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40′ Fisher Boat Works Sparkman and Stephens Sloop

This is one of only three Sparkman & Stephens designed Brasil & Makinac class sloops built at Fisher Boat Works in Detroit, Michigan. Better than any trophy, WILD SWAN won the hearts of her owners and earned their appreciation and labor before they even began rebuilding her. Having now enjoyed her for nearly two and a half decades after completely rebuilding her, her owners are ready to pursue other interests ashore. They have maintained WILD SWAN in lovely condition all along, and she is ready to begin a new life with another family. Only this time the work has already been done. She can be sailed and loved with only maintenance and no reconstruction necessary.

Year: 1947
Builder: Fisher Boat Works
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Located in Havre de Grace, MD
Hull Material: Wood
Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel


LOA: 40 ft 0 in
Beam: 10 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 11 in
Length at Waterline: 27’7.5″
Ballast: 8200

Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Engine Model: W-50
Engine Hours: 1000
Total Power: 41

Fuel: 32
Fresh Water: Portable

Deep draft, full keel, sailing auxiliary, with round bilges. It is one of three vessels built of this design (S&S No. 509), all at the same time, in 1947.
Deck and Hull: Mahogany planking over oak frames. The transom has an aft rake and a nice shape, painted mahogany over cedar, and has been extensively gone over and repaired during the rebuild. Planking is one inch thick Honduras mahogany. keel is oak/lead. The lead is 8,200 lbs. The rudder is oak with bronze strapping.
Structural Members: 1 inch Honduras mahogany planking. 1 ¾ by 2 inch mostly laminated oak frames, on 11 inch centers, glued with West epoxy mixed with chopped cotton. Fir bilge stringer. 5/16? white cedar hull ceiling. 1 inch by 1 ¾ inch cabin top beams on 9 inch centers. The cabin top is a double layer of fir plywood covered with canvas. The deck is 3/8 inch Ocoume plywood covered with 5/8 inch teak; it had been plywood covered with canvas. 1 ¼ inch by 1 7/8 inch deck beams are on 10 inch centers. 2 ½ inch by 4 inch clamp. Metal rods are run athwartship every four or five deck beams to tie the hull and inner cabin together. 1 ¾ inch floor timbers on 11 inch centers. Floor timber thickness and spacing varies in the length of the vessel. Stainless steel cross strapping is on the inner hull.
Fastenings: 16 bar by 2 inch bronze wood screws are used for plank fastenings replacing the original 14 bar fastenings, in part, to help clean up the old holes for the screws as well as the bungs in the original planking.
The toe rails are varnished mahogany.
Lifelines and Stanchions: Bronze stanchions
Deck: The deck was plywood covered with canvas. Replaced with 3/8? Ocoume plywood, and 5/8? bare teak decking with king plank. Seams are filled with two part polysulfide caulking.
Deck Surface: Bare teak. Excellent footing.
Superstructure: Cabin has varnished mahogany sides and the cabin top is a double layer of fir plywood covered with painted canvas.
Portlights: The forward cabin has two round opening portlights and two rectangular opening portlights. The main cabin has four rectangular opening portlights on each side of the cabin. Latches are available to hold them in the open position.
Hatches/Doors: A forward cabin top hatch is at the forepeak. It has a plexiglass top and wood frame. There are supports to hold it open, and a dog to hold it closed. A bronze folding step is mounted on the aft forepeak bulkhead to make exiting the hatch easier.
Cockpit: The cockpit is all varnished mahogany with a bare teak sole.

The main salon features a berth to port and a berth to starboard. Both berths are six feet six inches long. A fold down varnished table is mounted to the forward main salon bulkhead and offset to port. There are several lockers outboard of the berths, and a shelf. The galley area with the stove is aft to port with storage outboard, aft, and under. The galley sink is inboard of the stove to port. Opposite to starboard is the ice chest and VHF. The ice box is quite large, allowing room for a lot of ice as well as goods. There is storage outboard of the ice box to starboard, and storage aft to starboard under the cockpit. The cabin sole is varnished holly splined teak over plywood. The companionway steps are centered aft with non-skid treads. The ladder is hinged to fold up for access to the engine behind it. The bulkheads, hull ceiling, cabin top overhead, much of the planking, and berths, are painted white, and the cabin sides, sole, drawer faces, and lots of trim are varnished mahogany. Much of it has been completely rebuilt, and all is in keeping with a fine yacht in appearance and quality.
Next forward of the main salon is a head with a sink, toilet, and mirror. There is storage outboard, and a small locker is next to the head/sink. Two lockers are opposite the head to starboard.
In the forepeak is a v-berth with storage areas under the berths, and drawers in the vertical areas in the triangle aft. There is a small seat mounted in the forepeake as well.
Ventilation: Two Dorade boxes are on the cabin top, and a vent is over the galley area. One removable vent plate is on the fore deck. Most of the locker doors have ventilation cutouts in the shape of an anchor.
CNG Force 10 Stove, two burners with toaster.
Liquid Fuel Lights: A bulkhead mounted unit with stack heat shield is in the main salon.
Head: Wilcox Crittendon, Skipper model; Wet/dry manual head.
Electrical & Navigation

Batteries: Three gel batteries, 2007, 86 amp. hr. @20 Hr. rate, 700 MCA, form the house batteries bank, along with one 2005 battery of the same size and type that is the engine banks battery; for a total of four batteries.
Battery Charger: A Statpower True Charge 20.
Compass: Kelvin, Wilford, White Co. approximately 7 inch compass. It can be placed in cockpit brackets, or stowed below in brackets.
Depth Finder: Autohelm Tri-Data.
Knotmeter: Autohelm Tri-Data, with log.
VHF: Shakespeare model 2500.
Navigation Lights: Stern, side, masthead, steaming/bow lights, and a pair of spreader lights. The masthead light is a tri type.
Entertainment Systems: AM/FM, tape player.
Sails and Rigging

Rig Type: 7/8?s sloop.
Mast: Spruce. The mast partners on the cabin top is booted with canvas.
Standing Rigging: 1 X 19 stainless steel standing rigging.
Winches: No. 3, single speed bronze jib and mainsail halyard winches are on the mast. No. 6 single-speed bronze genoa winches. There is a mainsheet winch to port of the companionway. All are Merriman.
Mast Step: An oak mast step is over the keel, with bronze floor supports.
Additional Equipment

Anchor (s): Danforth H.T. 3000 working anchor, with 250 feet of ¾ inch nylon three strand line and a length of chain.
Stowage chocks are on the foredeck for the working anchor and it is suitably secured.
Large white sun tarp with poles
light weight nylon boom tent
heavy weight Sunbrella boom tent (when moored)
Full custom cushions for cockpit
Spinnaker poles
Six type II vests for persons over 90 lbs.
Two type III vests for adults.
Seven throw cushions.
Pistol and hand held flare kits
Two type ABC, Size B-1 Extinguishers
Q beam spotlight
flag and pole
spinnaker winches not installed
boat hook
several winch handles
thee water jugs
four fenders
dock lines
Boston barometer

Price $125,000
Name Wild Swan
Type Sail
Length 40 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Classification Sloop

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