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1981 Nautor Swan 51

Lefkas, Greece


Swan 51 built 1981 to Frers design. Classic lined powerful and comfortable cruising yacht. Impressively maintained and equipped. 73hp Perkins, Bowthruster Generator, Windgen, Watermaker, Solar Panels, Mainsail 2018, other sails 2011, electric winches, Full Nav and Safety equipment.  Accom for 10 throughout, 2 electric heads, quality teak joinery, holding tanks. This yacht is equipped and ready to go. An eye turning classic Swan. In current ownership since 2013. “This yacht is equipped and ready to take you anywhere.” Australian Flag Euros 149,500 tax not paid

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Not Paid
Make: Nautor Swan
Model: 51
Year: 1981
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Nautor Swan
Designer: German Frers
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 51 ft / 15.54 m
Length Overall: 51 ft / 15.54 m
Waterline Length: 42'4 ft / 12.90 m
Beam: 14'8 ft / 4.48 m
Max Draft: 9'4 ft / 2.83 m
Min Draft: 9'3 ft / 2.82 m


Heads Count: 2
Boat Class: Cruisers, Antique and Classics


Williams and Smithells Ltd
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers


Williams & Smithells UK
Wicormarine Cranleigh Road, Portchester
Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR


Built by Nautor Swan 1981 aft cockpit Cruiser Racer with classic lines
Designer: German Frers
White GRP hull deck & structure
Full teak decks
Long fin keel – external, lead
New duplex s/s keel frame 2016. Preventative maintenance.
Deep spade rudder
Wheel steering
Fresh anti foul 2019

LOA: 15.60m 51'0
LWL: 12.9m 42’4
Beam: 4.49m 14'7
Maximum draft: 2.85m 9'3
Displacement: 42,000 lbs
Ballast: 16,500 lbs

Last structural survey on purchase 2013


Perkins 4.236 73hp Diesel (original) # LD15053U. 754070H
5000+ 633 hours in current ownership
Direct Shaft drive

Perkins: Serviced annually (oil, filters, belts, impeller, valve clearances).
Top end overhaul 2009 (UK). Spare Starter motor. Multi minor spares
Generator: Serviced annually. Spare filters, impellers, switches, sensors, capacitors
D 400 Spare bearings
HRO. Rebuilt ETD with new seals 2018. New feed pump 2019
Multiple spare filters, service kit spares

Side Power bow thruster.
Mastervolt generator Whisper 3.5kva (1840 hrs)
Eclectic Energy wind power genset D 400
HRO Seafarer Escape watermaker fully rebuilt 2018. 45 ltrs/hr


Domestic Batts 4 x 12v (new 2019)
Engine Starter Batts 2 x 12v, 2 x 105 (new 2019)
Generator Starter Batts 1 x 12v Vetus 105 (2017)
Bow Thruster Batts 4 x 12v Optima AGM (new 2019)

Available On-board Voltage(s) 12v, 24v, 230v & shore power
Charging by Engine, shore, solar, wind, generator
Victron Battery Charger 70amp
Solar Panels 4 x 100W. 1 x 140W
Mastervolt charger inverter 3000w
2 x small 12V inverters
Wind/solar installed 2013


Fuel:      2 tanks total 465 ltrs, s/s
Water:    5 tanks totla 530 ltrs, s/s
Holding: 3 tanks (2 black/1 grey-sink) 140, 25, 10. s/s, plastic, s/s

Rig and Sails

Sloop rigged
Navtec rod rigging replaced when purchased 2013.
Alloy mast
Hydraulic outhaul, vang and backstay.
Spars by Seldon Extruded Alloy
Spinnaker Gear: 1x alloy pole, 1x carbon pole, 1x whisker pole

Mainsail: Slab reefing (V deep 3rd),white, Cruising laminate by DK Sails Greece (2018)
Reaching: Furling, gold, Racing laminate by Elvstrom (2011)
Jib/Staysail: Gold, Racing laminate by Elvstrom (2011)VGC
Spinnaker: Cruising, white, dacron (2011)
Storm Jib/Trysail: white, dacron, old

Additional Rig/Winch/Sails:
Heavy #3, gold, racing laminate, VGC
Reckmann RS 2000 Furling System
Hydraulic adjustment for Backstay, Outhaul and Boom Vang (Baby Stay removed)
Genoa Sheet: 2 x Lewmar, 3 speed, Massive coffee grinders
Spinnaker Sheet: 1 x Lewmar, 2 speed 44
Halyards: 1 x Lewmar, Electric 45
Main: 2 x Lewmar, 2 speed 46
Runners: 2 x Lewmar, 2 speed 55

Additional winches:
3 x Reefing Lewmar 2 speed 48
1 x Furling (genoa/spinnaker) Lewmar electric 50
1 x topping lift Lewmar 2 speed 44


Accom for 10 throughout in 3 cabins, 1 double, 8 singles incl 3 saloon berths
2 electric TMC heads, 2 showers
Full teak joinered interior to high Swan standards.
Fabric over leather upholstery (new)
Floors sanded and resealed

Forward. Two separate sleeping areas totalling 4 bunk berths.
Shared head with en-suite for separate cabin.
Main saloon has 2 bunks to port with further sleeping to starboard.
After cabin has a double and single berths.


