It is certainly a long journey from the waters of Cape Town, South Africa to those of Norway. This is exactly the type of bluewater cruising that Southern Wind Shipyard intended its SW105 miniseries to tackle. Norway is going to be the summertime destination for Power of 2, the third hull in the series. She just set sail from the shipyard, on her own bottom, of course. Her owner, an avid sailor, is looking forward to discovering remote locations along the way, and for years to come.
Christened a few months ago, the 105’9” (32.27-meter), high-performance sailing superyacht represents a step up in size for her owner. He also received a lifting keel for accessing relative shallows, plus good performance in various conditions, particularly upwind light air. Farr Yacht Design, which created the SW105 series with Southern Wind, saw to each of these. In fact, Jim Schmicker, vice president of the design studio, says, “The twin rudder arrangement works very well with the 3-meter shallow draft, as the rudder blades only extend 2 meters below the waterline.” He adds, “The interior and keel tower configuration permit a generous addition of 2 meters, resulting in a keel-down draft of 5 meters for excellent performance, stability, and comfort.”
Power of 2 shows off that performance in the video above. On an interesting related note, she incorporates batteries for silently running on long passages. The batteries further provide her independence from shore power. This is especially important, because the owner plans to spend abundant time away from marinas. In addition, since the owner is quite environmentally conscious, Power of 2 has more complex than normal fuel polishers and water softeners. Furthermore, her refrigerators have bottled water entirely desalinated, re-minieralized, and sterlized onboard.
To make living and relaxing onboard more pleasurable, Power of 2 is the first SW105 with a deck saloon. The idea came directly from the owner, executed by Nauta Yachts and Southern Wind Shipyard. “When an owner decides to reduce the width of the saloon to get a 360-degree view, it is down to the designers to provide the maximum effect while maintaining a sporty exterior look and feel,” explains Massimo Gino of Nauta Yachts. Also simultaneously, he adds, the designers need to do this without increasing height at the forward part of the cockpit. That would block views plus compromise the sportiness.
Power of 2 balances all of this along with airy common spaces for eight to 10 family and friends. For instance, a bar serves the saloon, additionally separating the area from the owner’s space forward. The lifting keel still lets light enter, too. Oak and subdued fabric tones keep the ambiance bright throughout. Come nighttime, guests can retire to four staterooms aft, where one has twins that can convert to a double berth.
Power of 2 will arrive in the Mediterranean soon, before proceeding to Norway for the season.
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