New Boats: ClubSwan 50, Gemini Freestyle 37 & Hanse 675

Author:
Updated:
Original:
ClubSwan 50

ClubSwan 50

Nautor’s Swan turned to Argentine wunderkind Juan Kouyoumdjian for its latest one-design racer, and the result is a spectacular-looking boat. The ClubSwan 50 is right on the bleeding edge of design; the axe bow with its jutting carbon fiber prod combine with the low freeboard and reverse sheer to give it a take-no-prisoners look, while the generously flared stern sections, long hull chines and twin rudders promise high-speed planing under perfect control.

There’ll be plenty to do for a full racing crew on this all-carbon fiber beauty, dealing with the masthead A-sail, square-top mainsail, running backstays and big racing headsails. But wait—the boat can also be handled by a couple; the runners tuck out of the way for cruising, there is a furling genoa, and the winches at the helm are electric. Better still, the interior can be configured either for racing, with a forepeak full of sails, or for comfortable coastal cruising as well.

An owner’s group has already been set up to promote the new class, which will be featured in Swan regattas around the world. The ClubSwan 50 features the same design overtones as the smaller boats in the range, with some original aesthetic and functional touches

Gemini Freestyle 37

Gemini Freestyle 37

Hull #1 of the new flagship from Hanse Yachts, the Hanse 675, was launched this spring. The Judel/Vrolijk design is the largest production boat to be built in Germany. Interior design is thoroughly contemporary, with a vast saloon, basketball-player headroom and several layout options that make the most of the considerable volume. A double-headsail rig and big full-battened mainsail guarantee good performance. An optional hardtop shelters the cockpit, which features no fewer than three 21in screens for navigation or watching movies.

It’s not often you get to see a new concept make its debut, but that’s what happened at the Miami Strictly Sail show when the new Gemini Freestyle 37 was unveiled. A kind of hybrid between an open bridgedeck sailing cat and a pontoon boat, the Freestyle 37 sacrifices belowdeck accommodations for a large open-plan cockpit. This is a blank sheet upon which owners can sketch out their own desires—kit it out with some lawn furniture of your choosing, add a grill and a cooler, and you are good to go.

Hanse 675

Hanse 675

The boat on display had a queen-sized berth in a small cabin in one hull and a heads/shower in the other, but it’s not the kind of boat you’d want to cruise long distances. The consensus among the bystanders admiring this new creation was that it would be an ideal boat for daysailing around the Florida Keys or the Bahamas—and going by the interest shown by resort owners, the bystanders were bang on the money. All that deck space is a winner, and by all accounts the boat sails well, too.

CONTACTS

Nautor’s Swan nautorswan.com

Gemini Catamarans geminicatamarans.com

Hanse Yachts hanseyachts.com

Photos courtesy of Swan, Gemini, Hanse

June 2016

Related

02-'17-Trans-Atlantic_Downwind-Schralpin

At The Helm: Man Overboard!

Imagine this simple scenario: the boat’s powered up, sailing close-hauled in a building breeze under full sail. I come on deck as the skipper during the watch change to make sure the new crew is comfortable and the boat is properly set up for both the current conditions and ...read more

Promo-01-LEAD-MGR00321

Contrasting X-Yachts & Moody Cruisers

One of the most fascinating things about sailboats is the different ways that sailors, naval architects and builders will approach a single design problem. The result has been a bewildering array of rigs and hull forms over the years, and in the case of the two boats we’ll be ...read more

04-Yacht-anchored-in-front-of-one-of-Lastovo's-gunboat-tunnels-(3)

Cruising Charter to Croatia

As is the case with so much of the Mediterranean, to sail in Croatia is to take a journey through time. Centuries before the birth of Christ, Greeks traded amphoras of oil, wine and grain across these waters. During the first millennium, the Romans built lavish palaces and ...read more

m123728_13_01_171012_PMA_02901_9999

Alicante Announced as an Ocean Race Europe Stop

The Ocean Race Europe, a new event in offshore sailing, will include Alicante as one of four stopover cities. This European offshoot of the former Volvo Ocean Race will include the biggest change to the racing rules under the new title—fully crewed IMOCA 60s will join the ...read more

01-LEAD-doublehanded2

Preparing for a Doublehanded Race

A few months ago we took a look at the development and attraction of doublehanded racing (Two to Tango, June/July 2020). Hopefully, that served to whet your appetite. If so, the question becomes: “How do I get started? The good news, as we explained in Part 1, is that if you are ...read more

01-LEAD-Day-three---dolphins.-300-dpi

A Key Approach to Passagemaking

How you approach offshore sailing is key to the success of each passage. In addition, some of the most valuable, even crucial attitudes and skills may not be either learned or valued in everyday life on shore and may even fly in the face of talents that are greatly admired and ...read more

OceanVoyagesInstitute-2048

Point of SAIL: Mary Crowley of the Ocean Voyages Institute

In this episode of Point of SAIL, Principal Editor Adam Cort talks with Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of the Ocean Voyages Institute, a not-for-profit based in California that has been both educating sailors and working to preserve the health of the world’s ocean ...read more

01-Ocean-Voyages-Institute_PHOTO-READY_1_pg

Tracking and Catching Plastic Waste

Plastic waste—in the form of everything from plastic soda bottles to abandoned fishing nets—constitutes a major threat to the health of the world’s oceans. Giving the immense size of an ocean, though, actually finding all the plastic floating around out there in a time-efficient ...read more