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1973 Nautor Swan 44

Olbia, Italy



 Location – Olbia, Sardinia

S & S Design

LOA 13.48 m 44.09 ft
LWL 10.33 m 33.89 ft
Displacement 1 12700 kg 28000 lbs
Ballast 5140 kg 11330 lbs
Beam 3.83 m 12.58 ft
Draft 2.3 m 7.4 ft

Water 330 ltr 87.1 US g. in 2 tanks
Fuel 150 ltr 39.6 US g. in 1 tank

Service batteries: 12 V and separate starting battery.
Owners Comments:

Rosy Pelican has been in the same ownership for 24 years. She has been an immensely successful boat for us, sailing in every sort of condition and in every sort of water, from an Atlantic crossing to a Fastnet, from a Swan regatta to sailing on the Odet River in Brittany with Olin Stephens at the helm (there’s a pic to prove it!). After all that time she was due a refit and in late 2014 she returned from Sardinia and entered the HYS yard on the Hamble. Like all such projects there was 'mission creep' (more rush than creep it seemed at times) and by the end the boat was virtually rebuilt. All those things that we had wanted to do to improve the boat, while renewing anything that was old or worn, was carried out. By the end, I think only the furniture was untouched and even that got a lick of varnish and new upholstery.

It’s a cliché, but she really is better than new - benefiting from all the latest gear and electronics that was unavailable 40 odd years ago. The opportunity has been taken to modernize the deck layout (all reefing now from the cockpit) as well as modify the hull aft and install a semi-balanced rudder. That old IOR bustle has now gone and her steering and speed greatly improved. No longer that instability downwind these boats were famous for. In one of the photos here, Rosy Pelican can be seen reaching under full spinnaker, main and genoa in about 25 knots of wind - totally under control. As one of her crew wrote afterwards “You couldn’t even think about doing that” before the modifications.

We put in a carbon mast (with added carbon to give it the strength of the old Nautor spar), new engine, some new winches, new electrics, electronics, plumbing, fridges etc. She really is almost new boat and should last another 42 years with a bit of love from time to time.

(Dates of acquisition of equipment or modifications are given in good faith but they are not guaranteed and do not form part of any contract. If a particular date is of issue to a potential buyer then further investigation can be made to check the information given here. In the event of a sale, a full inventory will need to be drawn up).


Broker’s comments

The Swan 44 is one of the classic Swans from the S and S stable. Beautiful lines, superb sea keeping and a thorough execution in excellent design and build.

The 44 was based on a very successful IOR design based on a pedigree that is second to none. Sparkman and Stephens had their roots firmly in Americas Cup and metre boats and both brothers were very successful racing yachtsman – offshore as much as inshore racing in those days.

We know this Swan very well having seen her go through this very comprehensive refit at HYS. The current owner has looked after throughout her life and Rosy Pelican now represents a very unique opportunity. The asking price doesn’t actually reflect the time, effort, sweat and tears that have gone into making Rosy Pelican what she is today. The aft hull and rudder modifications have no doubt improved on some of the idiosyncrasies that the original design possessed. The carbon mast makes a huge difference in many aspects including displacement and righting moment and there is a said to be a quote when Messrs S and S considered other yards masts moored near his own that his mast design was a little on the conservative side.
This particular Swan 44 might not appeal to those who are change adverse. This is a classic Swan 44 with all the attributes of the modern Swan on a yacht that is still an absolute pleasure to sail and to own. The classic Swan 44’s are arguably the prettiest yachts in the anchorage and Rosy Pelican might be the prettiest.

