Is it as good looking and well finished as it looks on the pictures? Well, yes and yes, in fact I could not find any visible difference regarding the quality of the Swan 65, that I saw in Dusseldorf last year and that is amazing not only because the finish of the 65 was truly top but also because this is a much cheaper boat.
Cheaper probably is not really the right word, let's say less expensive, but the truth is that this boat has a "very competitive price" even with boats like Solaris, X-yachts or Grand Soleil, I mean it is still a bit more expensive but not as much as it used to be, maybe a difference of about 150 000 euros for these ones and even less for an Hallberg Rassy of the same size.
Of course, 150 000 euros is a lot of money for almost all but if we say that the Swan 48 costs only about 15% more than similar sized boats of the brands above mentioned then you get my drift and it will explain why they have already made many boats and have many more on order, if I recall correctly above 40. The last one was sold for 935 000 euros, European taxes included (19 to 23%).
I believe this is already the sailboat of this price that has sold more, or at least that has more orders and this seems just the beginning.
I would not be surprised if this became the more successful Swan ever and for good reason: all who sailed the boat mentioned that is a sweet boat to sail with a nice sea motion and a very good feel at the wheel.
It is the slowest of all the boats that it competes with, I mean performance cruisers, but it is far from being a slow boat, the layout is very good, the overall quality is top including the interior finish.
A boat that everybody would be proud to own and a boat that would be at ease doing coastal cruising or ocean passages, even with a couple, a great sailing boat and a less exclusive Swan, one that will be affordable for a bigger number of sailors, if we compare with other recent Swans.