About the Yacht

Our History

First launched in 1972, the Swan 65 was the world’s largest GRP yacht. Designed to be a fast, strong and luxurious ocean racing yacht, the Swan 65 soon proved it’s pedigree by winning the first Whitbread around the world yacht race (now known as the Volvo Ocean race). 

As a child I remember following the first whitbread around the world race - and looking at brochures of the (at the time) magnificent Swan 65 that I was sure I would never be able to afford. Some 40 years later, Eve (then called "Kenta" and Italian registered) sailed into Sydney harbour as part of an around-the-world trip and her Italian owner decided to sell her.  I was in the market for a 50 ft around the world yacht at the time and, as I walked up to have a look I told myself "it's too big, don't buy it, just have a look to satisfy those childhood memories".  But I just couldn't help myself - I made an offer about an hour (and two beers) later.

Having spent the last 4 years sailing around Australia and completing 3 Sydney-Hobart races and a Sydney-Noumea race (which we won!) we are about to fulfill another childhood dream and spend the next 5 years sailing around the world.  Cape horn, the northwest passage, tropical cruising, and a heap of regattas and ocean races lie ahead.  Not only is Eve the perfect boat for this adventure but I've been lucky enough to find the perfect crew in Ben and Jess.  I can't wait!  And Eve is big enough to share this experience - so I'm looking forward to new people joining us for various parts of the adventure.

Interior

Eve is equipped of three double cabins (each with en-suite), a crew cabin for a total of 9 berths with full sprung mattresses. Her huge main saloon and her large galley will give you all the comfort you need to make your experience aboard unforgettable.

Varnished teak throughout exudes classic charm but she also has a full complement of modern conveniences including deep freezer, air-conditioning, wifi, TV and 6-speaker stereo.

Superbly equipped with modern instrumentation and route planning systems:

  • B&G H5000 instrumentation with 7 displays
  • Raymarine autopilot, Helm and navigation plotter
  • Radios including HF, VHF, AIS, and hand helds
  • Iridium and Inmarsat Satellite systems
  • Mast mounted 4G with Wifi - provides high speed data up to 30 miles offshore
  • Expedition route planning & navigation software

Exterior

Outdoors, she has a powerful twin mast sail plan and plenty of toys for a great regatta race. And in a few minutes, she can be converted to provide shaded outdoor dining and sun-lounger. Oh, and there’s a 25 hp tender and dive compressor for those that want to get under the water.

She is equipped with a complete racing sail wardrobe and is certified for category 1 ocean races.

  • Doyle Stratis mainsail with 3 reef points.
  • Hydranet Mizzen sail
  • 1 Carbon headsail, \#2 and \#3 Hydranet headsails
  • Carbon Code Zero from Hood
  • Doyle Stratis yankee
  • Carbon staysail
  • A2 Assymmetric Spinnaker
  • S1 and S2 Symmetric Spinnakers
  • Mizzen Staysail (like a small assymetric on the mizzen)

Specification

For Sparkman & Stephens Swan fans, here’s a link to the full high resolution original owners manual documents & diagrams.

TypeSwan 65
Built1981
DesignSparkman & Stephens
BuilderNautor Swan, Pietarsaari, Finland
RiggingKetch
Cruising Speed9.00 Knots
LOA19.80 metres
Beam5.00 metres
Draught3.00 metres
Displacement31 800 kilos
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