Swan 48 Zen is for sale

Swan 48 "ZEN"

Asking Price SOLD
Year Built 996
Hull Number 48.104
LOA 15.09 m 49.51’
Beam 4.32 m 14.17’
Draught 2.9 M
Displacement (light) 14300 kg 31500 lbs
Ballast 5500 kg 12100 lbs


Length overall 15.09 m 49.51’
Length of hull 14.83 m 48.65’
Length of waterline 12.50 m 41.01’
Beam 4.32 m 14.17’
Draft 2.90 m
Displacement (light) 14300 kg 31500 lbs
Displacement (loaded) 16450 kg 36300 lbs
Ballast 5500 kg 12100 lbs
Engine Volvo Penta 41.9 kW 57 HP
PRICE: £195,000 to include VAT
Location Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Broker’s comments
The Swan 48 is a beautifully designed and built cruising Swan. “ZEN” is a race optimised version fitted with a race deck layout, regatta keel and carbon mast. She has an exception sail wardrobe and is very competitively priced which does reflect some work that a new owner may like to complete. Her teak deck is serviceable but original and she does show some signs of wear down below.
In her previous and her current ownership at “Assuage” she has been very well campaigned in the regatta circuits and has excelled at both the Swan Europeans here in Cowes as well as the Swan worlds in Porto Cervo.

In 2008 she was first in class at the Swan Worlds in Sardinia and also first in class at the Heineken Regatta in the Caribbean.

The twin cockpit layout makes for safe offshore passage making, she returns very high daily mileage when offshore and will look after you in all conditions. The perfect Swan for trans-Atlantic crossings or for sailing the Med and West Indies. The current owner is only selling her as he has already purchased his new yacht.
This is a very well equipped Swan built in a time at Nautor when they were at the pinnacle of yacht design and legendary quality of yacht building. Extraordinary attention to detail, you will find it very difficult to find a better built and designed yacht at a price which we believe offers incredible value for money.
Owner’s comments
ZEN had a grounding in 2016 and was taken to Hamble Yacht Services for a thorough inspection. The keel was removed for a structural inspection and no damage was found. The lower rudder bearing was replaced in 2016.


The hull is of single skin construction using glass/aramid hybrid fibre reinforced polyester laminate. 
Structural bulkheads are of marine grade waterproof plywood laminated to hull and deck with foam strips between. Stiffeners are unidirectional lay-ups over foam cores. Engine beds are of GRP. Special care is taken to assure rigid foundation and proper adhesion to hull.
White gelcoat hull colour of weather-resistant NGA type
Cove stripe, boot top and coaming stripe, Blue
Flotation reference marks at bow and stern
Regatta keel, draft 2.9m
The keel is an accurately finished lead casting with antimony
Cast-in keel bolts are of high-tensile stainless steel
Keel has been reformed with templates drawn by Hugh Welbourne
Of foam filled GRP with tubular tapered stock of E-glass composite, supported by two self-aligning roller bearings
Steering system
Cable steering with chain drive, sheaves provided with guards to prevent jamming
Steering quadrant bolted to rudder stock. 60" (1.52 m) stainless destroyer type wheel with cow hide cover, 1.6 turns H.O. to H.O Composite pedestal with roller bearings, friction brake and crash bar with bracket for two repeaters over compass
Emergency tiller stowed forward in port side bilge


