Satisfaction Splashes in South Africa as 1st SW105

She’s about two months from delivery, and living up to her name. Satisfaction slipped into the water at Southern Wind Shipyard as the builder’s first SW105. The SW105 is what Southern Wind terms a “mini series,” focused on high-performance cruising.

The series name stems from the LOA. It’s 105’9” (32.27 meters.) (In case you’re wondering, from the tip of her bowsprit to her transom, Satisfaction measures 113’5”, or 34.59 meters.) The SW105 concept further stems from the same trio that created the SW96, whose first delivery, Sorceress, occurred earlier this year. Besides Southern Wind, that trio includes Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design. Unlike the smaller series, though, the SW105 does not emphasize racing.

In fact, the owner of Satisfaction plans private cruises as well as charter. The general arrangement suits both uses well, with a forward master stateroom and three guest staterooms amidships. In fact, Southern Wind says this configuration is the most popular among its megayacht models. This keeps a distinct separation between guests and crew, who get their quarters fully aft. Five to six hands can stay aboard. The galley goes aft, too.

Southern Wind Shipyard SW105 superyacht Satisfaction

For leisure time off the yacht, Satisfaction carries a 14-foot (4.2-meter) waterjet-powered tender and a PWC, both kept in a toy garage. You can see the outline of the garage in the photo at top. Typically, sailing superyachts in the SW105’s size range don’t incorporate these.

Something you do sometimes see, however, on craft like her is a telescopic keel. The owner of Satisfaction requested this, without impinging on relaxation spaces. Draft therefore varies from 12 to 18 feet (3.65 to 5.6 meters, respectively). As for those relaxation spaces, the raised-saloon configuration affords excellent headroom. It should combine with the 24-foot (7.31-meter) beam for a more voluminous feel. This, despite the profile appearing somewhat sleek.

Following Satisfaction’s delivery, Southern Wind is set to hand over two more SW105 projects. They’ll come next June and November.

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