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Old 07-04-2014, 11:30   #1
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Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

Hey folks,
I see there is a Gecco Marine 38 on the market. Apparently this was built by a group of folks who branched off from swan in the mid 80s. Apparently built on swan hulls that were sold to said group.

Anybody know anything about these boats? Anybody owned one? Looks like a swan 38 in the pics, but what about quality of build?

Thanks for any info.
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Old 07-04-2014, 15:29   #2
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

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Hey folks,
I see there is a Gecco Marine 38 on the market. Apparently this was built by a group of folks who branched off from swan in the mid 80s. Apparently built on swan hulls that were sold to said group.

Anybody know anything about these boats? Anybody owned one? Looks like a swan 38 in the pics, but what about quality of build?

Thanks for any info.
I think the last Swan 38 was built in 1979.

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Old 17-09-2015, 07:19   #3
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

Yes, we own one, about 40 built as far as I know.
Swan hull and same layout inside,quality of build as good as a swan and sails like a dream
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Old 17-09-2015, 23:35   #4
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

Sorry to disappoint You but the Gecco 39 has absolutely nothing to do with Nautor's Swan. It is just a swedish copy of the real thing (You surely know that Nautor is a finnish company). The hull form is totally different from a Swan 38 when looked at closely. If interested, there's a discussion of it at the classicswan.org where the Professor (a former employee of Nautor) explains it's history in deep.

Anyway, not being a Swan doesn't make it a bad Yacht!


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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, moana, and gecco.
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

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Yes, we own one, about 40 built as far as I know.
Swan hull and same layout inside,quality of build as good as a swan and sails like a dream
I am currently looking at a Gecco 39 and would be interested in any info you may have on these boats. If you are able to help, please get in contact here. Thanks
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

People I knew had one and sold it. A Swedish couple. You may be shopping on their boat now!

The hull is indeed similar to a Swan and must come from the same era and possibly the same board too. The layout and rigging are dated. Access to dow below is difficult and the interior is dark. The deck was screw mounted teak and leaky. There were some rudder problems (which I interpreted as old and worn bearings).

The cockpit was not comfortable.

Their boat was not particularly nice to sail downwind but sailed very well upwind. However, it took a major size genoa to pull her to good clip. Maybe the boat was too loaded. Systems looked dated. In line with boats build back then and not upgraded since.

They bought in Sweden and sold when returning from the West Indies.

Generally, I think, a Swan like boat with Swan like benefits and cons. Good buy given their low market askings. Not sure why the askings are this low though.

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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

I just bough a 1983 Gecco 39 from Dana Point a few months back. Saiedl it to Mosslanding. The boat sail well. Got some old non working navigation electronic (Danavigate 7000) that needs replacing. The boat seems to be build well.
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Re: Gecco Marine/Swan 38- Know anything about it?

I have a Gecco 39 I purchased at the end of 11, it sails well, good quality, mine was set up as a racer with 11 winches, huge three speed primary and secondaries, I have replaced a bunch of things: Cabin Sole, Quarterberth fuel tank (80+gall), electrical panel and wiring, cockpit teak, cold box-refridgeration, those were the heavy lifting so far. Still needed: Decks and cabin top need teak removal and non skid as teak would cost more than the boat is worth..all the windows need re-bedding, and I would like to replace the rod rigging at some point. It is looking new but I know it has to be about 15 years old and there is no way to tell the condition of rod. My biggest issues with the boat are as follows: (1) No way to effect a dodger, (2) about vertical companionway, (3) 5'9 - 5'11 berths. As such those items have me questioning weather I should stay with her or sell and get a boat that is dodger capable, non vertical, and longer berths... She sails so well, she looks so pretty and is the bell of the ball in every anchorage we drop our hook.
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