Swallow Yachts Ltd.

Gwbert Road, SA43 1PN Cardigan
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.03  Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

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Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)


This boat is ideal for families or individuals looking for something stable and safe (ballast tank full) or light and fast (tank empty). She really is two boats for the price of one! The BayRaider is extremely versatile. She is not just a tough, fast Raid boat, the water ballast makes her suitable for a wide range of conditions and levels of crew experience. Surprisingly, perhaps, she is an ideal boat for beginners as, with ballast tanks full, she is stable, forgiving and very hard to capsize (See this Video from Denman Marine our Licensed builder in Australia to see just how hard!) In fact, with the ballast tanks full she will self right from a 90 degree knockdown and thanks to her sealed hollow mast and asymmetric capsize buoyancy, she can easily be recovered from a full inversion.

As your crew gain experience, leave the ballast tank empty (or empty it on the move) and you transform her into something approaching a racing dinghy.

Add toe straps and her wide side decks provide seating for hiking out to maximise her performance, with the potential to semi plane and surf in the right conditions. Flying the asymmetric spinnaker further boosts performance for the experienced sailor. The BayRaider is a two masted ketch and has the huge advantage over a single mast rig of allowing a quick and massive reduction of sail. Dropping the mainsail completely takes only moments, leaving her well balanced, very stable and able to tolerate virtually any weather – even making to windward under jib and mizzen alone. The outboard motor (2hp -4hp gives 6 knots) does not hang obtrusively over the transom but is housed in a well at the rear of the large cockpit, for easy access. When sailing the motor can be tilted out of the water, the well being sealed with shutters, eliminating drag.
Unusually for an open boat she has a self draining cockpit, which again is of huge benefit to safety.

In a swamping or knockdown situation there is no need for bailing, leaving the skipper free to concentrate on the situation in hand.

The optional spray hood gives shelter, if required, for the crew while sailing and, once moored up a secluded creek, is used with the boat tent and camping accessories to make you comfortably independent of civilization for a few days. A change of scene is no problem as she can easily be towed short or long distances behind a family car. (Brittany, Spain, South of France, Italy, and Greece have all been visited by UK-based Swallow Yachts.) She can be fully rigged on the trailer in less than 10mins (!), launched and recovered, single handed, without getting the wheel hubs wet. At only 330kg in wood/epoxy or 500kg in GRP, the BayRaider is light enough on her trailer to be easily manhandled by one person around a dinghy park – or tucked into a safe spot in a hotel car park when on your travels!

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Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

BayRaider expedition

Performance rig
She retains the same successful water ballast system as our other designs, but features a carbon mast as standard, making her very easy to rig, and fast on the water.

Like the BayRaider 20, she is a sprightly performer on the water, self righting when her water ballast tank is full, with the ability to plane in the right conditions.


In the cabin she has room for two tall adults to stretch out, and with the addition of a cockpit tent, could sleep four.  The cabin can also double as an enclosed head for day-sailing, and in rainy weather can seat two adults and two children (children in the bow, facing aft).

The BayRaider expedition gives priority to cockpit space, able to seat six adults in comfort.  If more cabin space is desired (at the expense of the cockpit) take a look at the Swallow Yachts BayCruiser 20 and 23.

If you would like to receive more information about the BayRaider expedition, then please contact us or fill in the form on enquiry link below.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

BayCruiser 23

Like many of the boats in our range the BayCruiser 23 is water ballasted, though she also carries a significant portion of lead in her deep profiled centreboard. Her lightweight carbon rig makes her much easier to trailer sail than than many smaller boats. The mast is easy to raise, and she can be fully rigged from the trailer to launching in about 30 minutes – less if there are two of you.

She stores 500kg of water in two tanks, one under the vee berth, and the other under the cockpit floor. They are both under the waterline so fill under the weight of the boat alone. There is a large capacity bilge pump to pump them dry which can be diverted to pump the cabin bilge. Alternatively the boat can be left to drain as you winch her onto her trailer, or just left full on her mooring.

The water ballast means the boat can be extraordinarily easy to tow, launch and recover, and very quick in light winds too. In tougher conditions, or when you just want the security of knowing you have a self righting boat, simply fill the tanks, and the whole character of the boat changes.

The cabin
The BayCruiser 23 has a comfortable interior with plenty of sitting headroom around the folding saloon table. Two quarter berths each side and a large v-berth in the forepeak allow sleeping for 4 adults. A dedicated galley space on the port side has a stainless sink and pumped water supply with room for a hob type cooker. Under the vee berth forward there is room for a chemical toilet or marine head.

The centreboard case is capped by a solid oak folding table that removes to gain access to the centreboard. Buoyancy chambers have twist hatches for inspection and there is additional storage room under the seats and under the vee berth (above the water tank).

The style inside is simple but light and airy, with painted tongue and groove and oak trim. We offer a huge range of fabrics for the cushions inside and are able to tailor the interior decor to suit your taste.

The cockpit
The cockpit has comfortably angled coamings giving great back support and a feeling of safety while the seats on either side have been spaced for good bracing when heeled. An optional spray hood covers half the cockpit enabling the helmsman and crew to shelter from foul weather while at the tiller. It also keeps rain out of the cabin when the companionway is open.

The engine options are numerous but the most popular is a 5-6HP standard shaft outboard engine. It sits in a well on the centreline, thrusts onto the rudder for good steerage, and is well buried to guard against cavitation. It is also easy to reach from within the cockpit, kicks up for less drag when underway, which also makes for easier launching in shallow water. Up in the bows there is a large anchor locker accessible from the deck, with an additional headsail locker next to it. A large Sampson post between the two gives a strong point for mooring. The raised hull sides (bulwarks) give a feeling of security on the foredeck and it is a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by.

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About us

Company details

Swallow Yachts – classic looks, modern performance, innovative design

Swallow Yachts produce a range of dayboats that combine classic looks with very modern performance. We offer unique, informed advice and a test sail facility that allows you to try a boat before committing. Based in the UK we have shipped boats all over the world and offer a comprehensive shipping service.

Our boats feature
  • Water ballast, for easy trailering and excellent performance on the water.
  • Modern hull and rig design for fast efficient sailing
  • Clever features like carbon masts, that make rigging quick and easy.
  • Large cockpits for family or sociable sailing
  • Lifting keels and reinforced bottoms for shoal waters and beaching.
  • Seaworthy hulls for safe and efficient passage making.
  • Charming looks guarantee admiring glances and the envy of your friends.
Bespoke craft
In addition to the production boats shown below, we also offer more bespoke craft, often highly tailored to an owners specific requirements and built using the well proven epoxy ply technique. 

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