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.
Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers
The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more