Name: RITA
Length: 57' 5" (17m)
Beam: 15' 11" (4.85m)
Year Built / Refit: 1991
Engines: 1 x Perkins 4M135
Staterooms: 4
Flag: Germany
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The Swan 55 is a break-away design for Nautor.  She is a yacht dedicated to cruising. The vast centre cockpit is both safe and comfortable.  The rig and deck plan are designed to facilitate short handed use.  The engine is the most powerful ever installed as standard in a Swan of this size and is situated in a walk in engine room together with a generator and water maker.

RITA was completed and commissioned late in 1991.  This yacht was specified by an experienced owner. The original name was “Arab Light” and then “Gracia”.  Sold to the current owner in 1994. He has utilised her for family sailing – mostly in the west Med area but also with four crossings to the Caribbean in the past.  He has also competed in a few races such as the Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia; Bermuda-Azores; ARC transatlantic.  Most winters the yacht has been stored ashore and covered.

RITA is well equipped and in good condition. Under this ownership she has been maintained by the same skipper.  Many upgrades have been made including new teak deck (approx 2000) and new rod rigging (approx 2007). Also instruments and water-maker have been updated and the refrigeration system was all new in 2016. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an example of this popular cruising Swan design at a most realistic price.


Hull and Deck

Hull of glass-fibre reinforced polyester by hand-laid method, alternative layers of mat and roving.
Ballast keel is a lead casting wuith antimony. Cast in keel bolts of high tensile stainless steel.
Further standard build information available.
White hull with blue cove and coaming stripes.
Extended reverse transom, LOA 17.49m (57.39').
Teak laid side decks, cabin trunk and sun deck – teak replaced in 2009/10 13mm at time.
Recessed Lofrans Falkon 1500 anchor windlass including fold up rope drum rollers, chain pipe and box with manual drain pump, 2 foot switches and stainless through deck hawse pipe and cover plate.
CQR and Danforth anchors with chain and warp plus a spare.

Gate in pushpit on starboard side.
Gangway fitting at stern
Gates in lifelines port and starboard.

Outboard bracket on pushpit
Fold up stainless transom ladder
Side mounting swim ladder

Lewmar Winches:

Genoa sheet winches (upgraded at build) to 2 x Lewmar 66 CEST electric
2 x 55 self tailing aft on coaming (runners)
1 x 43 self tailing for mainsail track
2 x 46 self tailing on deck forward
On mast – 1 x 52; 1 x 43; 2 x 46
Mainsail sheet upgraded (under current ownership) to a Lewmar 50 self tailing electric winch


Four cabin interior with following amendments from standard:

Fore-cabin: crew toilet, shower and wash basin in forecabin, with curtain to separate from cabin which has two berths, seat and stowage.

Guest cabins: upper/lower berths with two drawers under each lower berth, hanging lockers..

Saloon: full length settee on starboard side, usable as a sea berth; (there is no centre-line seat & bar unit anymore).  Three folding stools.

Wine locker under the saloon table.

Aft cabin: with two large single/small double berths, one to port and one to starboard; small seat on port side; vanity unit in centre, facing aft with stool

Galley equipment

4 burner Alpes Inox cooker and oven

Main Systems


Perkins 4 M135 86.5 kw (116 shp) at 2800 rpm, with Hurth hydraulic rev./red. gear 2.52:1
Engine hours at July 2017: approx 7000 (hour meter changed twice).
3 blade Max-Prop feathering propeller - as standard.


Westerbeke BTD 9.4 kva diesel generator, overhauled 2000. Approx 5000 hours at July 2017


Electric bilge pump, manual and auto control
Deck shower, hot and cold fresh water
One holding tank for forward and aft guest heads, with electrical discharge pump
Vacuflush toilets, fresh and salt water flushing
Water-maker, HRO system


Isotherm refrigerator and freezer system, 24v (installed new in ?) - (two compressors, one for the fridge and one for the freezer – can be swapped over in case of one failing).


Marine Air 21000 BTU total with reverse heating mode, incl separate shore power inlet. Has had new compressor etc.

Electrical Equipment

Shorepower 220v 25A including land connection cable, polarity alarm, and outlets
12 service batteries – 2v each by Tudor, approx 4 years.
Engine start batteries x 2; 1 x genset, all recent approx 1 / 2 years.
Victron Skylla battery charger 24v / 75A, 220v
Inverter – Atlas 24v/300A
LED lighting in interior.
Spreader deck lights.  Boom light above cockpit
Hella Turbo fans, one in galley and one in crew cabin

Navigation Equipment

Autohelm ST 60 instrumentation (upgraded from ST50), including:
Repeaters over companionway - speed/log, depth, wind, close hauled/VMG - in cockpit;
ST60 Multi at chart table
Autohelm ST 50 Navcentre chart plotter at chart table, with 5 cartridges (old)
Raymarine ST7002 hydraulic autopilot –  (motor in engine room )
Sailor RT 2048 VHF, antenna at mast-head
Sailor T2130 SSB, with insulated backstay and grounding cage
Raymarine hand held VHF, RAY 100E
Furuno 1623 Radar, scanner on mast, interfaced to speed/log and GPS
Fastnet radio CMD56 decoder (only used to receive Navtex)
Garmin GPS 152H
Furuno GPS/WAAS GP32
Acer Travel Mate C100 PC system plus mouse & keyboard including MaxSea chart system
Suunto pedestal compass
Sailor VHF DSC RM2042 (not working but still installed)

Entertainment Equipment

Samsung TV
LG DVD/CD player
JVC MP3 radio/CD player
Pioneer speakers in saloon, Sony speakers in cockpit

Rig and Sails


Mast-head sloop rig, Nautor anodised aluminium spars.
I = 21.15m (69.39')
Navtec hydraulic system, panel at pedestal – vang and backstay.
Navtec discontinuous rod rigging, changed in March 2009 (by Yachttech, Oliver Blume)
Reckmann R4 manual furling headstay
Removable inner stay
External Harken mast track for fully battened mainsail, with Harken Series B special roller bearing cars, and Lazy Jack ssystem on mast and boom
Full running rigging incl sheets, guys, downhaul, preventer etc.
Spinnaker pole and jockey pole.


By Polish sailmaker Narwal

Nº 1 genoa (new) only one week use.
Main, Spectra
Nº 1, Spectra
Nº 2 – good, used for race
Nº 2 - ok
Nº 3 Solent jib
Nº 3 jib

Spinnaker x 3 (light, medium and heavy) all ok.


“Venezuelan” tender, rollaway system, stows in aft locker.

Yamaha 15hp outboard

Deck gear:

Large cockpit table.
Cockpit upholstery and cushions for aft deck, with blue towelling loose covers
Cover for wheel and compass.
Mainsail cover.
Sun awning
Big winter cover (currently in south Spain near Almeria)
Carbon fibre aft  gangway


Eight person life-raft with canvas cover, (in service).
Horseshoe lifebuoys and brackets.
Jonbuoy Danbuoy
Life jackets and harnesses
EPIRB emergency beacon.
First aid kit.
Fire extinguishers and fire blanket

Lots of spares on board.