For Sale: Swan 78 - VALKYRIE

ModelSwan 78
LocationPalma de Mallorca - Spain
Hull NumberCustom
LOA78 ft 0 in
Beam18 ft 8 in
Draft9 ft 3 to 14 ft 1 in
PriceEUR 1,695,000

Delivered in 2007, VALKYRIE is a 78 ft custom yacht built by Nautor’s Swan. VALKYRIE fills the role of Bill Tripp’s concept of a Café Racer, a fast, sleek and comfortable yacht. She features a carbon hull, deck and mast blended with a light weight and light color interior and a race friendly deck layout.

Thanks to a lifting keel system, the yacht affords superb sailing qualities with deep draft and easy access to shallow harbors with the keel lifted.

Powered by a modern sail plan, VALKYRIE utilizes the latest improvements in sail handling such as retractable bowsprit, furling headsails and asymmetric spinnakers, as well as code zeros.

The deck is composed of a low profile coachroof house and a flush foredeck with flush hatches. Guests can relax in the comfort of the large dedicated cockpit, with flush dodgers, which are well separated from the spacious, well conceived aft sailing cockpit.

The hull construction uses advanced composites with pre-preg carbon and Corecell core. VALKYRIE has a teak laid deck with large well-positioned flush mounted deck hatches providing high levels of natural ventilation to all cabins. The deck layout has been developed to provide fast and easy sailing through slab reefing and roller furlers on the jib, staysail and code zero. Harken hydraulic cross tracks are installed for sheeting in the jibs and staysail, operated by push button at primary winch stations allowing
 you to get the very best performance out of VALKYRIE.

The slim keel box is integrated into the interior design from the outset, forming the bulkhead of 
a major cabin, while tying the deck, hull, and mast step together as the main structural element. The yacht has a fully fitted out interior. A central, open, saloon capable of hosting 6 to 8 guests in both a dining and a seating area. The style of the interior is elegant
 and modern, yet functional, blending honey European maple furniture with dark grey leather upholstery.

As one would expect on
 a yacht of this design and quality of build, all the joinery is beautifully finished with soft rounded corners and capable but understated fiddles to retain items when heeled. All lockers are closed with flush mounted retractable catches and the interior is well lit when required with both deckhead and reading lights. The cabinetry uses foam-cored panels to reduce weight.

The Owners Cabin is forward where it provides a well-proportioned cabin with a queen size bed, en-suite facilities and copious storage space, including hanging lockers. Further aft there are three guest cabins; two are double berth with en-suite heads and the other with twin bunks. As with the owners cabin they also feature good storage areas and hanging lockers.

The Crew area is located
 in the stern, with an independent companionway hatch to the sailing cockpit. This area is practical, spacious and private. It is composed of a well-appointed galley, a dedicated and recently upgraded nav station and a double bed crew cabin.

Currently lying in the Mediterranean, VALKYRIE can be viewed by appointment. For more information, contact our office in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

In addition to this listing description VALKYRIE has her own website that can be viewed by clicking here.


The hull is a foam cored carbon fibre pre-preg construction

Structural bulkheads in carbon with foam core

Carbon composite chainplates

Double hull windows on both sides in Master cabin, saloon and aft cabins with custom maple blinds

Retractable MaxPower R-200 bowthruster


Hull Finish

Topsides painted in metallic silver

Black boot and cove stripes

Bottom painted with black antifouling



Lifting keel system regulates draft from 2.8m in up position to 4.4m in down position

Weldox steel fin keel with L-shaped bulb


Steering System

JP3 Sprocket and chain steering system linked to alloy lightweight steering quadrant

Dual carbon fibre three-spoke steering wheels finished in clear coat

JP3 rudder, bearings and blade with stock in carbon fibre

Removable helmsman foot stands



Hydraulic opening transom door with teak covered swim platform

Transom door is locked manually and sealed with pneumatic closure



Large locker forward for storage of ropes and sails

Floorboards are lightweight sandwich construction


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Deck Construction

Deck is constructed in pre-preg carbon fibre on foam core. Hi-density core in all load-bearing areas.

