The SYH boatyard team has been busy over the autumn-winter with the arrival of two Sparkman & Stephens designed Swan sailing yachts. Hailing from the south coast, Swan 48 Snow Wolf usually spends her time between the UK and the Caribbean cruising and racing. Meanwhile, Wales-based Swan 43 Siren has a round-the-world adventure in her sights.

Above: Swan 48 Snow Wolf in the spray bay at the SYH workshops

In need of a makeover ahead of next season, Swan 48 Snow Wolf has had her hull filled and faired before a full Awlgrip system was applied above and below the waterline. Onsite businesses Evolution Rigging and Seapower Marine Electronics will service the yacht’s rigging and electrics.

Above: Swan 48 Snow Wolf
Above: Swan 48 Snow Wolf

Having travelled the breadth of the country, Swan 43 Siren is in the SYH workshops before her young owners take her cruising around the world. She is undergoing a full teak deck refurbishment as well as having her hull blasted before a full Coppercoat application is applied. The topside and superstructure will also be resprayed.

Above: Swan 43 Siren undergoing deck repairs

As with many of the early S&S designed yachts, Siren originally had a trim tab rudder, which was later faired over. Trim tab rudders incite debate for the trade-off between the lift benefits when sailing upwind versus the extra drag created by the second rudder. In this case, Siren’s trim tab rudder is being restored and SYH has reinstated the original mechanisms.

Ahead of her adventure, Siren will have a new engine, her spars will be repainted and her rigging will be serviced and replaced where necessary.

SYH boatyard services director Joshua Major commented, “Suffolk Yacht Harbour has a long association with refit and repair work on Swan yachts. It’s great to have two projects coming from across the UK to make the most of the facilities and skills onsite.”

For more information on boat refits and repairs, please contact SYH boatyard services director, Joshua Major: or 01473 659 465.