“Per molti, è la barca più elegante di tutti i tempi. Linee classiche, armo a ketch, capace di grandi prestazioni. “To many the most elegant yacht of all times, classic lines, ketch rigged, capable of great performance.” Quote about Peak from -40 Anni di passione di mare- in the italian magazine Vela, the land of the homeport of Peak.

PEAK is the first of the famous Sparkman and Stephens-designed Swan 65 ketch line. In less than three (3!) years she will have her 50th anniversary. This line of yachts is world famous, known for their superior hull strength, control in any sea state, sea kindly sailing characteristics and fine turns of speed; the Swan 65 is a timeless classic.

PEAK’s classic interior is in typical Nautor style with matte-finish teak. She features a few modernizations for extra comfort, such as a wider owner’s bed, separate shower stall in the owners cabin and improved salon seating, among other details. The salon is particularly comfortable and the open-plan galley is very well equipped.

My wife and I are passionate sailors from the Netherlands. I - Pieter Houting- am proud to be part of the generation of sailors who live the passion of an almost foregone area. For my 20th birthday, back in 1978 (..) I received a book featuring the Swan 65 Sayula II, hull number 3 of the series produced Swan 65. She won the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74, despite being fully fitted for cruising. In 2003, Swan 65, hull number 001 "PEAK" crossed my path and my wife and I did not hesitate a moment. Since we have sailed extensively with our family and friends in the western Med from our homebase Scarlino, as well as sailed to and from the Netherlands twice. Now that the children are studying, we are looking to share our passion for sailing PEAK. I have been sailing with 'charter' guests since 2014, much to my pleasure.We bought PEAK in Stockholm in 2003 and brought her back to an immaculate state at the Dörr shipyard in Lemmer, Holland. Thereafter regular maintenance and upgrades have been undertaken by Scarlino Yacht Service, Nautor’s Swan’s Mediterranean base.

In 2011 she was re-fitted with a new aluminum toe rail amongst other works- by the famous ‘Cantiere Navale Dell’Argentario’ shipyard in Porto S. Stefano (Italy). Spring 2018 she has gone back to Argentario to re-generate her teak deck. She is truly in a superb condition. The existence of her original drawings at Nautor permit to keep her in an ‘as new’ condition. 

In the Spring of 2014 she sailed effortlessly the 3000nm to Amsterdam. In 2015 she sailed back to her Mediterranean berth in Scarlino. After some family sailing and a 2 week trip around the isle of Corsica she was put asleep for the winter. In 2016 she sailed extensively throughout the Western Med, visiting amongst other places; Palma, Ibiza,Corsica, the Almalfi coast, Volcano Islands and Sicily. In 2017 she participated once again at the Rolex Giraglia Cup in St Tropez and cruised around Elba, Corsica and Sardinia. In 2018 we cruised around Elba and Corsica. From mid July to end August she sailed in the Greek Dodecanese waters around Patmos, sailing there from Scarlino with a stopover in Siracusa in Sicily and Patras in Greece. In 2019 we went on a 6 week trip to Northern Sardinia and southern Corsica. Good sailing in the Maddalena Archipel and beautiful moorings in the old ports of Bonifacio and Olbia.

May 2020 she went ashore at Scarlino Yacht Service, the Mediteranean base for Nautor's Swan Global Service in Italy. In 2021 she has received a new bottom and shaft, an upgrade of all systems and new communication equipment to prepare her for our voyage first to the Canaries and then to The Caribbean. 

Lastly we installed a seawater foot pump in the left galley sink. Ready for rinsing the plates before washing them. The mere fact we have again such a simple, trustworthy system on board once again, made us feel that PEAK is ready for us and happy once again to see the world. 

Now in the Caribbean, we sailed her with just the two of us. Having upgraded the battery pack to 840 Amp hours we were able in combination with the reliable Onan generator to stay afloat for weeks on end, without ever finding the need to enter a marina. She has proved seaworthy, reliable and easy to handle with our new cruising sails and aluminium rib. 
Sailing well into the hurricane season we encountered Bonny and other storms, but never felt any danger because she is easy to prepare for bad weather. 

Seeking shelter in Peake's Marina in Trinidad we realised this was the opportunity to prepare her for her 50th birthday. And thus we have decided on a new teak deck. In Europe we have been looking for years for the right teak. We have asked for quotes at many known yards, which we have used in the past. In the process I even got one of the yard owners telling me that as a businessman he would recommend the new teak, but as a friend he would advise me against it because he was not happy with the quality. Furthermore some of the most renowned Teakdeck suppliers from Scandinavia even admitted that they would only start to look for teak in the market once we had put down a 60% down payment on their quote... So when I saw the teak in Trinidad the choice was easy. On top of that we found Craftline Woodworking to be the ideal partner for this project. Having done a beautiful Teakdeck job on a Spirit 57, it is now Peak they are motivated to work on. 

So our plans have changed. No circumnavigation any more. Instead we will cruise and charter in the Caribbean next year and participate at a number of regatta's over there before sailing via Bermuda and the Azores back to her base in Scarlino Italy.