Deck and coachroof are painted in metallic silver

Teak laid deck with black caulking


Deck Equipment

Stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and pushpit with opening gates on either side amidships

Stainless steel wire lifelines

Custom flush deck hatches by Nautor

Sliding main and aft companionway hatch and drop board in acrylic



Primary 2 x Harken 1111 3-speed (hydraulic)

Secondary 2 x Harken 990 3-speed (electric)

Halyards 2 x Harken 70.2 – 2-speed (electric)

Mainsheet Cariboni Magic Trim


Sailing Hardware

Staysail and genoa tracks Harken hydraulic cross track for jib & staysail sheeting

Operated by push button at primary winch stations

All blocks and padeyes by Harken


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Mainly European maple and Brazilian cherry is used for interior joinery, finished with satin varnish.

Cabin sole floorboards are PVC-sandwich construction with Brazilian cherry on the top surface

Vinyl covered removable overhead panels are installed in all accommodation areas.

LED overhead lighting is recessed into deckhead

All openable deck hatches are fitted with Oceanair roller blinds and mosquito screens

Reading lights at the head of each berth

Canvas lee cloths and attachments at each berth


Forward Cabin (Master)

Centerline double berth with storage drawers below

Aircraft style storage lockers above on forward and outboard sides of berth

Writing desk on aft port side of cabin with hanging locker outboard

Hanging locker aft starboard

Ensuite head with washbasin, mirrors, storage lockers and WC. Separate shower stall aft


Forward Guest Cabin (starboard)

Double berth outboard with lockers below and outboard of berth

Hanging locker forward and outboard of berth

Ensuite head with washbasin, mirrors, storage lockers, integrated shower stall and WC


Forward Guest Cabin (port)

Fixed lower berth and Pullman style upper berth

Hanging locker forward



L-shaped settee to starboard with storage locker aft and outboard

Custom made rectangular expanding dining table finished in teak and European maple

Three custom Swan chairs in European maple, dining table seats seven

Settee to port with opening top coffee table and two end drawers


Aft Guest Cabin

Located on starboard side aft of saloon

Double lower berth with storage lockers beneath and outboard of berth

Hanging locker aft

Ensuite head with washbasin, mirrors, storage lockers, integrated shower stall and WC



Located on the aft port side of saloon

Worktops finished in grey Corian

Double sinks located outboard

Storage lockers, drawers and cupboards


Galley Equipment

Miele electric stove top with four hobs, gimbaled with potholder attachments

Electric AEG convection/microwave oven

Microwave oven

Stainless steel pots and pans,

Refrigerated drinks drawer in saloon,

Ice machine in saloon,

Garborator on sink drain,

Miele washer/dryer in crew area.


Nav Station

Access directly to aft cockpit

Crew/Day head in crew mess area with washbasin, mirrors, storage lockers, integrated shower and WC


Engine Room

Access to engine room under the main companionway staircase or through a door in the galley.


Crew Cabin

Double berth with storage drawers below and locker outboard

Hanging locker aft


Main propulsion engine is a Yanmar 4LHA-DTE/DTP diesel engine (new 2013) (1441 hours | November 2015) with ZF80A-2.8 gearbox and 26” Brunton propeller, (new 2015)

Semi-dry exhaust system with water separator for main engine and generator

Retractable MaxPower R-300 Bowthruster


Fuel System

Diesel fuel capacity 1,600 litres in two tanks with additional 70 litre day tank

Racor fuel filer

Two fuel fillers on deck mounted in recesses to capture any spilled fuel when refuelling,

Fuel flow meter with display at navigation table,

Diesel transfer pump with ability to transfer fuel from either tank to day tank or to other tank. Transfer is through filter so fuel is always cleaned. Additional filters after day tanks before both main engine and generator. The main engine and generator also have the factory installed fuel filters. Engine and generator can also be run directly from either fuel tank,


Hydraulic Systems

2 x 5 kW Rexroth hydraulic pumps and reservoir

1 x Hydraulic pump linked to the PTO of generator (new 2013)


Plumbing Systems

2x water tanks, total capacity 1200 litre

Hot/cold pressurized water with 2 x Headhunter water pumps with filters

Spectra Newport water maker with auto flush and remote control (2011)

Backup watermaker Katadyn 40e 24vDC water maker

Hot water tank with temperature control and temperature indicator in galley


Pneumatic Systems

24v air pump for operating the seals on the swim platform and aft companionway hatch,


Refrigeration Systems

Freezers can be operated as refrigerators

Refrigerated drinks drawer in saloon

Ice machine in saloon


Ventilation System

2 x 32,000 BTU air conditioning compressors with fan units in the master all guest cabins, crew cabin, galley and 2 units in the saloon. The units can be operated on cooling and heating cycle.

