A size both popular and pivotal to the fortune of Nautor, the 48 drew plenty from the successful pioneering development of the 60. The Swan 48's fine entry forward, her modern flared topsides, and her flat run aft with beamy, powerful stern sections link her to the proven success of her bigger sister. The options for several versions demonstrate Nautor's clear acknowledgment that the needs of cruising and competitive yachtsmen require separate solutions, although some details remain common. The design of her deck layout makes her manageable and easy to be handled by a small crew - or thrown around a race course by a full regatta team. Primary, secondary, and mainsheet winches are all within comfortable reach from the deep after cockpit. Halyards and other control lines are led back to the forward crew pit cockpit, ensuring that each working area remains unobstructed and extremely efficient, whatever the type of sailing. In her cruiser - racer form, the Swan 48 is fitted with a masthead rig and a modest draft of 2.40m. A 15-16th fractional version is available as an alternative cruiser - racer rig.