Sigma Marine 60 ltr calorifier
Techimpex cooker with oven, 3 hobs
Twin s/s sinks
Separate Dometic fridge and freezer 2015.
Cooking utensils sets for 10+
CD Radio, Apline (temperamental)
Old TV never used by current owners
Electric and gas toaster and kettle.
Spare portable stove.
Six sets of bedding.
Tools including electric sander, polisher, drills, heat gun, hot knife, multi sets of spanners etc
2 x dremels, vacuum cleaner.
Fans to all bunks
Insect screens to all hatches (except fwd head)


Lewmar 24v anchor winch fully rebuilt 2018.
25kg Delta anchor with 70m 10g chain
15kg Danforth anchor with 10m 6g chain

Extensive warps 20+
Various size fenders approx. 16
Custom built bimini, solid for solar panels
Old winter covers
Deck shower
Swim ladder
Boarding ladder

Hook and moor 2.9 telescopic
Stern shore lines x 2. 70 and 50m
Dock lines x 8. Rubber/chain dock attachments x 2
Custom boom mounted shade awning
Spare fuel canisters, 7 x 20 litre diesel. 2 x petrol, small and spare tank


Compass: Ritchie
Speed Log: B&G
Wind Indicator: B&G
Echosounder: B&G
GPS: Furuno/B&G
Plotter: 2 laptops, 1 x world unlocked, 1 x Med wide
Autopilot: Simrad Hydraulic ram, custom mounting
NavTex: Furuno
Radar: Furuno
VHF: 2 x M71
1 x IC 35
SSB Radio: iCom M801E
Onboard Wireless Network: Mo B/B modem
AIS receiver/transmitter: Comar CSB 200


Raft RIB 2.8m (2017) carried on foredeck
Yamaha 5hp (4 stroke) service 2017


Life rafts (8 person x 2) RFD Zodiac. Avon
Serviced 2017/2018
Life vests (6)
Fire extinguishers - 5 plus auto engine & galley pressure pack
Dan bouy
Life buoys x 2
Grab bag
Radar reflector – not fitted
Gas alarm
In date flares
Emergency tillers
Electric (3) and manual (2) bilge pumps
Sea me radar enhancer
ACR SART Transponder
CO alarm
GPS and EPIRB in Grab Bag
Night red lighting throughout
Binoculars x 3

The condition or level of safety equipment on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be used to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second hand gear.

Should you become the new owner of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

Owner Comments

Multiple trips to UK and Caribbean for previous owners. ARC rally. Antigua Race week. Swan Cup, we have cruised Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Albania and Montenegro

She has been a wonderful experience to own and taken us from one end of the Med to the other, always drawing favourable comments from passers by and other boat owners. She is fast on all points of sail in any wind but very light winds. We have seen 14.6 knots off the wind and went below and boiled the kettle.

During our ownership since 2013 the following work and upgrades have been done:

Re-galvinised anchor chain
Fully rebuilt anchor winch with deck switches
Winches serviced annually
Hatches resealed with new rubber seals
Rudder rebuilt with new bearings
Hard Bimini with solar panels
Wind generator D400
House batteries replaced
Start batteries replaced
Generator batteries replaced
Fully reconditioned water maker
Keel frames replaced with 2210 inox instead of galvanised steel.
Rod rigging replaced
Cooker replaced
Electric toilets (2) new
Additional holding tank fwd, and under sink (grey water) needed for Turkey
Flooring recoated .
Deck resurfaced with ongoing annual maintenance.
Stern lines with bags
Most running rigging replaced
Tender and 4stroke outboard replaced. Motor crane for easy handling.
New fully battened mainsail. One season old.
Fabric upholstery replaced over good leather.
Bow thruster (Side Power) fitted with separate battery bank.
Perkins engine instruments replaced, alternators and starter motor replaced.
Boom fitted with full shade awning
Life rafts (2) one in service, one a year out of service
Autopilot head unit replaced, hydraulic ram rebuilt with robust connection to quadrant
Monitor wind vane steering fitted
Electric winches (2) for Main/Genoa halyards and headsail furling.
Fridge and freezer units replaced
Water and fuel tanks cleaned
New antifouling completed May 19.
New spray Dodger

Title Documents and Tax

Listed below are the documents/or copies of what we have seen on listing this yacht.

Current Australian Certificate of Registry
Copy Bill of Sale to current owners 2013
Copy of VAT tax paid documents 2006 on import to UK (She is now Tax not paid)
Copy builders Certificate to 1st American owner 1981

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