Large hatches and Swan’s flow through fan-assisted ventilation means that VALKYRIE infrequently users her air conditioning,

Forced ventilation system extracts air and gases from entire boat and exhausts at the transom


Domestic Equipment

Miele washer/dryer in crew area


Drainage System

4x Tecma Silence marine heads

Blackwater is collected in 2x holding tanks. One located forward, one aft.

Pumped overboard via submersible Rheinstrom pumps.

Black tanks have ¾ and Full indicator lights in each head. When tank is full, WC flush is deactivated

Grey water is collected in sumps below each head and pumped directly overboard



Electrical diagrams will be delivered with the yacht, for both DC and AC systems and showing the location of all junction boxes. Cables are labeled with identification numbers at both ends. At watertight bulkheads wires are run up to deck head height when penetrating the bulkhead or are sealed in place to produce water tightness.

Mast and shrouds are electrically connected to the keel. In the top of mast is an air terminal connected to a lightning conductor, which runs down to the keel. The prop shaft, keel and thruster have their individual sacrificial anodes.


Residual current detector to detect any stray current throughout the yacht

A large 900 amp at 24-volt battery bank allows Valkyrie to sail on battery power alone for many hours


DC System

2-pole 24 V insulated return DC-system for lighting, blowers, pumps etc. The wires are sized to minimize voltage drop.

Service Batteries 900 amp at 24-volt house battery bank (new 2013)

Radio Batteries 150 amp at 12-volt radio bank (new 2013)


AC System

Power supply of 230 V 50 Hz single-phase three-wire AC-system. The 230 V system can be fed by the diesel generator, shore power inlet. The bus is of split bus type. There are also a number of 230 V 50 Hz appliances fed through DC/AC inverters.


Mastervolt Whisper 12, 12 KVA 50 cycle (new 2013) (1020 hours | November 2015)

PTO hydraulic pump on generator

ASEA Frequency converter allowing yacht to operate on 50 and 60 cycles



2 x Mastervolt Mass Combi – 4000-watt inverter and 120am chargers




Exterior Lighting:

- Lopo LED navigation lights,

- 1 x Foredeck light,

- 4 x LED spreader lights,

- 2 x guest cockpit boom lights,

- 1 x aft cockpit boom light,

- 2 x underwater OCEANLED lights mounted on either side of the rudder,

- Red LED courtesy lights in aft cockpit at winch buttons.


Interior Lighting:

- LED many have dimmers,

- LED rope lighting along edges of furniture in saloon, cabins and galley,

- Red LED emergency and light sailing lights in all cabins, companionways, heads and saloon.


Sailing Instruments

B&G system H5000 Sailing Instrument package (new 2015)

H5000 main processor unit

B&G 4G radar with antenna mounted on starboard spreader

4 x 40/40 units at mast

4 x GFD displays

1 x racing display

B&G digital compass

B&G autopilot with remote readout and control on starboard pedestal


Navigation Instruments

2 x Zeus Chartplotter/radar units, one at nav station, one on starboard pedestal

B&G AIS integrated into Zeus system with antenna mounted at masthead

B&G GPS unit integrated into Zeus system

Garmin 76 backup GPS with remote antenna

C-MAP charts for Mediterranean and Caribbean 2015


Computer Systems

COMPUTER Cappuccino low power PC computer for office duties and downloading weather and emails (new 2012) Software for downloading emails and GRIB files


Communications Systems

Iridium 9555 with hands-free docking station (all new 2015), remote antenna and hook up to on board computer

Sailor SSB with auto tuner and antenna in backstay

B&G VHF radio (new 2015) with DSC and antenna mounted at masthead


Entertainment Systems

Bose Lifestyle System 35 DVD with bass booster. Speakers in 3-zones; saloon, guest cockpit and aft cockpit

Mounted in a drop down flap is a Panasonic projector that is controlled through the Bose unit. This projection plays high definition DVD movies and content on a large pull down screen. The silver screen is pulled down out of the port side ceiling providing a large amount 1800mm screen,


Offshore Spars intermediate modulus carbon fibre fractional mast with 3 spreaders swept at 23 degrees 

Offshore Spars carbon fibres park avenue boom with tracks for sail cover and awning

Mast & Boom painted in matte black

Future Fibre PBO rigging (purchased and
ready to install in 2016) 

New PBO furling stays new in 2014 (Future Fiber)

New forestay Navtec PBO 2016

Split backstays with hydraulic cylinders controlled by push buttons in the sailing

