by Pete Green
Top new yachts from around the world
This year, we’ve been spoilt with a series of really exciting new sailing yacht launches for 2021 from manufacturers around the world. In today’s post, we check out three of the best new sailing yacht launches for 2021. And remember: If you are the lucky buyer of one of these new models, you can count on Halcyon Yachts to deliver your yacht safely and efficiently from the shipyard to your home marina. No fuss, no hassle.
Last month, Swedish yacht builder Hallberg-Rassy introduced their latest new model: The Hallberg-Rassy 400.
This new model is essentially a design evolution of an existing model in their range – the 40C. That model features a central cockpit with a single central helm station. The 400, on the other hand, offers an aft-cockpit layout with twin helm stations linked to twin rudders.
Forward of the two helm stations is a fairly traditional pair of bench seats on either side of a central, folding table, which can optionally be in teak. At the stern, the transom folds down to allow for easy access to the water.
In terms of accommodation, buyers have a choice of either one or two heads compartments and either two or three cabins. The company says that for the first time on one of their yachts, the owners’ cabin is located in the bow and features an en-suite toilet and a separate shower. In the saloon, you can specify options including a washing machine, a dishwasher, and an additional fridge and freezer. You can even have air conditioning and a watermaker for warmer, longer trips.
Sailing and handling
Hallberg-Rassy says that the 400 is supplied with a modern and easy to handle rig. And speaking of handling, the company offers buyers the option to have bow and stern thrusters fitted, to make movement in tight spaces that much easier.
For motoring, the 400 is built with a Volvo Penta D2-60 as standard, linked to a 400-litre diesel fuel tank.
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Nautor’s Swan 58
Finnish yacht builder Nautor’s Swan also revealed a new model in their lineup last month in July: The Swan 58.
According to Nautor’s Swan, the Swan 58 is designed to be ‘a no-compromise bluewater sailing yacht’. The company says that yachts in this category typically sacrifice performance and the pleasure of sailing in favour of safety and comfort, but it says, the Swan 58 bucks the trend and instead combines all of these in one package.
To get the right mix for the yacht, the company roped in famed naval architect German Frers to design the hull for the Swan 58. If by chance you’ve never heard of Mr Frers, he’s a bit of a legend in the yachting scene. He’s known for having designed a lot of successful racing yachts and has over 1,000 hulls to his studio’s name already. His focus when designing this new 58 is said to have been on developing a yacht that would be a legitimate and also beautiful bluewater cruiser that could be easily crewed by a couple, without any help from a large crew. But if racing is the order of the day, the yacht still has the ability to race with a full crew.
Nautor’s Swan says that the end result of all of this is that the yacht will be able to sail in comfort anywhere in the world, with enough space on board to live at a high standard for extended periods.
Starting at the stern, there’s a small tender garage with enough space for a smaller Williams jet tender.
Directly above the garage sit the yacht’s dual helm positions.
The cockpit features two L-shaped seats each served with its own table, for a total capacity of up to 10 guests. The tables can each be lowered and covered with infill cushions to create a large sun pad/sunbathing area.
Below deck, there’s a designer interior with a highly customisable layout. The owner’s suite is in the bow, and twin guest cabins aft with your choice of bed sizes in each cabin. There are three heads compartments, two of which have separate shower stalls.
As with any yacht from Nautor’s Swan, there is a huge amount of colour, finish and material options to choose from, so any buyer will be spoilt for choice.
If you happen to be one of those buyers, remember that Halcyon Yachts is your ideal delivery partner to get your yacht to its preferred berth.
For our final new model highlight, we’re checking out the new Oyster 495 sailing yacht built by Oyster yachts here in our neck of the woods.
The Oyster 495 is, according to the company, a ‘new breed of 50-foot bluewater sailing yacht’. It’s designed to offer a great combination of performance, comfort and style by combining modern styling, creative detailing and practical seagoing features not normally found in a yacht of this size.
Beginning at the stern, there are two helm stations. Behind them, there’s a fold-down swim platform with a separate swim ladder that hooks into place. Ahead of the helm stations, there are two large bench seats to either side of a central table with folding leaves. Under the table, Oyster has conveniently incorporated a fridge! Nice!
The standard layout offers a very large owner’s cabin aft, and a VIP cabin in the bow. Both cabins have their own heads compartment and each of those has a separate shower stall. The owner’s cabin has some additional seating and tall, vertical portholes for loads of natural light to come in.
Between the two cabins is a generous saloon with an L-shaped dinette on the starboard side, and L-shaped seating to port, served by a decent galley.
Sailing and handling
The Oyster 495 is powered by a Yanmar 4JH110 engine fed by an 800-litre fuel tank.
Under the water, the standard keel provides a draft of 2.28 metres, but the company offers an optional shoal keel which will reduce the draft to 1.83 metres.
The total sail area is 115.4 square metres if you opt for the in-mast furling system.
This year, we’ve been spoilt with a great range of new yacht announcements. In today’s post, we looked at three of the best new sailing yacht launches for 2021. First up, we looked at the new Halberg-Rassy 400, then the new Nautor’s Swan 58, and finally, we learnt about the new Oyster 495.
These are all fine yachts from reputable manufacturers. If you’re looking to buy any of these three yachts, then it’s safe to assume that company reputation and reliability is important to you. In that case, don’t risk delivering your stunning new yacht through an unknown, unreliable company. Halcyon Yachts is the UK’s premier yacht delivery company; we will ensure that your yacht is collected from the builder and delivered to its destination safely, efficiently and hassle-free. Contact Us for a quick and free quote to get your yacht to wherever it needs to be.