – up to 170Nm a day is possible.

Ainsleigh has recently been upgraded in some areas like a new Engine, shaft and prop. A new VHF installation, new batteries, toilet, fridge and much more. However, the teak deck need to be removed/replaced and sealed and the interiour would benefit of some revarnishment if you want. Also some electronic devices were upgraded but not all, e.g. the log is not functioning. She also needs a new antifouling sooner than later.

All in all, she is ready to go but there are some things that you might want to repair/replace.
The asked price reflects this. The pictures are partially not recent; however, there were no

There exists a great community around these all time classics:

Have a look at the review of a very similar boat:

- VHF Link-8
- Chartplotter Garmin
- Radar Garmin
- Navtex Receiver NASA
- New ropes
- Antifouling

- New Engine Sole Mini 29
- New Exhaust System
- New Shaft and 3-blade Flexofold folding propeller
- New Jabsco Toilet and hoses
- New Philippi Diode Separator (for improved charging)
- Most lights replaces with LED
- partial antifouling repaint

- New stainless steel diesel tank

- New Refridgerator
- New Origo 3000 cooker
- New VHF antenna and wires
- New Engine Battery Vetus AGM 110Ah
- New Batteries 2x Vetus AGM 120 Ah
- New Dolphin Battery Charger
- New Steaming Light
- partial antifouling repaint

- VHF: Link-8 AIS Receiver (2013)
- Radar: Garmin (2013)
- Navtex Receiver (2013)
- Refrigerator (2019)
- Origo 3000 stove (2019)

- Sole Mini 29 (20kW) Diesel Engine (2016)
- Flexofold 3-blade folding propeller (2016)
- Vetus AGM Batteries (2019)
- Dolphin Battery Charger (2019)

- Harken Roller-Reefing
- separate mast track for Try sail (important for blue water sailing)
- second inner forestay (important for blue water sailing)
- hydraulic backstay tensioner
- Mainsail (2011)
- Mainsail (old)
- Try sail
- Genoa 2 roller reefing (2004)
- Genoa 3 roller reefing (old, needs small repair)
- Storm Jib (old)
- 3x Spinnaker (old, different weights)
- spinnaker sock
- Blooper (old) (you might have to google that :) )

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