Nautor's Swan
Club Swan 42 / NYYC 42

The Club Swan 42, also called NYYC 42, is a one-design produced by Nautor's Swan on the specifications issued by the New York Yacht Club (NYCC). This is the ninth one-design, and the second Swan, commissioned by the prestigious Yacht Club. The idea here is to provide a fast and versatile boat as capable of windward-leeward as offshore racing or cruising. To limit the arms race the class limits buttons at three new sails a year and none of the crew can be paid to race in class events.

The Club Swan 42 is a decidedly high-performance boat: building benefits from the infusion and carbon reinforcements to save weight, a special attention is paid for the placement of heavy items, there is for example the batteries in the center of the boat right next to the Mast-Jack ... She is also the first Swan to feature a retractable bowsprit for her to wear big asymmetrical spinnakers.

Inside we find the quality that made the famous Nautor's Swan but everything is handled in a more sober way to gain even more weight. The V-berth is removable to store sails and there are, for the crew, 4 real sea bunks in the saloon, the back rest flipping to the horizontal.

See the Club Swan 42 / NYYC 42's specifications on

Main Features

ShipyardNautor's Swan
ModelClub Swan 42 / NYYC 42
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerGerman Frers
Building years (first/last)2006 / 2013
Number built57
ConstructionGlass fiber/vinylester with carbon fiber reinforcement, monolithic bottom, sandwich deck and sides
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderDouble helm wheels
Main dimensions
Hull length42.6 ft
Waterline length38.8 ft
Beam over all12.9 ft
Draft8.9 ft
Light displacement15984 lbs
Ballast7055 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (9/10)
Rig materialMast in Carbon fiber and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea1175 ft²
Downwind sailarea2652 ft²
Mainsail area661 ft²
Genoa area515 ft²
Spinnaker area1991 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

56.6 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

18.9 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

59.1 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

16.4 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

60.2 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

17.6 ft


Ballast ratio44.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement162.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement365.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)35.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x D2-40
Engine power1 x 39 hp
Fuel capacity37.0 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeSaildrive
Propeller typeTwo-blade folding propeller


Fresh water capacity84.5 gal
Black water capacity14.5 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity27.7 gal

Based on specification2013

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