How a boat launched a legacy

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“Tarantella” is among the most recognized forms of traditional southern Italian music, but it is also the name of the boat which launched the Swan range of yachts.

It all began in 1966 with a Sparkman & Stephens-designed 36-footer commissioned by local builder Pekka Koskenkyla?.

Pekka had the intuition and the ability to convince Sparkman & Stephens, one of the most acclaimed yacht designers at that time, to design his first sailing yacht in fibreglass trimmed with wood. No one before had built a vessel over 10 meters in length with this material, which was still a novelty for shipbuilding.

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