1972 Nautor Swan 48

  • 48 ft
  • Racer and Cruiser
  • Near Belfast, ME, US

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Comment from Owners: Swan 48:  Sparkman & Stephens designed, and Nautor built. Curandera is a sailor’s sailboat, a very fast, yet sturdy, world-class racer/cruiser. This Swan is both classic in design and top-of-the-line in function. She has circumnavigated, and is fully set-up for living aboard comfortably. 

She has had just three owners in her lifetime, and each a serious world sailor. Extensive refits were performed on her in 1998 and in 2012, with steady maintenance and additions to hull, canvas, mechanics, navigation and electronics throughout her life and up to the present.

Please see Curandera’s full specifications here for complete detail and photographs, and contact her broker for more of each. She has just been hauled and is in storage near Belfast, Maine. 


Basic Information

Nautor Swan
Year Refit:
Near Belfast, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Boat Type:
Racer and Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight

48 ft - 14.63 meter
Draft - max:
Bridge Clearance:
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LOA: 47 ft 11in.

Beam: 13 ft 7 in.

LWL: 37 ft 3 in.

Length on deck: 47 ft 11 in.

Maximum draft: 7 ft 10 in.

Displacement: 36000 lbs Half Load.

Ballast: 14100 lbs.

Bridge Clearance: 67 ft 0 in.

Hull Build & Finish

The Swan 48 is built with a solid hand laid-up fiberglass hull with reinforcing stringers that are foam-filled. The lead fin keel is bolted on. The rudder is mounted on a full skeg. The deck is fiberglass, foam cored with a teak overlay.

Curandera has a Dark Green Awlgrip topsides finish (2012). The cockpit, wheel binnacle, companionway, deck & coachroof areas were also Awlgrip Oyster White (1998).

The bottom was stripped, faired & expoxy barrier-coated in 2012 and is painted with Trididad Petit blue. Bottom re-scraped and painted in 2014.


This Swan 48 is built with the standard Nautor aluminum anodized toerails with a silver finish that are in very good condition. They were replaced in 1994 and have been well-maintained. The (6) coachroof portlights were also replaced in 1998 and there are custom, fitted screens for each: there are also custom screens for companionway and hatches in salon and forward cabin.


Westerbeke 63 (1998).

Propeller: 3 blade propeller.

Cruising speed: 6 knots.

Maximum speed: 8 knots.

Engine hours: 2800.

Rope cutter on shaft.

Westerbeke 63C (4) cylinder FWC marine diesel, 63 HP (note: engine new in 1998, under 3000 hours, full servicing in 2016, detailed invoices available).

Maxprop (3) Blade propeller, feathering.

PSS dripless shaft seal.

Stainless steel propeller shaft.

Single-lever engine control (mounted at helm station, starboard side of the cockpit).

Oil changing pump (West Marine, 7 quart capacity).

(2) Racor fuel filters, mounted in-line with reverse-pressure gauge.


Fresh water tanks: 4 aluminum (87) gallons.

Fuel tanks: 1 aluminum (57 gallons).

Holding tanks: 1 fiberglass.


Curandera has a 12 VDC ship’s service system and a 115 VAC Shore power system with interior outlets (1997). The ship’s electrical service breaker panel was replaced in 2002.

Solbian solar panels, mounted on bimini (2012) ;(2) 80 watt panels installed, &

(1) Spare for replacement if needed.

(6) 12 VDC batteries, Lifeline, (4) house, (2) start (2012).

Heart Interface Link 2000-R battery management system.



The Swan 48 has a (2) stateroom layout and is traditionally-configured for that era as follows. There is an aft cabin with both single and double berths, which, with custom wood crafted vee section, may be converted to a large, queen berth; (2) settee & (2) sea/pilot berths in the main salon and (2) berths in the fore cabin that raise up to allow access to storage underneath. The galley is aft on the port side. There are  (2) heads; (1) is forward on the port side just abaft the fore cabin and opposite (2) large hanging lockers and (1) is located on the port side and is ensuite with the aft cabin.

