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2006 Swordsman 40 Aft Cabin

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom


A rare opportunity to buy a stunning Swordsman 40, designed by the legendary Alan Burnard, responsible for designing the Fairey range including the Huntsman, original Swordsman and the Dagger military application hull on which the 40 is based. Offering stunning classic lines, premium quality construction, superb performance and sea-keeping they could be considered the Bentley GT of the sea! 'Kittiwake' is fitted with the rare and highly sought after Rolls Royce turbo jet option with joystick control for the ultimate in performance and manoeuvrability, has been maintained to a high standard and has many upgrades including genset, air conditioning, all electric cooking, diesel heating and comprehensive navigation equipment. Believed to be the highest specification in existence, she is only for sale as her owner is retiring from boating.

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Basic Boat Info

Price: £195,000
Boat Name: Kittiwake
Make: Swordsman
Model: 40 Aft Cabin
Year: 2006
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Bridgend Boat Co Ltd.
Designer: Alan V. Burnard
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 40 ft
Length Overall: 39'10 ft
Waterline Length: 34'3 ft
Beam: 11'6 ft
Max Draft: 1'8 ft
Displacement: 10,865 kg
Bridge Clearance: 8'2 ft

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: QSC8.3 HO
  • Drive Type: Jet
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 540hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 650
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: QSC8.3 HO
  • Drive Type: Jet
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 540hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 650
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 1,080hp
Cruising Speed: 28 kn
Maximum Speed: 40 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,120 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 285 L

The Swordsman 40 layout offers up to six berths in three cabins, finished to a superb standard in teak with matching teak and holly soleboards, offering a rare blend of timeless charm and modern features.

FORECABIN - Large V berth (each 6'6" long, an infill could easily be created to form a large double if required), dressing table, ample storage in various lockers and opening hatch to deck. 

HEADS - Separate heads to starboard with marine toilet, washbasin, shower with pump out and good stowage.

SALOON - Spacious U-shaped seating area to port (converts to a double berth) with adjustable teak table with folding leaves and easily accessed storage. Upholstered in premium quality two tone leather and alcantara with extra deep sculpted cushions for increased comfort. Two large windows with opening sections and a central hatch provide good ventilation and natural light whilst steps aft lead up to the cockpit. 

GALLEY - A linear galley is located to starboard and equipped with all electric cooking in the form of a Miele 2-burner ceramic hob, Panasonic combined microwave/oven/grill, front opening refrigerator, twin stainless steel sinks with cutting board cover and ample stowage space in a range of cupboards and drawers. 

COCKPIT -  The large central cockpit offers further space for entertaining and dining alfresco, with a helm position forward to port (large adjustable bucket seat suitable for two), navigator's position to starboard (adjustable bucket seat) and large settees either side of a teak cockpit table with folding leaves, providing comfortable seating for eight. All upholstered in premium quality two tone marine vinyl with teak sole and companionway doors.

AFT CABIN: Featuring a large (6'6 x 5') double berth, dressing table and excellent storage in numerous cupboards, hanging lockers and drawers. Large windows and opening hatch to aft deck, access to en suite and steps up to cockpit.

EN SUITE - Separate compartment with Jabsco marine toilet, washbasin, shower with pump out and stowage. 

GENERAL EQUIPMENT: Diesel fired warm air heating system with outlets to all cabins. Additional electric heating when on shorepower. Hot and cold pressurised water system via calorifier with immersion coil. Air conditioning system.

Mechanical Systems

Located under the cockpit sole, twin Cummins QSC8.3 HO V8 540hp turbo diesel engines. Freshwater cooled via heat exchangers. Rolls-Royce Vector joystick controls. Power assisted wheel steering. Twin Rolls-Royce water jet drives. Twin stainless steel tanks provide a total 1120 litre fuel capacity. Cummins SmartCraft digital engine display system.

The engines have run for approx. 650hrs since new, were serviced by a Cummins main agent in May 2018 and have been lightly used since. Her owner reports that she has a top speed of 40kts, but cruises very well anywhere from 22-30kts, and he has averaged approximately 65 litres per hour consumption across his general cruising usage. 

Electrical Systems

4 x 12v Batteries (2 x domestic and 2 x engine) charged via engine alternators. Shore power system with ring mains, immersion coil for water heating and Mastervolt automatic battery charger. Mastervolt Whisper 6 5KVA marine generator (101hrs since new and last serviced 2017). Mastervolt integrated power management system including inverter and battery condition display. Full electrical distribution panel and cabin lighting.

Deck Equipment
  • CQR stainless steel anchor with chain 
  • Lofrans Airon 1000w electric anchor windlass
  • Kedge anchor
  • Stainless steel bow roller, fairleads and cleats
  • Stainless steel pushpits, pulpit and stanchions
  • Stainless steel bathing and transom ladders
  • Stainless steel grab rails and aft deck crane
  • Stainless steel and teak bathing platform
  • Tempered glass windscreen in stainless steel frame
  • Teak radar mast and cockpit table
  • Dark blue combined full cockpit enclosure and bimini
  • Dinghy snap davit mountingss on bathing platform
  • 4 x Mooring warps
  • 8 x Fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • Ritchie steering compass at helm
  • Simrad RS82 DSC VHF radio with speaker
  • Simrad IS15 speed/log/depth
  • Raymarine e-series GPS chartplotter (new 2016) with AIS and radar feeds
  • Raymarine digital radar scanner (new 2016)
  • Raymarine ais350 transceiver (new 2017)
  • Simrad AP26 autopilot
  • ICS NAV6 navtex
  • Digital cartography of UK, Ireland, France and Holland (may require updating)
  • Kenwood stereo CD/radio system with speakers
  • Clock, barometer and hygrometer
  • Navigation lights
Safety Equipment
  • 2 x Fire extinguishers
  • Engine room fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Smoke alarm
  • First aid kit
  • Deck light
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy and light
  • Man overboard sling
  • Plastimo 6 man liferaft (new 2006, now due service) in deck cradle
  • 5 x  Electric bilge pumps
  • Manual bilge pump

Swordsman 40 to a design by Alan V. Burnard (of Fairey Marine fame) built in 2006 by Bridgend Boat Company Ltd. (well known for their Nelson and custom motorboat builds).  Blue (professionally resprayed 2015) GRP deep V planing hull design based on the famous Fairey Dagger high speed commercial hull used in military and other applications. White GRP superstructure. Teak laid deck and cockpit sole.

'Kittiwake' has had two owners from new, with her current owner purchasing her in 2009. Since this time she has cruised the East coast, coming ashore for regular maintenance including new anodes and antifoul earlier in Spring 2018. The original construction was to a very high specification and they were one of the most expensive (£ per ft) and exclusive production boats of their time.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own 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 on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

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