Construction and finish
Deck is of sandwich construction using glass/aramid fibre reinforced polyester laminate with foam core, and glued to the hull
High-density core under deck fittings
Teak deck is original and will require replacement within the next few seasons.
Large aft cockpit with high coamings, and 1.6 m (5.2') long seats shaped for comfort
Dished helmsman's seat
Fold-down swimming ladder permanently attached to platform - separate light weight racing transom
Bridge deck at forward end leading to small forward cockpit for easy access through main companionway
Woodwork on deck
Teak on side decks and on centre line recess
Teak support for helmsman, angled compact teak on floorboard aft of steering wheel, both sides
Deck fittings for running rigging
2 x Primary winches – Lewmar 77/3 AOR instead of standard Lewmar 62 AST
Removable bow roller on stem head
Main sheet track maximum length
No aluminium toe rail, thin teak on foredeck to third stanchion and aft to aftermost stanchion
Forward stanchions with roller tops 
Two sheet winches Lewmar 64 AST
Harken aluminium main sheet track with ball bearing car and tag lines
One main sheet winch Lewmar 40 AST
One traveller control winch Lewmar 16 AST and two clutches
Two halyard winches Lewmar 48 AST with Spinlock XX clutches for halyards reef and outhaul - Spinlock ZC for main halyard
Harken aluminium genoa sheet tracks with floating slide rod car system and control line clutches
Harken screw-in fittings each side amidships for spinnaker aft guy blocks
Harken screw-in fitting for spinnaker foreguy block on fore deck
Other deck fittings
12" aluminium mooring cleats, two on fore deck, two aft and two in deck amidships
Electrical anchor windlass Lewmar 1000, with chain gypsy only. The gypsy takes both rope and chain
Chain pipe and box
Hand-held windlass control
Pulpit, pushpit and life line stanchions of stainless steel, with bases bolted through deck
Stainless lifelines with gate to Port
Socket for flag pole on pushpit
Bail for lazy halyards - removed for safety but can be re-fitted
Spinnaker and jockey pole fastenings on deck
Drained anchor well forward
Stainless steel handrails at main companionway and along coamings forward, guards over Dorade box
Hatches and windows
One fore deck hinged anchor well hatch
Hinged to fore cabin, lockable from inside and provided with roller type mosquito screen and sunscreen
Hinged hatch Goiot in forward head, and Goiot in forward cabin, both with roller type mosquito screen/blinder
Hinged hatch Goiot in main cabin with roller mosquito screen/blinder
In cabin trunk sides fixed windows forward
Two openable Goiot to the galley, one to the nav. station and one to the aft head
Aft entrance sliding hatch of tinted acryl with sliding blinder and sliding dropboard


Teak with hand rubbed satin finish is used for all visible woodwork
Floorboards with laid teak veneer and providing access to the bilge
Topsides where visible lined with teak battens
Overhead lined with removable panelling
Wooden companionway ladder with non-slip steps
Slip covers for saloon settees, chairs and chat table seat
Protective plastic for saloon, galley, forward and aft cabins
Racing set of cushions and beds
Guest cabins 3-cabin version
Separate starboard guest cabin with door to port cabin from saloon
Fixed upper and lower berths, hanging lockers forward
Lockers outboard of upper berths
Two drawers under each lower berth
Small shelves above berth heads and fans
Main cabin
Easy removable table top
IMS temporary table top
On port side L-shaped settee with table and chairs
On starboard side settee/berth, bookshelf and lockers outboard with space for TV, stereo etc
Liquor locker in table base
Two fans
Insulated and sheathed space for stove, protected by stainless steel guard
Fireproof doors outboard
Stainless steel sinks with one hand mixing tap and one salt water tap
Teak bread board
GRP waste bin
Front-loaded 110 litre (3.9 cu.ft.) refrigerator and top-loaded 70 litre
(2.5 cu.ft.) freezer, insulated with 75 resp. 
100 mm thick foam, lined with GRP, and provided with stainless racks
Counter tops of Cameo White Corian
Drip-dry rack for plates in cupboard above sinks
Microwave oven
Navigation area
Chart stowage under table top
Chest of drawers in base
Hull and deck behind instrument panels insulated with closed-cell foam
Oilskin locker with GRP bottom module drained to bilge and book shelf with divider aft extended to entrance bulkhead
GRP module with shower pan, covering bulkheads up to wash basin height
Basin and top of Corian or equal
Telephone type shower, towel, soap and paper holder, mirrors and waste container
Ceramic tiling on floor
Lockers with shelves outboard
Aft cabin
Wider berth in aft cabin – 160cm wide
Double bed on centerline with drawers and locker under
Hanging lockers with shelves outboard each side
Acrylic mirror on forward bulkhead
Lockable cabin door
Stowage for aft entrance ladder on starboard side Two fans


Volvo Penta MD22 rated 41.9 kW (57 HP) at 3600 rpm marine diesel on flexible mountings with MS2A reduction gear 3.0:1
Access for service through three removable panels
Engine box internally sound insulated, fire resistance meeting SOLAS B-15 requirements
Starting system
The engine has its own starting battery set, 12 V 90 Ah, located in saloon L-sofa forward wing
Propeller shaft
Made of corrosion resistant high-strength steel with flexible shaft coupling, outboard end supported by strut with rubber bearing
PSS or equal stuffing box flexibly supported by hose connection to stern tube for locking the shaft during charging, a shear pin is provided
Zinc anode on shaft
Max-Prop 2-blade propeller
Fuel system
Fuel capacity 300 litres (79 USg), in two tanks with shut-off valve
Level gauge on engine control panel
Water separator with alarm on fuel feed line, return line provided
Tank vented to outside of boat. Fuel fill on deck starboard side


