Severn Swan

About The Severn Swan


Severn Swan is a Samson-designed  C-Lord built and fitted out between 1975 and 1984 and registered in Gloucester, UK. She is a beautiful long keel boat up with a 5 sail schooner rig.


She is a strong and very capable blue water cruiser with over 50,000 miles under her keel and has circumnavigated the hard way (South Africa, Australia, Japan, Aleutian Islands, Alaska/ Panama). She has been finished to a very high standard and is a comfortable and dry globetrotting live-aboard with lots of storage and many creature comforts. She sleeps 6 in cabins and up to 8 (details under “Accommodation”) but can be handled easily by two people.  The layout, coupled with the large amount of deck space, would provide for an ideal home afloat for a family with children.


She has a Volvo Penta 75hp engine type (recently installed), a water maker, solar panels, wind generator, 4KVA diesel generator, diesel heating system and an SSB transmitter. We also have a good sized fridge, chest freezer, washing machine, gas hob/oven and lots of creature comforts.


The sale includes a 5 man zodiac inflatable and 8hp Tohatsu outboard motor.




Go back to top of page


Go to next page

A Yacht For Sale........

Severn Swan has a graceful sheer and a very traditional feel with her 5-sail schooner rig, varnished wooden bowsprit, teak handrails and toe rails, pin rails, spoked ship’s wheel, teak deck and a “pirate style” teak balustrade around the aft quarter of the deck. The interior continues the styling with teak and sapele joinery throughout in a robust high gloss finish and antique brass fittings.


We have received many compliments wherever we have taken her.  We are frequently approached by other yachties who come to ask about her and admire her. Those who have had a tour below decks eulogise about the spaciousness, light and standard of finish.  An experienced sailor who had undertaken a trans-Atlantic passage on her a few years ago sent us an unsolicited e-mail in which he expressed his pleasure that she was still being well looked after.  He ended with, “Of all the boats I have sailed on she is probably my favourite.”  We find she makes us friends wherever we go.


She is a comfortable and safe boat that eats the miles with a rig that is easily handled short handed. Whether you want to use her commercially for training, diving, skippered charter as a magnificent personal blue water cruiser or just as a fantastic live-aboard she represents a level of comfort, safety and style that you will not find on boats of many times the price.


Over the past few years we have poured our hearts and souls (as well as a lot of money) into this boat. Unfortunately our plans to sail permanently into the sunset have met with the reality of the human ageing process. We would love to sell our home afloat to someone that will appreciate and care about her as much as we do and perhaps take her away on that once-in-a-lifetime round the world trip.


She will be laid up in Fowey, Cornwall this winter (2016) but is otherwise ready to go.  Severn Swan is a very special yacht and has had a lot of money spent on her, only now for sale because of poor health, at a very realistic price


We will be happy to teach the buyer all the systems and procedures and be “on call” after purchase to answer questions.  





A little bit of history........

Severn Swan was built by a professional marine engineer in Eastbourne UK and then moved to Gloucester and then Falmouth for finishing and sea trials.  Following her circumnavigation she served as a dive boat in the Caribbean and then undertook skippered charter work for several years between Spain and the UK.  


We purchased her in 2006 from a retired Yachtmaster Ocean sailing instructor and professional boatbuilder.  Since purchase she has sailed between Spain and the UK and around the English Channel. She  has undergone a significant overhaul during this time, including a complete strip-out of the interior and re insulation of the inside of the hull and deck, a new engine/gearbox, installation of a generator, battery bank and inverter, replacement of all the electrics and plumbing, standing rigging and teak deck.  In all we estimate that we have spent well in excess of £200,000 on her.  



We have had tremendous fun in our yacht, Severn Swan. However, we now need to pass her on to someone else to continue the adventure, having been overtaken by ill-health and advancing age!

We have set up these web pages with the aim of providing a comprehensive description of her from bow to stern and describing what it is like to live on board. (NB: we originally thought that we might charter, hence our domain name, but then thought better of it!)

You can access individual pages of this site using the menu on the left, or use the “Go to next page” links at the bottom of each page.  Many of the photos can be enlarged by hovering over them and clicking and then using the BACK arrow to return. There is also a photo gallery at the end which is accessible from the menu.

Most of the content of this website (but not all of the photos) is contained in a pdf document which can be downloaded here for convenience. Please note that this document is 4.6MB in size.

To see this, and more Youtube video clips of Severn Swan in full screen mode  please click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ABt5F4M8bc2B RYepUhQSw