Can-Can IV was originally built for a Finnish Swan specialist in 1972, she was fourth boat to carry that name (Can-Can) for him. She was then cruised and raced throughout Europe under his ownership, competing in the 1973 Finnish Admirals Cup Team etc. She was then sold to her second owner in 1985, a British aristocrat, who re-flagged her. For many years she was kept in this family, being shipped around the world to cruise and to take part in some famous races such as the Sydney to Hobart and Trinidad to Tobago race.
In 2007 she was acquired by her previous owners after she had been laid up ashore for many years on the aristocrat's family estate. She was moved to the Hayling Yacht Company where they carried out a lot of work including Hot-Vac osmosis treatment and a quality re-spray and overhaul of all the machinery and systems. This was all done under the surveillance of a marine surveyor who was retained to check on the project from time to time. She was then re-launched in the autumn of 2008 and motored to the Solent where a new mast and rigging were fitted, complementing the new sails that had been made. In November 2008 she was sailed back to Lymington where she was lifted again and the interior was overhauled over the winter to get her ready for the 2009 season.
That owner continued to maintain and refurbish Can-Can during the winter laying her up ashore each winter. He cruised in the West Country, Channel Islands and the French coast during the summer. The current owners have now reluctantly decided to put Can Can on the market and she is lying at Ardfern available for viewing.
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Nautor the Swan 40 is renowned for its build quality with a heavily laid up, hand laminated hull with white Gelcoat. A long, deep, fin keel with a skeg hung rudder give this boat excellent sea keeping qualities.
Can-Can has had her hull treated for Osmosis using a Hot-Vac system. This was carried out by Hayling Yacht Company in 2007/2008.
Over the last 10 years Can-Can has been subject to extensive refit, a list of which is included below.
2007 - 2008:
Can-Can has the optional taller rig which was specified when new . The Selden aluminium, keel-stepped, twin spreader, masthead-rigged mast was renewed in 2008.
The standing rigging was replaced in 2008 with Dyform stainless steel rigging, complemented by new running rigging also in 2008. New headsail furler with removable drum and slab reefing mainsail with lazyjacks also new in 2008. The genoa cars and turning blocks were replaced in 2013/2014 along with a removable inner forestay with SeaSure tensioner.
2x Barlow 28 2-speed self tailing genoa winches - one reconditioned 2008 and other replaced 2010
2x Barlow 28 2-speed spinnaker winches
2x Lewmar 40 two speed halyard winches
3x Lewmar 16ST single speed self-tailing reefing line winches – 2010
1x Barlow mainsail winch
Sanders furling genoa – 2008
Sanders Vectran No.4 jib – Hank on, 2013/14
Having had her coach-roof and decks repainted with Awlgrip Oyster white and Perfection non slip paint in 2008 Can-Can is in good condition above decks for a boat of this age.
On the small yet well laid out foredeck a centrally located Simpson Lawrence electric windlass (rebuilt in 2009) which handles 40m of chain coupled to a Delta anchor. This is lead through a bow roller with extended cheeks, new roller and drop pin fitted in 2013/2014. A baby stay sits aft of this attached to the coachroof providing a useful hand hold. The low sleek coachroof is further enhanced by the flush deck hatches with teak grab rails and guard wires (new in 2014) further aiding passage aft, adding to the Swan 40's feeling of safety and security.
The deep cockpit has plenty of room to accommodate a full crew with ample room to move about. The high cockpit coamings make this a safe, comfortable and dry place to be in adverse weather. The centrally mounted mainsheet traveler which separates the cockpit just in front of the wheel falls easily to hand. Ideal for short handed sailing. The central single wheel provides the helmsman with an unobstructed view forward, the aft winches, parallel with the wheel, lending themselves to single handed sailing.
Can - Can benefits from an extensive refit history which includes re-upholstery and additions such as a new hob and oven, installed in 2009. Down below she is solid and comfortable, fitted out with solid teak joinery, as you would expect on a long distance cruiser such as this. The new upholstery giving the boat a warm and cosy feeling down below.
Forward, the V berth cabin is comfortable with the large deck hatch flooding the cabin with light. Stowage is good with lockers underneath the bunks and a small cubby space between the berths. Teak strips alongside each berth add a touch of class and comfort to the cabin.
The heads is clean and well appointed, spacious too given the age of the vessel. A new Jabsco toilet is fitted towards the back of the heads with a small vanity unit with sink and light to the right hand side.
The saloon is comfortable and cosy with enough room to seat 8 crew around the drop leaf table in the centre of the cabin. Behind the seats in the Saloon are two berths, one to Port and one to Starboard. These are ideal as sea berths to use when sailing long distances on watches due to their depth and the ability to fit lee cloths.
Moving aft the forward facing chart table to port is large and can accommodate charts comfortably with the instruments mounted just above the table within easy reach.
To Starboard is a well-appointed galley with ample storage. The sink has hot and cold running water, a fridge and gimballed cooker.
The engine is mounted under the companionway steps and has unparalleled access due to the ability to expose all sides of the engine by removing the steps.
To the aft of the vessel are two identical, single, quarter berths with lots of stowage and light provided by opening port lights (fitted in 2008) that open out into the cockpit.
We had been looking for a Sparkman & Stephens' Swan or similar, around 40', for some years having owned previously an S&S SHE 36 and more recently, a Contessa 32. We were therefore very excited when Can-Can IV came on the market. A sea trial confirmed the superb sailing qualities of the vessel, and the survey we commissioned revealed few defects and confirmed the quality of the extensive refit by the previous owner. We had various works commissioned (as listed) and laid her up for the winter ashore expecting to sail her to our mooring in Scotland in the spring. Unfortunately because of a change of circumstances, we have reluctantly decided to offer Can Can IV for sale. This summer (2016) we recommissioned Can Can IV and sailed her from the Solent to Ardfern, so she is nearer home.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.