The announcement of a new boat from Nautor’s Swan is always a red letter day in the big-boat world, and designer German Frers Jr. was typically upbeat about the yard’s latest creation at an informal pre-launch party at the New York Yacht Club. Mr. Frers is no back-seat designer—he’s put in lots of hard miles aboard his designs and says this latest boat gives him the opportunity to put flesh on his latest ideas about big-boat construction and engineering. The 105 builds on concepts developed in the 100, 112 and 130. In Swan tradition, the cockpit is divided into relaxing and working areas; a large hydraulically operated integral bimini provides shade. Accommodations are vast, with a full-width owner’s cabin forward and a number of options for guest and crew quarters. A T-keel, twin rudders and a sophisticated hydraulics package will help keep the massive sailplan under control.
Getting More Use From Kedge Anchors
If you are cruising, you need at least two anchors on board for the simple reason that you must have a backup. Imagine having to slip your anchor on a stormy night with other boats dragging down on yours, or having your rope rode severed by some unseen underwater obstacle, ...read more