7 May 2014
Nautor Swan 105 RS launch looms
Construction progresses apace for the Nautor Swan 105 RS, ahead of its summer 2014 delivery. The build process began in early 2012 it is the first Swan 105 project that allowed the technical office to prep solutions before producing the component or system.
'This is a special project for the Nautor team, as it combines the aspects of a pure Swan, as designed by naval architect German Frers, with an innovative interior and overall concept by Beiderbeck Design', said a Nautor statement.
'Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering followed all aspects of the hull design and performance. Inspired by his long standing relationship with the German firm, the owner asked Beiderbeck Design to turn his ideas into innovative interiors with a new layout concept. This particular Swan 105 RS began as a semi-custom performance cruiser with a spacious deckhouse and a generous sheltered cockpit with a permanent fixed bimini, and all the key elements of the standard Swan 105.'
The hull lamination process started in October 2012 and the hull was released from the female tool after a curing process in the first week of January 2013. Nautor is utilising epoxy prepreg-SPRINT sandwich materials for GL-classed and MCA approved hull, which is a significant accomplishment for a structure of this size.
After the hull was released from the mould, the team worked on the components inside the yacht. The hull, ready for painting, was then moved to the Boatbuilding Technology Centre (BTC) in Jakobstad in early February 2013.
Meanwhile, at Nautor's interior woodshop in Kronoby, the team had already started with the interior components. The main components for the cabins were all pre-assembled and the details were completed to include wood trims for the headliners and also trims for the floorboards. The cabins were delivered to BTC between August and December 2013.
Once the hull was prepared and the show coat applied, the team started working on the 'infrastructure' process: the installations of the bilges - including tanks, hydraulics, electrical cabling, and engine room preparations. This period started early summer 2013 and was completed by the end of September.
After testing parts of the systems-installations, work on the interior began. The non-structural bulkheads were installed and from there, the team moved on to the more critical parts, such as hanging lockers, beds, chart tables... In December 2013, all the larger components were installed and the deck was ready to be mounted.
"This Swan 105 is intended to be very comfortable and we called an external consultant to work together with our own designers from the very beginning, with the aim of building a very quiet yacht with minimal noise disturbance", said Kristian Kjellmann, project manager of the Swan 105.
"We used data from past projects and combined this with the most innovative materials and today’s expertise to reduce the noise levels, especially in the owner’s and guest areas. The deck is built using the same methods as the hull - epoxy prepreg-sprint with sandwich. It consists of main deck, cockpit, crew cockpit and a fixed bimini with main sheeting point integrated in the bimini structure."
Nautor is now completing the installation of the salon furniture, together with the deckhouse windows, the bimini and the cockpit furniture.
In the coming month dry testing will begin, before she is launched and delivered in time for sailing this summer.
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