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Re: Swan owners technical forum

I would think with the larger Swans at least, like the Wally's and other megabuck boats the owners may just say to the yard "Fix it and send me the bill, I'm sailing on Saturday." People that own boats in the stratospheric price ranges are rarely DIY types, they are better off working at their careers and writing checks. There are exceptions but that may eliminate most of the larger ones, leaving an even smaller group to attract.

Swan currently produces only one small affordable boat, the 53. Not sure what the new price is but there is a used model on Yachtworld (2006) for 1.3 million. They range to 115 feet and I guarantee those owners don't do their own maintenance.

If it is the S&S designs that interest you (to me the nicest Swans of all) there is an association. S&S Swan Association that has a forum as well as a section detailing upgrades with pictures.

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I would think with the larger Swans at least, like the Wally's and other megabuck boats the owners may just say to the yard "Fix it and send me the bill, I'm sailing on Saturday." People that own boats in the stratospheric price ranges are rarely DIY types, they are better off working at their careers and writing checks. There are exceptions but that may eliminate most of the larger ones, leaving an even smaller group to attract.

Swan currently produces only one small affordable boat, the 53. Not sure what the new price is but there is a used model on Yachtworld (2006) for 1.3 million. They range to 115 feet and I guarantee those owners don't do their own maintenance.

If it is the S&S designs that interest you (to me the nicest Swans of all) there is an association. S&S Swan Association that has a forum as well as a section detailing upgrades with pictures.


You'd be surprised. A lot of Swan owners are very hands on. The S&S Swan owners forum has an active maintenance section. I am up for it but not sure that I am all that great a resource.
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Re: Swan owners technical forum

I agree many Swan owners are hands on, particularly the older boats. Unfortunately there are various obstacles to a cohesive exchange of useful information. The S&S Association is very active and seem to be a good operation. However they are not interested in boats designed by Holland or Freres. The Swan Owners Association of the US is just that, really only American owners. I may be wrong about this but that is how it appears.

According to Mateo, the driving force behind the S&S group, Nautor are completely uninterested in the older boats. To get an information forum going you probably would need their co operation to send out a notification that it was being proposed. Very unlikely apparently.

Its a pity because somewhere to exchange views for all would be very useful. It would be possible if you could get the word out there. Any ideas??
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When doing research, its important to look at support also. I can get any question answered and there's a wealth of projects and DIY articles on the Catalina 36 forum.

The forums are quite active.
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