Sea water piping of reinforced PVC tubing, fresh water piping of nylon tubing
Fuel and water tanks of welded stainless steel pressure tested to 35 kPa (5 psi), and provided with baffles, inspection covers, sounding plug, and vent pipes
Shower sump tanks of GRP, integral with the moulded floor liner
Fresh water system
Holding tank for aft head
Fresh water capacity 430 litres (113.6 USg), in two tanks
Level gauge on galley control panel
Hot and cold pressure water for galley and heads
The consumable water can be heated either with engine cooling water or with a heating element working on AC when the boat is connected to shore power
Hot water tank capacity 22 litres (5.8 USg)
One filler line from deck, terminating at valve chest
Tank vent pipes drain into galley sink
Foot pump for galley sink
Watermaker - Seafresh SH206 rated at 90 litres per hour (pickled  Autumn 2002)
Sea water system
Foot pump for galley sink spout
Inlet sea cocks for galley, engine cooling and toilet flushing
Drainage system
Galley sinks drained through sea cock
Shower trays and wash basins drain to respective sump tank, capacity about 40 litres each
Sump tanks are emptied by electric pump to outlet above waterline
Refrigerator drained with back-up sump tank pump
PAR LARGE BOWL toilets or equal, aft toilet discharging either to stainless 45 litres (11.9 USg) holding tank, or through sea cock
Manual discharge pump for holding tank (aft head)
Stainless steel three-burner Alpes Inox gas stove with oven and grill, gimballed and provided with fiddles
Flame failure protection on burners
Iceberg hold-over system for refrigerator and freezer with compressor belted from main engine
Thermostatic temperature control in refrigerator and freezer, enabling freezer to be used as a refrigerator but without hold-over capability
Dorade ventilators forward of mast
Exhaust ventilators in heads and galley
Engine space air inlet in forward cockpit, outlet with blower
Battery boxes ventilated to outside through mast Overhead fans in all cabins, saloon and galley


24 V DC insulated return system for general service and battery charging
12 V DC for engine starting
For lightning protection, headstay, backstay (unless used as antenna), fuel tank, fuel fill, and main chain plates are grounded to ballast keel bolts with heavy cable
Service power
One battery set 24 V, 320 Ah 5 hour rating (385 Ah 20 h rating) traction type in glassfibre box under the saloon settee
Main switch and fuses located in the base of the saloon table
12 V 12 Amp outlets at main switchboard plus one watertight in cockpit and one on fore deck
Lighting arrangements
One berth light over each berth, halogen dome lights overhead
Flexible chart light at navigation station
Red night lights at floor level in navigation area, and main cabin. Leading light at entrance
Downward flood light on forward side of mast
Compass light
Navigation lights:
Red and green side lights on pulpit
White stern light on pushpit
White bowlight on forward side of mast (motoring light)
Charging system
On the engine there is one 24 V 60 A alternator for charging the service batteries, and one 12 V 60 A alternator for the starting batteries
The service batteries can also be charged with a shore powered 50 A charger
Shore power
Shore power 230V 25A including land connection cable, polarity alarm, main switch and outlets
Battery charger, Mastervolt 24/50A 230V
Inverter, Mastervolt 24/1500W including transfer switch


One 135 mm SUUNTO steering compass, mounted in binnacle on steering pedestal
B&G 790 system with speed, temp and depth transducers, wind system with masthead transducer on carbon wand, multi-function display on compass crash bar, and digital boat speed repeater forward in cockpit and on 20:20’s
3 x 20:20 repeaters on stainless steel mast bracket
B and G Zeus chart plotter at helm by compass crash bar with repeater at charter table.
Trimble GPS/plotter
B&G Hydra pilot hydraulic - removable for racing
VHF Radio telephone, DSC with loudspeaker
One quartz clock at chart table
Thrane and Thrane 150 sat comms
Iridium phone


