A very popular S&S design from the post World War II era, WILD SWAN was completely rebuilt and has been extremely well maintained by her owners of 25 years. These were very competitive boat in their day and I am sure she is still a threat on the Classic race course, but sitting aboard her last weekend, I couldn’t help notice how comfortable the cockpit was for sailing and socializing. The deep seats with high combings at a comfortable angle were a nice change from the shallow, deck level seats typical of many of the boats from this era. If you are in the market for a comfortable cruising classic with a good turn of speed for classic racing, come take a look at WILD SWAN. She is worth the trip.
The main salon features a berth to port and a berth to starboard. Both berths are six feet six inches long. A fold down varnished table is mounted to the forward main salon bulkhead and offset to port. There are several lockers outboard of the berths, and a shelf. The galley area with the stove is aft to port with storage outboard, aft, and under. The galley sink is inboard of the stove to port. Opposite to starboard is the ice chest and VHF. The ice box is quite large, allowing room for a lot of ice as well as goods. There is storage outboard of the ice box to starboard, and storage aft to starboard under the cockpit. The cabin sole is varnished holly splined teak over plywood. The companionway steps are centered aft with non-skid treads. The ladder is hinged to fold up for access to the engine behind it. The bulkheads, hull ceiling, cabin top overhead, much of the planking, and berths, are painted white, and the cabin sides, sole, drawer faces, and lots of trim are varnished mahogany. Much of it has been completely rebuilt, and all is in keeping with a fine yacht in appearance and quality.
Next forward of the main salon is a head with a sink, toilet, and mirror. There is storage outboard, and a small locker is next to the head/sink. Two lockers are opposite the head to starboard.
In the forepeak is a v-berth with storage areas under the berths, and drawers in the vertical areas in the triangle aft. There is a small seat mounted in the forepeake as well.
Ventilation: Two Dorade boxes are on the cabin top, and a vent is over the galley area. One removable vent plate is on the fore deck. Most of the locker doors have ventilation cutouts in the shape of an anchor.
CNG Force 10 STove, TWo burners with toaster.
Liquid Fuel Lights: A bulkhead mounted unit with stack heat shield is in the main salon.
Head: Wilcox Crittendon, Skipper model; Wet/dry manual head.
Mahogany planking over oak frames. The transom has an aft rake and a nice shape, painted mahogany over cedar, and has been extensively gone over and repaired during the rebuild. Planking is one inch thick Honduras mahogany. keel is oak/lead. The lead is 8,200 lbs. The rudder is oak with bronze strapping.
Structural Members: 1 inch Honduras mahogany planking. 1 ¾ by 2 inch mostly laminated oak frames, on 11 inch centers, glued with West epoxy mixed with chopped cotton. Fir bilge stringer. 5/16” white cedar hull ceiling. 1 inch by 1 ¾ inch cabin top beams on 9 inch centers. The cabin top is a double layer of fir plywood covered with canvas. The deck is 3/8 inch Ocoume plywood covered with 5/8 inch teak; it had been plywood covered with canvas. 1 ¼ inch by 1 7/8 inch deck beams are on 10 inch centers. 2 ½ inch by 4 inch clamp. Metal rods are run athwartship every four or five deck beams to tie the hull and inner cabin together. 1 ¾ inch floor timbers on 11 inch centers. Floor timber thickness and spacing varies in the length of the vessel. Stainless steel cross strapping is on the inner hull.
Fastenings: 16 bar by 2 inch bronze wood screws are used for plank fastenings replacing the original 14 bar fastenings, in part, to help clean up the old holes for the screws as well as the bungs in the original planking.
- The toe rails are varnished mahogany.
- Lifelines and Stanchions: Bronze stanchions
- Deck: The deck was plywood covered with canvas. Replaced with 3/8” Ocoume plywood, and 5/8” bare teak decking with king plank. Seams are filled with two part polysulfide caulking.
- Deck Surface: Bare teak. Excellent footing.
- Superstructure: Cabin has varnished mahogany sides and the cabin top is a double layer of fir plywood covered with painted canvas.
- Portlights: The forward cabin has two round opening portlights and two rectangular opening portlights. The main cabin has four rectangular opening portlights on each side of the cabin. Latches are available to hold them in the open position.
- Hatches/Doors: A forward cabin top hatch is at the forepeak. It has a plexiglass top and wood frame. There are supports to hold it open, and a dog to hold it closed. A bronze folding step is mounted on the aft forepeak bulkhead to make exiting the hatch easier.
- Cockpit: The cockpit is all varnished mahogany with a bare teak sole.