1988 Nautor Swan 36 San Francisco, California

SKU: YW# 1448-3154607
Vessel type: Sailboats
Volvo 28hp


  • Year: 1988


  • Anchor Washdown
  • Autopilot
  • BBQ
  • Cockpit Shower
  • Dodger
  • Electric Head
  • Electric Windlass
  • Gas Stove
  • GPS
  • Heating
  • Radar
  • Swim Platform

Recent Upgrades


YW# 1448-3154607



Start a new chapter in the life of this beautiful Swan 36 with you featured at the helm.

A Brief History by previous owner….

“The story of how I got to know this boat: This is a boat that snuck up and bit me. Back in 2001 while working for West Coast Yacht, who had recently been awarded the Nautor Swan dealership, I was assisting a client to purchase a boat. A Norwegian, now living in Tacoma, this man had an affinity for Scandinaviaun yachts. Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, and other manufacturers were considered. Listed with the veteran Seattle Swan brokerage, McKee & Mooney, was a 1989 Swan 36 moored at Elliot Bay Marina. Our visit revealed a boat in need of some serious cleaning.

The current owner, Stimson Bullitt, a well known Seattle businessman, had purchased the boat in the Mediterranean and then sailed across the Atlantic to Florida and then trucked her to Seattle. In Seattle, the boat was largely unused. Her running rigging was green with mold. Discarded by gulls, clam shells covered the deck. The interior was a jumble of rusty cans and offshore gear left over from the crossing. Beneath the dirt and mold we saw an impressively designed and constructed yacht. After estimating the costs involved with bringing the boat back to “Swan” condition, my customer made an offer which was accepted.

While an annual Norway vacation took my customer away, I was tasked with getting the boat surveyed and sea-trialed. The survey revealed no significant issues. As I emptied locker after locker of boat stuff and inspected nook and cranny, my appreciation for the construction quality of this boat grew and grew. Cost was not an issue when Swan built this boat. Almost all hardware was constructed “in-house” to a level of fit and finish unavailable with “off the shelf” hardware. I had witnessed the machine shop, joinery shop, and other Nautor-Swan facilities only months before on a trip to Finland. After survey, Henry Hellisen, the listing agent, and I went sailing. To say “the feel and performance of this boat is intoxicating,” is an understatement. The helm is a perfect meld of strength and response; directionally stable and balanced, yet nimble. I was floored by how comfortable and fun it was to sail this boat. With survey in hand, I reported the findings to my customer who was still in Norway. After contemplating the “clean-up” project, he decided not to purchase the boat. Someone needed to buy the boat, clean it up and restore it to its original splendor. Since I worked for the Swan dealer, perhaps it made sense for me to own a Swan. And this was probably the most affordable one I would ever find. Justified and smitten I offered to purchase the boat for a relatively low price and was surprised when Mr. Bullitt accepted. So began my year-long project with Swan 36 hull number 103, renamed “Gosling.” Unfortunately my son, our first child, was born the day before we closed the boat. My wife was not thrilled about the time I was to spend working on the boat.

Paul Ziegler of NW Fiberglass compounded and buffed the hull and all other glossy gelcoated surfaces, painted the aluminum steering pedestal and winch bases, and lightly sanded the teak decks. I emptied and cleaned all lockers and spaces. We removed all running rigging and ran it through multiple wash cycles in an industrial machine to remove the mold. I replaced the smoked acrylic wrap-around ports and hatch lenses. I removed the cabin sole boards to my basement, stripped and applied eight coats of varnish as fumes wafted upstairs. Diesel heater, engine, sailing instruments, and autopilot were serviced. Canvas Supply Company reupholstered all interior soft goods, covered the steering wheel in elk-hide, and constructed a new dodger. All sanitary hoses were replaced. After six months of work, we moved her back out to Elliott Bay; in a gleaming state, returned to a proud condition. With the financial considerations of my larger family and the realities of work, I placed “Gosling” up for sale. In the spring of 2003, “Gosling” was sold to a Bay Area sailor, who was moving up from a Sabre 34. After cruising Puget Sound for the summer, I prepared the boat for shipment and Dudley Trucking transported her to Richmond, CA where the local Swan dealer commissioned her. For five years, she was sailed and well-maintained in San Francisco. I kept in touch with the very happy and enthusiastic owner. In the spring of 2008, a prior customer of Swiftsure Yachts contacted us. He was looking for a Swan 36 and had just returned from New England where he had been disappointed by the condition of a Swan 36 for sale there. This customer knew quality and had always kept his boats in top condition. Prior boats had included a Mason 44, Taswell 43, and most recently and Offshore 54 power yacht. Returning to sail but now looking for a smaller performance cruiser, he determined the Swan 36 to be the highest quality, mid-thirty foot performance cruiser every built. A call to the San Francisco owner of “Gosling” determined he was willing to sell as he was now ready for larger boat. Two days later, “Gosling” was inspected and immediately sold to her current owner who had her trucked back up to Seattle. Renamed “Breeza,” and sporting new North 3DL sails, new running rigging, and new electronics she looks fantastic.


Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 37 ft 1 in
Beam: 11 ft 9 in
LWL: 29 ft 7 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 9 in
Displacement: 14800 lbs

Total Power: 28 HP
Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Engine Model: 2003R
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 28 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (63 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (31 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 (15 Gallons)

Number of heads: 1

Interior Accommodations
Aquavit  has the standard Swan 36 three cabin layout.  The interior was built with Nautor’s light even-grained teak finished with a hand rubbed varnish.  The joinery work and detail is classic Swan quality.   6′ 2″ Headroom.Starting in the bow…the owner’s stateroom is forward.  Storage under berth and a hanging locker and shelves.  The head is next aft, port side , just forward of the mast.  The sink mixer converts to a shower.  The salon is very traditional with a folding teak drop leaf table and wide settee berths on each side.  All berths are 6′ 4″ long.  There are removable overhead panels of white vinyl and a teak and holly sole.  Wrap over windows provide amazing natural light below.  The interior is lit by numerous halogen Cantalupi lights.  A diesel furnace blows hot air throughout the interior.   The galley is on the port side aft of the salon.  It has a 3-burner gimbaled stove, top loading refrigerator, double stainless steel sinks, pressurized hot and cold water, storage behind the stove and sinks and extra drawers.   The Navigation Station has chart storage, swing out seat, electrical panel and displays fro electronics and navigation.  The aft cabin access is to starboard and has two berths that can be filled in to form one large berth.  Ample lockers shelves are located to starboard.Sunbrellas upholstery in staterooms (2002)Dark blue Ultraleather in salon (2002)Salon table protective cover (2008)(2) Cantalupi reading lights in salon (2004)

Koolmatic 12 volt top loading 4.2 cu. ft. refrigerator

Mobile Life 3 burner propane stove and oven – cutting board fitted top

Hot and cold pressure water system

Seawater foot pump

Goiot 34.18 opening hatch to cockpit

Custom exhaust hood and extractor fan

Spice Rack

Electronics & Navigation
Icom : M504 VHF radio with RAM mic in cockpit (2010)WindexRaymarine Smartpilot autopilot computer, compass and control head (2008)Cetrek hydraulic autopilot drive on independent rudder post armSuunto binnacle compassB & G cockpit display: MFD-360-455Ship’s time clock/barometerMagellan 5000 handheld GPSRay Marine E80 chart plotter display at helm (2008)

Ray Marine Raystar GPS (2008)

Ray Marine AIS250 receiver (2008)

Reiker inclinometer at companionway

Electrical Systems
12 Volt DC system50′ 30amp shorepower cableDigital voltmeter and ammeter110V AC electrical systemStatpower 10amp smart chargercustom Nautor Swan switch panel with watertight membrane switches(3) NSB210FT 12 Volt 209 ah AGM batteries (2008)Gel starting battery (2008)Battery isolation switch (2008)
Sails and Rigging
11 SAILS TOTAL140% North 3DL Marathon jib (2008)North Marathon 3 DL full batten main with 2 reef points (2008)Harken Battcar system (2008)Mainsail Cover (2008)EZ Jacks mainsail flaking system (2005)Full batten spare Doyle mainsailHeavy #1 GenoaLight #1 Genoa

#3 Genoa

#4 Genoa

Halsey Lidgard radial cut cruising genoa with foam luff and UV cover

Light “Quicksilver” genoa

Storm Jib

.75oz North Gennaker with ATN sock (1995 and turtle bag)

Double spreader Nautor aluminum mast – keel stepped

Reckmann headsail furling unit

Spinnaker pole

Jockey Pole

Navtec hydraulic backstay and vang on cockpit panel ( serviced 2017)

1 hydraulic pump handle

Removable babystay

(2) Lewmar ST46 self-tailing primary winches (2008)

(2) Lewmar ST 46 secondary winches

(4) Lewmar ST 40 self-tailing halyard/reef winches on coach roof

(4) Winch handles

Navtec Rod Rigging  ( Replaced at KKMI  2011)

Running rigging (2008) Including, but not limited to halyards, furling lines, traveller

Deck and Hull
Bottom painted October 2017Anchor roller with securing clampBow anchor well35 lb Bruce anchor with 100′ of 5/16″ chain and 250′ rodeLewmar stainless steel 12 V electric anchor windlass (2010)Double life lines – SS no coating ( gates new 2008)Scandinavian SS bow pulpit with teak seatStainless pushpit with boarding gateTwo SS handrails along coach roof

Huge cockpit locker with molded FRP sundial drain

Iverson Designs cockpit dodger (2010)

“Sugar Scoop” style transom

SS transom ladder with teak treads ( also mounts for stern gangway)

Elk hide covered steering wheel

12V portable spotlight

(2) boat hooks

Teak cockpit table

Assorted fenders

Knutsson cockpit speakers

Lifesling in soft rail-mounted case

Boom tent covering forward cockpit and companionway (2008)

Rail mounted SS Magma propane bar-b-que

Mechanical Systems
Volvo Penta model 2003R 28 HP diesel  – Fresh water cooledRacor fuel filterWater Pump and impeller (2017)Dripless shaft seal (2006)31.7 Gallon fuel tank – with electrical level indicatorSS propeller shaftTwo-blade MAX PROP (2002)(1) manual bilge pump operated in cockpitRule 2000 12V electric bilge pump with float switch

63.4 Gallon of water in two SS tanks with pressure pump and accumulator

15 Gallon holding tank

Propane solenoid switch

Diesel forced air cabin heater

20# alum propane tank

Water heater

Graco manual head ( rebuilt 2008)

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Contact the Agent

Chrissy Kaplan

Yacht Broker
Chrissy Kaplan has been a part of City Yachts, Gashouse Cove Marina, Inc. since the early 70s. She has watched generations of families transition from race boats, to cruising yachts and some even back to racing, just like her own family. Chris started racing Cal 20s on San Francisco Bay and has personally owned more than 40 boats of all shapes and sizes. Certainly a 1935 – 55ft Schooner SANTANA (Bogie’s Boat), which was fully restored and owned for over 15 years, was the most notable among the lot. Chris transitioned from sales to the broker role fully in 1992 when the family diversified, opening two Bay Area boat yards (Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Inc.) managed and run by her husband Paul Kaplan and their partner Ken Keefe. “I can easily put myself into every aspect of the yacht purchase scenario having been there so many times myself. I understand the…

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