Hull and Deck

Glass fibre reinforced plastic hull with scantlings approval to Lloyds Register of shipping with Lloyds Certificate of hull construction.
Light blue/grey Awl grip hull colour painted 2015
Gold leaf covita line with single Bahama Blue boot top line
Lead casting with antimony ballast keel with stainless steel keel bolts
Stainless steel lifting point installed on keel
Maximum possible bilge access provided
Structural bulkheads of marine grade water proof plywood
Aluminium anodised toe rail replaced in 1998
Galvanized steel mast step
New semi-balanced GPP rudder with alloy shaft in lieu of the original skeg hung rudder.
Wheel steering with quadrant and cable and chain
New Axxon double spreader carbon mast
New Efoy 8 amp/Ah fuel cell
Emergency tiller
12” cleats fitted fore and aft
Laid teak deck replaced in 1998
Underwater body, refaired and epoxy treated 2015
Two Lewmar ST mast genoa and halyard winches
Two Lewmar 44 ST halyard winches in cockpit
Eight Spinlock clutches for two main halyards and reefing lines
Two Lewmar 65 primary, serviced 2016
Two Pontos 52 (2016) ST secondary sheet winches in cockpit
Winch handles and holders
Antifouled area approx 44 m² 473 sq.ft .
Single lifting point
Height on cradle 4.38 m, deck gear removed 4.00 m


5” Constellation Ships Compass
2 x Ritchie side deck compasses
B&G H5000 system 2015
B&G Zeus Chart plotters (2012 & 15) – one at wheel and one at nav station
2 x MFDs either side of wheel
2 Autopilot control panels
Wind direction repeaters at front of cockpit.
TWS, boat speed and TWA
B&G broadband radar (2011) available but not presently fitted
Raytheon AIS transmitter (2011).
Iridium phone and “Red Box” email server (enables you to download Grib files anywhere in the world)

Joinery work and interior

All joinery work is completed to best yacht practice
Corners are rounded as required, all mounting blocks, rails door sills etc are glued and dowelled
Laid teak veneer cabin sole
Fixed and opening ports to improve natural ventilation
Sliding forecastle and main companionway hatches
Engine access via removable joiner work
Drop leaf table installed in main saloon
Hand rails installed below decks to promote safe movement at sea
Galley is amply provided with racks for glasses, plates shelves bins and a cutting board
New upholstery (2015)


All upholstery/curtains in Alcantara fabric

2 x Berths in aft cabin, 2 hanging lockers
2 x Settee berths, 2 x Pilot berths, 2 hanging locks (one wet locker).
2 x fixed berths in fore cabin, with in-fill piece to create double.
Extensive stowage throughout.
Heads/Shower compartment to Stbd.
Fwd facing Chart table/Nav station to Port – Galley opposite.
New cooker with 2 rings and oven (2015).
Gas solenoid cut off (2015).
Gas Alarm.
Frigoboat icebox with cooler plate and separate deep freeze.
Kenwood Stereo Radio/CD system to Saloon and Aft Cabin Speakers.

Plumbing (all new in 2015)

Hot air ducted heating
Lavac w/c and pipe work
Holding tank
Two-speed fans in Galley and Heads (not new).
Flush mounted bronze sea cocks with doubled clipped hose connections
Cockpit fitted with two naturally draining scuppers
Fresh water tanks with baffles and inspection plates
Fresh water in two stainless 165 litre tanks.
Nylon tubing fresh water piping
Toilet intake is situated very close to keel to ensure ample submergence even in a seaway
Wash basin in heads and twin stainless steel galley sinks
1 Electric bilge pump,
1 Whale Titan in saloon,
1 Whale Gusher Manual Bilge pump – in cockpit.
Electric and 2 x Manual Water pumps for Fresh water at Galley and Heads – incl shower.
Hot water Calorifier with immersion heater – not connected (water currently heats off engine)


1 VOLVO D2 - 55, max HP 55 (2015).
Volvo Loom and Instrument Panel (2015)
Single lever Morse controls
Copper fuel lines with shut off valve, fuel separator and flexible engine connection
Twin fuel filter with changeover switch
3 Bladed MaxProp feathering propeller.

