“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. 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 will go 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 will first cruise around Elba and Corsica. Mid July to mid August she will sail in the Greek Dodecanese waters around Patmos, sailing there from Scarlino with a stopover in Siracusa in Sicily (booking info here) and Athens Greece (booking info here). The return trip to Scarlino is as yet undecided. My wife and I might stay some more time in the Greek and Turkish waters around Bodrum, before setting sail for the return trip. (see under 'offshore').