Reckmann UD-4 flush-deck hydraulic furler with internal hydraulic real time luff tension adjuster

Carbon fibre headsail foil

Hydraulic piston mounted on mast for cruising genoa halyard tensioning

Reckmann CZ hydraulic Code 0 furler

Retractable carbon fibre bowsprit on port side of bow. Retraction/deployment system is manually operated

Running backstays

Flag halyards on lower spreaders

Lazy jacks with Harken turning blocks on mast

Full running rigging inventory available upon request



General Equipment

Swim ladder

Cockpit table with integrated cup holders

All boat specific spares for plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems


Anchoring and Mooring

Quick combination windlass and retractable snubbing winch (hydraulic),

Lewmar Delta stainless steel anchor with 100 m galvanized chain.

Fortress second anchor with 10 m chain and 50 m rode,

2 x large air inflated fenders with black covers with manual pump,

4 x medium air inflated fenders with black covers,

6 mooring lines



Boom mounted sun awning (2013)

2 x dodgers (2013)

Bimini over steering wheels to protect helmsman (2015),

2 x pedestal canvas covers (2013)

2 x wheel covers (2013)

Sunbrella covered cushions for guest and aft cockpit (2013)

Removable protective wall coverings for saloon and hallways for deliveries and racing,

Removable crew covers for saloon cushions,

Removable protective floor coverings for hallways, navigation, saloon and galley areas,


Linen (new 2013 to 2015)

2 sets x sheets and pillowcases for each cabin

2 sets x towels for each cabin





Littala glassware for 8, champagne flutes, wines glasses, water glasses, tall drinks glasses and shot glasses mounted in Plexiglas holders in a special glass cabinet in the saloon,


Safety Equipment

2 x 8 person ISAF approved life raft re-certified in 2015 stored in lockers on either side of aft cockpit for quick deployment,

Jack lines port and starboard, centre cockpit and aft cockpit,

ISAF cat 1 flares replaced in 2015

2x MOM 8-man over board rescue life rings,

1 x 15m throwing line,

1 x Lifesling recovery life ring,

Hydrostatic release EPRIB (new in 2015),

Emergency navigation lights as per ISAF Offshore Special Regulations,

Marco electric horn mounted on starboard lower spreader,


Personal items

Small tools and small parts

Life jackets and fittings
Tools, flashlights and small parts,
Medical kit,
Tender and 20 HP Honda motor,
Personal items,
Life vests, tethers with light/AIS beacons,
Items not previously stated in this specification


All sails by Quantum – Annapolis loft.

Note: Regatta sails are in varied condition and no guarantees are offered on their condition or suitability for competitive racing




Cruising Main 2011

FUSION “m” Carbon/Vectran with 3 reefs, overhead leech line and RBS carbon batten

Regatta Main 2007

FUSION “m” Carbon Race Main­sail with Ctech Carbon battens, 2 reefs and overhead leech line 32000 denier Carbon/ Twaron Fusion ISO Membrane. Size: 218 sq. m.


Furling Genoa 2010

FUSION “m” Carbon/Vectran Cruise Jib with UV cover and Ctech Car-bon battens (2010)

Cruising Staysail 2011

FUSION “m” Carbon/Vectran Cruise Staysail with sleeve to attach to staysail PBO cable

Heavy jib – code 4 -2007

FUSION “m” Carbon ORC Heavy Code 4 Jib 35000 denier Carbon/Twaron Fusion ISO Membrane. Size: 120 sq. m.

Medium jib – code 2 -2007

FUSION “m” Carbon Code 2 Race Jib 24000 denier Carbon/Twaron Fusion ISO Membrane. Size: 148 sq. m.

Code Zero - 2009

Legal IRC 75% minimum girth computer designed and cut tri-radial construction using



Cruising Code Zero -2011

FUSION “m” Aramid Cruising Code Zero

A1 (regatta) -2007

Code 1 asymmetrical spinnaker computer designed and cut tri-radial construction using Bainbridge Airex 700N (100%). Size: 471 sq. m

2009 - Asymmetrical Spinnaker. Size: approx. 490 sq. m.

A2/3 (regatta) -2009 Asymmetrical Spinnaker

A5 (regatta) -2007

Code 5 Fractional Asymmetrical Computer designed and cut tri-radial construction using Bainbridge Nylon 1.5oz Stormalite (100%) Size: 423 sq. m.



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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