Her first owners purchased THUNDERBIRD as a new boat in replacement to an earlier Swan 48 that they had purchased second hand. As such THUNDERBIRD was built and equipped to a high standard to meet their requirement for a fast offshore cruising yacht capable of taking the family around the world.
Delivered in the spring of 2000 the yacht spent the summer in England before sailing to the Canary Isles and competing in the ARC to St Lucia. After a winter cruising the Caribbean the yacht sailed up to Newport, Rhode Island and competed in the Swan Cup there. Later she spent the winter ashore in Newport before being returned to England in the spring of 2002.
THUNDERBIRD was purchased by her current owner in and is a yacht that we know well. She has been based in Asia for some years where she has been maintained by a professional skipper. During the summer of 2015 she was shipped from Phuket to Europe and then sailed here to Lymington to lie with us for sale. She has been carefully maintained and sparingly used in this ownership. Recent updates include a new generator and new batteries and Berthon Boat Company fully serviced her systems prior to shutting them down on arrival.
The Swan 48 is a spectacular cruiser racer from Nautor Swan, and THUNDERBIRD comes with an attractive 3 cabon layout as well as Leisurefurl in-boom furling for easy, rewarding sailing.