On her mooring in Stonington Harbor Connecticut. New Mizzen fabricated this past off season at Concordia Yard, South Dartmouth MA, Wild Swan (Hull #25), is an authentic example of this successful, desirable and classic yawl. She has been fully maintained, in good structural condition and is well equipped. Her current owner had Wild Swan completely rebuilt and comprehensively restored by Triad Boatworks in 2003-2004. An illustrated project description is available. She had a new 30 HP Yanmar installed in 2010. Raymarine navigation instruments and autopilot. Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond sails.
Wild Swan has had fresh varnish on her brightwork topsides and below. Forward planking replaced and re-caulked at Concordia spring 2016. Fresh paint and head rebuilt (2015). Wild Swan will be cared for and actively used until sold. She can be viewed by appointment.
WILD SWAN (#25) was originally built in 1955 at Abeking and Rasmussen shipyard, on the banks of the River Weser, Lemwerder, Germany. She was rebuilt with commitment to virtually “a new boat” standards and condition by Triad Boatworks, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts in 2003-2004.
The carvel planked hull is fabricated with African mahogany upon white oak stem, frame and beams with silicon bronze fastenings, stem and keel bolts. She has an oak backbone, deadwood and floor timbers. Full keel, with propeller set in rudder aperture. She has an iron keel and the rudder is mahogany. The house sides are varnished mahogany, the cabin top is now gel coated fiberglass over pine (Cove Landing Marina, Lyme, Connecticut 2012). Some forward planking replaced and bow topsides and below re-caulked 2016 at Concordia, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The interior bulkheads are the original European knotty pine. The decks are laid teak over marine plywood. Bronze stanchions with varnished teak toe rails, handrails and trim (2015). Atop the cabin house there is a bronze Charley Noble flue for the cabin heater and bronze dorade ventilator. The yacht’s finish is white with blue boot and cove, fresh green bottom paint.
|Accommodations and layout below|
The traditional cabin plan of WILD SWAN is typical of the Concordia class with comfortable berths for four. In the forepeak is a sail bin with slatted floor. Twin folding green canvas pipe berths in the fo’c’sle with settee lockers beneath. The forward cabin also has reading lights and butterfly overhead hatch for ambient light and ventilation. The hatch can also act as a wind scoop with canvas held up by bronze wire bail. Two round opening bronze ports are forward. To port and abaft the forward cabin through mirrored door is the head with Raritan manual toilet (reconditioned 2015 with 6 gallon holding tank), vintage vanity athwartships (with fresh water hand pump), medicine cabinet, linen hamper, locker space and opening port. Bookshelves are outboard. When the paneled locust door to the forecastle is closed two hanging lockers are assessable from the starboard side.
In the main cabin the Pullman/Concordia style berths port and starboard keep the bedding stowed and out of sight and double as backrests when up for the very comfortable fitted Temper-Pedic filled settees. Outboard of the berths are shelves, book shelves and slatted lockers. The drop leaf table is just to port of centerline. The knotty pine paneling gives the Concordia a distinctive New England charm, the joiner work and trim is locust. Round varnished teak grab rails are fastened to the overhead. Headroom is 6’3″ in the main saloon.
The interior cushions are dark Concordia green corduroy and include back and side bolsters. Interior 12 volt lamps and brass oil lamps.
On WILD SWAN the teak sole has been left unfinished and authentic. Easily removed for access to the bilge. The large varnished wood butterfly opening main hatch/skylight aft of the mainmast is oversized to provide ample ventilation and ambient light. Luke propane soapstone/brass heating stove is on the forward bulkhead. Cooking on top is possible with fiddle rails. The bronze Charley Noble is retained, but is not connected in this improved system. The galley is aft to port with a Luke gimbaled two burner propane stove, stainless steel sink and with a stainless steel lined ice box abaft to port (SeaFrost engine driven refrigeration). Two ports off the aft bulkhead open into the cockpit. The 30HP Yanmar diesel engine is located partly under the bridge deck and partly under the cockpit deck. Easily reached when required by means of removable pine panel and covers.
The companionway ladder leads out to the cockpit. The Raymarine RL70C GPS chartplotter/Radar is mounted on the starboard swinging bracket in the companionway, the Raymarine multi displays to port on the cabin house bulkhead. The self bailing cockpit is finished in bare even grained teak. Covers for hatches. Tiller steering, with folding (up against mizzen) tiller. Portside locker contains aluminium fuel tank, starboard contains manual bilge pump. Engine controls in starboard locker. Cockpit seats taper aft, sheets are easily handled from the helm. Aft lazerette for storage. Cockpit cushions are light green.
|Deck, ground tackle and sundry equipment|
Decks are teak over marine plywood, solid locust cleats, bronze chocks, bronze stanchions and bases. Double lifelines, bronze bow pulpit. Anchor rode pipe in foredeck for easy utilization.
Bower: 35lb CQR anchor with chain and nylon rode. Kedge: Fisherman. Wooden boathook. Fenders. Fire extinguishers, ship’s bell, Manual air horn, personal flotation devices (Types II and V). 12 volt bilge pumps, manual bilge pump in cockpit.
|Sails & Rigging|
Yawl with 7/8 fractional rig with well constructed glued-up varnished box sectioned Sitka spruce masts. Self tending jib club boom, with bronze traveller. Spinnaker pole. Reaching strut. The boxed mainmast is keel stepped on elongated and deeper than original specs oak step reinforced with stainless steel with a mast step/tie rod system (Triad 2004), which increase bending stiffness and prevent compression loads from the mast compromising floor frames. New mizzen constructed by Concordia 2016. Chainplates are bronze and are through bolted to structural members. Standing rigging is 1x 19 stainless steel wire. Primary winches are a pair of Lewmar #46 self tailing mounted on mahogany bases; on the mainmast are two Lewmar #30s. The mainsheet block and tackle traveller is located on the raised bridge deck. The mizzen also has a block and tackle traveler. Bronze genoa track mounted on toe rail for genoa sheet cars. Wood cheeked Merriman blocks retain original character and have either been recently replaced or refurbished (2016). Varnished locust cleats on winch platforms. Main, genoa and mizzen sails are Hathaway, Reiser and Raymond with corresponding tan sail covers.
|Electronics and Navigational equipment|
Ship’s system voltage is 12 volt DC. The two 12 volt DC batteries (one Group 24 and one Group 27) are located in battery box along starboard side of the engine with rotary master switch. Copper stranded wiring. Circuit breakers electrical distribution panel located aft of galley. Iota 30 amp shore powered battery charger (via extension card dockside) and engine alternator (underway or at idle) provide charge. Navigation lights, 12 volt interior lights in main cabin, head and forecastle.
|Engine and mechanical|
30 HP 3YM30 Yanmar diesel installed 2010, with 230 hours, closed freshwater cooling with heat exchanger. Kanzaki transmission (Ratio2.62:1). Good access to engine for maintenance and checks through removable cabinetry. Tiller steering, three bladed bronze 15″x8″propeller with stainless steel shaft.
The Concordia yawl has simple timeless elegance, harmonious lines and superb sailing qualities. Wild Swan has had a distinguished career, and has cruised the coasts of New England for 60 years. Well known locally and farther afield, Wild Swan is a handsome and authentic example of this beloved class. With her level of reconstruction, upkeep and maintenance she presents an outstanding opportunity for purchase.
|Summary of Wild Swan Restoration 2004, Triad Boatworks|
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.
Rudders and Moorings LLC, Stonington Office:
Howard Taylor @ Varykino, 2 Kidd’s Way, Stonington, Connecticut 06378