She is finished with the traditional Nautor satin varnish finish applied over the blond Kota wood (native to Finland) for Swan’s of this vintage for the bulkheads and most of the joinery. The gloss varnished teak trim nicely highlights the Kota wood appearance that materially lightens the interior. There are varnished teak ceilings and a satin varnished teak & holly cabin sole (replaced in 1994) throughout. The fiberglass portions of the interior, such as the chain plate covers, overhead liner sections and the port light areas were Awlgripped Oyster White (1998).

The original Nautor sliding forward hatch plastic was replaced in 2004 when the entire hatch was rebuilt.

There is a custom teak chart stowage rack mounted over the sea-berth, port side. The main salon table was custom-built in the mid-1990’s, teak with double folding leaves. The starboard side has an extra-large unit to comfortably sit guests on the starboard settee while dining.

The interior cushions were recovered in 2003 with a durable & versatile tan cotton material. There are white cotton curtains for the opening ports and portlights.

There are leecloths for main salon berths, leeboards for the aft cabin berths, and custom net leecloths for forward berths.

There is a teak & stainless steel ladder incorporated into the fore cabin to facilitate the access to & from the foredeck via the large sliding hatch.

(5) Hella 12 VDC fans (throughout).


The galley is located on the port side aft. L-shaped & is equipped with a double stainless steel sink & a well-insulated 7.7cu/ft. capacity top loading ice-chest. No refigeration.

Hillerange (3) Burner stove with oven, stainless steel, gimbaled, propane.

Galley safety bar, stainless steel with harness.

Hot & cold pressure water system.

Fresh water & salt water service (again pressurized) at the galley sink (also back-up operated by foot-pumps).

There is a separate, well insulated ice-box chest located in the aft cabin.

Xintec Fireboy S-2A propane/CNG fume detector.

Seaward electric shut-off switch. 12 VDC, for the gas system (note: propane gas system also has a manual over-ride system that is located in port cockpit locker).

Hanging propane cooker, stainless.

Exhaust fan.


Lighting, Interior and Exterior

There are overhead dome lights throughout the interior. Many of the original units (main salon, galley & nav station) were replaced in the 1990’s with stainless steel ABI light fixtures.

Navigation lights.

Tricolor masthead light.

Anchor light.

Boom light.

Cockpit light (installed on radar post).

Plumbing & Heads

Hot & cold pressure water system valves serviced in 2015.

Seaward S-700 Electric/heat exchanger water heater.

Foot-pumps: (3) freshwater: (1) aft head & (1) forward head & (1) freshwater in galley; (1) saltwater in galley.

(2) Manual bilge pumps (cockpit and below).

(1) Electric bilge pump, automatic/manual.

(1) Electric bilge pump, automatic/manual “oversized” with discharge through the transom.

Saltwater deck & anchor wash-down (forward).

Exhaust fan for fwd Head.

(2) Raritan heads, forward and aft (2015).


Kappa Sails mainsail, Dacron, full-batten (2012) with Antal cars & track.

North Sails #3 genoa, 140% roller-furling, 3DL Marathon (2001).

North Sails yankee, 110% (high clew), Spectra (2003).

North Sails spinnaker, asymmetrical with snuffer (2003).


Double-rail bow stern pulpits.

Stainless steel lifelines.

Gates, upper & lower, starboard side, for the lifelines.

Bow anchor roller, stainless steel.

Lewmar Concept/Ocean electric anchor windlass (2002). There is a custom anchor rode box installed in the forepeak area that effectively manages the chain rode when the windlass is utilized (2002).

(6) Wichard padeyes; (2) at the companionway & (4) in the cockpit.

(4) Dorade vents.

(2) Opening ports (in cockpit, for aft cabin).

(2) Deck prisms (for forward head & passageway to fore cabin).

(2) Deck hatches; (1) Lewmar amidships & (1) sliding Nautor for the fore cabin (note: the plexiglass insert for the Lewmar hatch was replaced in 1998 and for the foredeck hatch in 2004 when that unit was rebuilt).

(3) Stainless steel guards for the throttle quadrant area, mainsheet winch & binnacle.

Stainless steel guard at mast for dorade vent & line attachment.

Wheel steering, 36” with elkhide wrap, with wheel brake.

(5) Deck block, screw-in.

Shroud rollers, aluminum.

Deck access plates; (1) fuel (port side), (1) water (starboard side) & (1) waste (aft, port side).

