Although just a teasing glimpse is available at this point, Southern Wind Shipyard has a new model up its sleeve. The SW108 Hybrid is the first in what seems to be a new series, too.
As the model name suggests, the SW108 Hybrid will employ electric propulsion. Interestingly, the sailing superyacht further will rely upon hydropower. This means she’ll use the force of the water to generate mechanical energy, and in turn electric energy. Southern Wind is not yet revealing its technology partner for the hybrid system. All it will say is that the firm is globally recognized for defense, aerospace, and automotive hybrid solutions. That said, though, the system meets IMO Tier III requirements, plus offers the ability to operate in silent, emissions-free mode.
Additionally, the SW108 Hybrid is the inaugural model in the Southern Wind Smart Custom series. The South African shipyard says this series gives customers the semi-custom flexibility they have come to enjoy, simultaneously with shipyard-led sustainability and efficiency solutions.
Of course, some of those solutions come from longtime partners of the shipyard, too. Both Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Yacht Design have contributed to the styling, naval architecture, and interior design of the new yacht. Similar to the nearly 40 deliveries to date exceeding 90 feet (27.4 meters), the SW108 Hybrid is a performance sailing yacht, for cruising the oceans with friends and family. She shares some of the same strong lines of those predecessors as well.
Southern Wind Shipyard pledges to reveal information on the semi-custom interior arrangement, and more facts about features like the reportedly extra-wide beach club in the coming months. In the meantime, Nordic Cool, an SW105, is making steady construction progress. He shipyard team joined the deck to the hull earlier this month. The next steps see systems installations as well as furniture creation. The first SW105, Satisfaction, departed the shipyard in 2018.
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