PERSERVERANCE was this owner’s third Swan, starting with a Swan 42 in 1985, then a Swan 46, and then his pride and joy, the Swan 56, and we had the pleasure of being involved each time. Early in 2018, there was an itch for something new, and after much discussion, it was decided that what he really wanted was his boat to look new again! He loved to have guests on board, and was a great cook, and crossing the Atlantic was no big deal. One of the last spots to go was the Bahamas, but with the original 9.8’ keel, that was an impossible dream, so as part of the refit, German Frers designed a shallow draft keel for the boat. She has been a much loved family boat – how many people do you know that get a Park Avenue boom for their birthday!
2018 Refit done at Osmotech in Annapolis, MD:
- New teak decks, laid planks and glued including new hatch frames.
- New paint, Flag Blue.
- New cove stripes, Emron Gold.
- New coaming stripes, Snow White.
- New teak bow pulpit seat.
- New engine, Yanmar 4JH110, approx. 100 hours.
- New generator, Westerbeke S4L2, 220V, 8.5 kW.
- New Raritan Elegance fresh water toilets.
- Park Avenue boom sanded/primed/epoxy primed and then repainted Awlgrip Snow White.
- Bottom paint, Seahawk Biocop, Black.
- Companionway staircase removed & refinished.
- Fwd toilet door refinished, new mirrors and some hardware.
- Vetus through hull tunnel. Bow thruster 125 24D.
- Rudder bearing disassembled, rebuilt/cleaned, reassembled. O-rings and seals replaced with new.
- New teak life raft cradle.
- Any damaged floorboards repaired, and all boards sanded/revarnished with multiple coats of Epifanes.
- New Spectra Ventura 150, 24V watermaker.
- Galley countertops sanded and buffed.
- Modified keel, designed by German Frers, 7’ approximately, new keel stub done by Mars Metal.