BLACK SWAN is a Midnight Lace 52 express cruiser built in 1985. The Midnight Lace boats are the classic and best-known design of Tom Fexas. This design is Tom's modern interpretation of the famed commuter yachts that used to ply the waters of Long Island Sound and the Hudson River in the 1920s and '30s. Only thirteen 52s were built, and of those, only two were the express model. BLACK SWAN is the only one with extensive teak and mahogany exterior trim and customized interior, making it a one-of-a-kind vessel. Designed with a four-to-one length-to-width ratio, BLACK SWAN slips through the water with a level and economical ride.
BLACK SWAN has had only one owner in her 25 years, and although her interior was originally custom designed, it has since been modified and updated to enhance its cruising amenities. Some of these changes include an office/nav station, new driving station instrument panel, a hardtop with hatch over the driving station, new master bed and headboard, L-shape settee with expandable mahogany table, bookcases, drawers, and Herreshoff-style overheads in the main salon and master stateroom, bamboo flooring, and many other improvements, all done by the owner, an experienced furniture maker. BLACK SWAN is equipped with a complete array of up-to-date electronics.
BLACK SWAN has cruised from Toronto to the Turks and Caicos, turning heads wherever she goes. She may be the most photographed boat on the East Coast. This is truly a classic vessel that will never be outdated.
The owner will consider a partial trade toward the purchase of BLACK SWAN.September 2011: Price reduced from $325,000.