Cruising Speed:
6kts @ 1800 rpm. Max 7/7.5 knots at 2400 rpm

New exhaust system (2015) rerouted through counter (2011) with water trap.
Stainless Steel Fuel Tank (40 US Galls – 150 litres) - removed, cleaned, repaired (2016)


12v DC wire to wire controlled by circuit breaker switchboard
Rewired approx 2015
Shore power with battery charger (2015)
Mates volt state meter at chart table (2015)
Emergency start link.
New LCD Tricolour with anchor light.
Service Battery: 4 x 110 AH (2015)
Engine start battery
Alternator: 12V 70A
Battery Charger (Mastervolt):
220V Shore Power (2015)
New Efoy 8 Ah fuel cell.
Anchor light (LED)
Bow light
Deck flood light
Red and Green running lights (LED 2015)
Stern light
Compass light
Bunk and nav table lights
Dome and fluorescent lights
Reading lights at all berths


Carbon spars to S and S design - double spreader (Axxon 2015)
One carbon spinnaker pole
One reaching strut
Spinnaker boom track
Stainless steel mast collar
Stainless steel rod rigging
Double spreaders, double lowers, inner forestay, runners.
Roller furling on headsail – Harken replaced in approx 2002
Roller furling (and spare stay) for staysail (Harken 2016)
All reefing lines now lead to cockpit
New Antal genoa turning block with stopper clutch (2016)

Tall rig
I = 17.53 m 57.50 ft Fore triangle 49.7 m² 534.7 sq.ft
J = 5.67 m 18.60 ft Mainsail 36.7 m² 395.3 sq.ft
P = 15.54 m 51.00 ft 150% genoa 74.5 m² 802.1 sq.ft
E = 4.72 m 15.50 ft Spinnaker 179 m² 1925 sq.ft


• New North (2016) Racing/ Cruising
• Cruising main UK sails (2003 - but good condition. RP was not used for 3 years between then and now when the owner was employed in New York)
• Trysail


• North 3DL No1 racing genoa (2016)
• North Furling No 2 genoa 110% (2015)
• Spare North furling genoa 120% ( 2003 - good condition)
• North No 3 racing genoa ( 1992, but recut 2016)
• North No 4 racing genoa ( 1992 - but probably used only twice in its life)
• Furling North staysail (2016)
• Piston hanked staysail ( 1992 - but good condition)

• storm jib (2011)

• Downwind sails
• North A3 reacher (2016)
• North Triradial (symmetrical) 2005 - good condition
• Spare runner (1992) - fair condition
• Heavy weather spinnaker (1992 - good condition but old)


Anchors: 1 x Delta 200ft chain, 100 ft. Anchor warp (50mm). Lewmar Electric Windlass
Sail-Stack boom cover
Spray Hood
Fore hatch cover
Boat hook
Flag staff for ensign
One Bosun’s chair
Deck pad eyes and blocks
Staysail on Highfield lever
Two Antal double foot blocks for genoa sheets with clutches (2016)
Extensive Sheets, warps, Berthing/other lines, fenders, heaving lines, and other items of Bosunry.
Safety Equipment: 6 man Life raft in Valise – RORC Pack (New 2015, Serviced 2016)
1 x Horseshoe life ring / 1 Jon Buoy raft
4 x Fire Extinguishers: Saloon, Galley, Fore cabin and automatic system in engine compartment (2016)
2 x Jackstays – Stem head to aft of cockpit and attachment points in cockpit. Emergency Tiller. ’Windpilot’ self-steering (2002) Bimini over cockpit and boom sun awning Zodiac dinghy (2015)
Suzuki 2.5HP outboard Various instruction manuals and drawings









Draft #5 - August 2016 - Confirmed by owner

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. This specification/inventory will only form part of the contract when attached to a bona fide sales contract that has been signed and agreed by both seller and buyer.

Basic Boat Info

Price: £198,000
Tax Status: Not Applicable
Boat Name: Rosy Pelican
Make: Nautor Swan
Model: 44
Year: 1973
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 44 ft / 13.41 m


Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Cruisers


Tim Quinlan
To arrange inspection of this fine yacht, please contact Tim Quinlan at Lilley Marine directly on +44 (0)23 8045 4880 or +44 (0)7712 049290.
Lilley Marine


Lilley Marine
Port Hamble Marina Satchell Lane, Hamble
Southampton, Hampshire, GB, SO31 4QD
Tel:+44 (0)23 8045 4880

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

00 44 734112 77 55