a modern classic
In 2006 the owners of a Swan 77 named Varsovie made the trip to Pietarsaari, Finland, home of Nautor’s Swan Yachts, to place an order for a new Swan 80. One had just been finished and was sitting on the hard outside the factory doors. After the voluminous feeling of the Swan 77, the new 80 seemed small and the owners decided to forgo a new build and keep their beautiful Swan 77. Just as they were about to head for the airport to return home they decided to take a quick look at the Swan 100 that had just been launched. They were convinced that the 100 was simply too big but one look at the boat and they fell in love. By the end of the day a contract for a Swan 100 had been signed and a new Varsovie had been conceived.
The owners hired Patrick Adams to be their representative on the build. Patrick brought a lifetime of sailing experience to the project, having completed a circumnavigation by the age of 13 followed by a continuous career in sailing. The concept for Varsovie was to build a yacht was easy to sail, competitive to race, socially inviting, and creating a redundancy of critical components while bucking the trend to over-complicated systems.
To this end, the roller furling mainsail was eliminated from the plans in favor of a standard Park Avenue boom with slab reefing. This allowed for a better-cut, full roach mainsail while eliminating tons of extra moving parts, control panels, electrical systems, captive winches, and potential mainsail problems. The coach-roof for the main salon was raised 13 centimeters to give both a brighter, lighter main salon and a much more workable engine room with increased headroom. The main cockpit was completely redesigned to create a warm, encompassing seating and dining area on deck. Her main engine was changed from the standard Perkins Sabre to a more efficient Cummins QSB5.9. The forward-facing navigation station was placed near the main hatch for proper ocean-going practicality. Critical operating systems were identified, and redundancy was designed into the navigational, electrical, and plumbing systems to help avert down-times.
At sea, Varsovie is an easily driven yacht. She reaches 12 knots of boat speed effortlessly and can crank out passages of 250 miles day after day. She is extremely responsive to the helm and a joy sail, yet solid and powerful and willing to take on any sea. She is well suited to deep sea voyaging, providing a pleasant motion with graceful movements. Under normal conditions she runs silently, requiring generator power for only a couple of hours morning and evening to charge the batteries and make fresh water.