Carbon mast and boom
Triple spreader rig with discontinuous shrouds
All standing was replaced hy Hamble Yacht Services Navtec service centre
Masthead rig with athwartships spreaders.
IG = 19.80 m (64.96') Fore triangle 54.9 m² (591.4 sq.ft)
J = 5.55 m (18.21') Mainsail 51.2 m² (551.0 sq.ft)
P = 17.63 m (57.91') 130% genoa 71.4 m² (768.8 sq.ft)
E = 5.82 m (19.03') Spinnaker 198 m² (2130 sq.ft)
Race Sails.
3DL main     2008 two regattas
3DL code 1   2008 two regattas
3DL code 2   2008 two regattas 
3DL code 3   2012 one regatta.
North AO1     2012 4 hours use   like code 0
North .5 sp   2008 2 regattas
North .75 sp   2008 2 regattas
North 1.5 sp   2008 2 regattas
North kevlar code 4 with eyelets age?
North staysail. 
Spare race sails
.5 spi
.9 spi
I.5 spirit
North main 2012
Furling genoa 
Storm jib and try sail. 
.75 spirit and snuffer
New carbon mast, boom (2000)
Spare mast of oval section, with joint at approximately half length, and external stemball tangs
Harken System A track for full-batten mainsail requiring Hi-Load Battcars (alloy rig)
Internal wiring, shielded in a PVC tube secured to mast
Harken spinnaker gooseneck track on forward face with appropriate fittings
Tapered spreaders of aluminium alloy
Neoprene rubber mast boot with Dacron cover over rubber wedges supporting mast at partners
Masthead with four halyard sheaves, three at top and fourth lower for separate staysail halyard
Carbon Rig
Either bolt rope for racing main or batten cars and sliders for cruising main
2 x Carbon fibre spinnaker pole 
Carbon fibre jockey pole 
Hydraulic tensioner for babystay – Navtex-10 on deck for masthead rig
Four-function Navtec System 50 control panel in cockpit
Navtec quick release for boom vang (one) by helm
Updated backstay hydraulics - backstay rams replaced
Running rigging
Spectra genoa sheets two 16mm
Vectran main halyard one 12mm
Spectra spinnaker sheets two 10mm
Vectran spinnaker guys two 12mm
Vectran spinnaker halyards two 12mm
Vectran genoa halyard one 12mm
Spectra main sheet one 12mm
Spectra change sheet one 12mm
Genoa sheet two braid 14mm
Spinnaker sheets two braid 10mm
Spectra spinnaker guys two 12mm
Low stretch genoa halyard one 12mm
Low stretch spinnaker halyard one 12mm
Spectra spinnaker halyards two 14mm
Genoa sheets two braid 14mm
Spectra main sheet one 12mm
Anchoring and Mooring
One CQR 45 lbs anchor on stemhead and kedge 
12 metres anchor chain 1/2"
60 m plaited nylon anchor line, diameter 16 mm (3/4")
Four mooring lines 20 m each, diameter 16 mm (3/4")
Six fenders with lines
One boat hook of divided type, stowed in fo'c'sle
Anchor light with cable and plug
Sailing gear
Reckman headsail furler including blocks and clutch
One screw-in block for fore guy, two for aft guys
Four genoa fairlead cars with slide rods and pin stops
Two spreacher blocks
Winch handles.
Bosun's chair
Flag pole
Four cleat guards
Small sprayhood for main entrance - Not fitted
Tuff Luff and one spare, for alloy rig
Safety belts for navigator and cook
Sounding rods for fuel and water tanks
All berths are equipped with canvas leeboards and 12.5 cm (5") thick mattresses - also racing mattress covers and saloon cushions
Mediterranean awning
Light alloy paserelle
Cockpit table
Webbing jackstays
Wheel cover
Jon Bouy
Horseshoe and light
Fire extinguishing
Two Halon Avid fire extinguisher in engine room 
Three extra extinguishers fitted
Fire blanket in galley
Race Record
Myth of Malham 1st
Fastnet Winner of the Inter-Services Cup
Swan Europeans 3rd F Class (Big Boats)
Rolex Day 1st
Isle of Wight Trophy 1st
Hamble Winter Series 3rd Class 0
Easter RORC 2nd 
Hamble Spring Series 2nd IRC 0
Easter RORC Regatta 1st IRC 0
Swan Rendezvous 1st 
Personal effects, including, personal tools, navigation equipment, cutlery, crockery, glassware, pictures etc.
Draft #1 TJQ March 2017 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.

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.

Read 1445 times Last modified on Friday, 06 October 2017 11:57

Share this boat:

Stay Connected:

Nautor's Swan UK & Ireland

Contact us:

+44(0)23 8045 4880 +44(0)23 8045 5547 enquiries@swanyachts.co.uk