Rig, Rigging & Winches

Curandera has the standard Nautor silver-anodized aluminum rig, keel-stepped, with double spreaders and a single-point chainplate system, there is an adjustable inner forestay, The standing riggin is discontinuous 1x19 stainless steel wire with Norseman terminals. New main, jib and spinnaker halyards in 2012; rigging serviced and tuned (2012).

The rig dimensions are: 1+62.5’ (19.05m), J+20.0’ (6.10m), P=56.5’ (17.22m) & E=15.5’(4.72m).

The sail area is 1069.2 sq/ft.

Boom stripped, sanded, primed, painted (2012). Preventer tackle & lazy-jacks. (3) internal lines for the outhaul, 1st reef & 2nd reef that are all led to the winches adjacent to the spar itself. There are lock-offs at the gooseneck area of the boom for the (3) internal lines.

The spar vang attachment & gooseneck assemblies are of a well-engineered, heavy-duty construction that does effectively correct an inherent weakness in the older Swan designs “as built” (2003).

Harken Series 3 Roller-furling system (2002: serviced, 2014).

Slab-jiffy reefing for the mainsail.

Preventer tackle.


Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster.

Navtec hydraulic system for the boom vang & mainsail outhaul (control panel installed at helm station, 2003).

Inner forestay with Highfield lever.

Running backstays (2003).

(1)Spinnaker pole.

(1)Reaching strut/jockey pole.

(4) Mast steps, stainless steel folding.

Stainless steel genoa tracks with Lewmar genoa cars, stoppers & slides to attach blocks.

Antal mainsheet system with cross-hauls led aft to the helm station (2002).

Winches (12):

(2)Lewmar 64 CEST (2) speed electric primaries (2003).

(2) Lewmar 55 ST (3) speed spinnaker sheet (near mast currently frozen).

(1)Lewmar 46 (2) speed halyard (on mast).

(1)Barlow 24 (2) speed mainsheet (in cockpit).

(2)Barlow 26 (2) speed runner (in cockpit).

(2)Barlow 26 (2) speed halyard (on mast).

(2)Barlow 24 (2) speed halyard (on mast).

(3) Winch handle holders (in cockpit)

(5) Winch handles.


Icom VHF radio, installed insalon and in cockpit (2015).

Icom IC-M700 SSB (inspected and tuned, 2012).



Raymarine nav system (2012):

Cockpit touchscreen chartplotter (Navpod/Raymarine e97) & cabin nav station repeater, large screen (Raymarine e97) & Raymarine radar (display at nav station, array mounted on custom aluminum AwlGripped white pole mount on transom).

B&G Hydra 2000 Ocean Pack system with speed, log, wind & temperature functions (note: all new in 2001, transducers replaced in 2007).

Cockpit (in 2x custom teak instrument consoles mounted either side of the Companionway entrance); Port side: AWI (analog) & Hydra MFD & Starboard side: Magnified Wind (analog) & Hydra MFD).

Danforth Constellation binnacle compass.

Simrad Robertson AP22 (control unit at Helm Station, starboard side above engine throttle/shift lever, 2001, serviced 2014).

Ground Tackle

CQR plow anchor, 60 lbs. with 150” of chain rode.

Danforth anchor, 65 lbs. with 200’ rode and with 20’ of chain.


Swim ladder, flexible, removable (2013).

Hoist for outboard motor (2012, serviced in 2015).

Outboard motor bracket, teak (mounted on stern rail).

Barometer, Weems & Plath (new 2012).

Various charts.

Various large and medium sized bumpers, most with custom covers.

Many spare parts for all things mechanical.

Spare lines and tools.

Library of sailing books.


Offshore jack lines.

MOM 9.

Saftey nets around entire deck (2012, redone 2014).

Lifejackets – (6) vest lifejackets.

(4)Fire extinguishers (2016).

Flares (2016).


Bimini-custom by Gemini, Rockland, Maine (2012).

Dodger with stainless steel bows, tan Sunbrella.

Covers for custom instrument consoles in the cockpit, tan Sunbrella

Wind scoop forward hatch (2012).

Covers for the varnished teak grab rails at the companionway entrance, tan Sunbrella.

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.


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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(5953339)