Design: Samson C-Lord, long keel schooner with transom hung rudder
LOA (on deck): 54 ft (16.4 m)
Length over bowsprit and boomkin: 66.6 ft (20.3 m)
LWL: 50 ft (15.2m)
Beam: 15’4” (4.66m)
Draught: 7’3” (2.3m)
Air draught: 16.8m (17.7 inc aerial)
Rig: 5 sail schooner + cruising chute
Sail Area: 125m2 plus asymmetric cruising chute of 110m2
Engine: Volvo Penta D2-75hp
Fuel capacity: 1200L
Water capacity: 600L (+ watermaker)
Accommodation: 6 in private cabins plus 2 in the saloon/pilot house. Potential for
two extra (small) children or cot in the master cabin.
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
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.
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
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
SEVERN SWAN HAS NOW BEEN SOLD
WE HOPE THAT HER NEW OWNERS WILL HAVE MANY MEMORABLE AND HAPPY ADVENTURES IN THE
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 herefor convenience.Please note that this
document is 4.6MB in size.