The Southern Wind Shipyard team said goodbye to Taniwha this month. The sailing superyacht is on a 7,400-mile journey from South Africa to the Mediterranean, with a capable seven-person crew manning her.
The SW105GT sailing superyacht took to the water in April, celebrating her christening simultaneously. Featuring naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, she intends to stand up to a variety of wind and sea conditions and be a strong performer overall. Nauta Design, meanwhile, gave the owners the sleek, sporty Gran Turismo (the “GT” in “SW105GT”) deck styling they wanted. This includes a wide, one-level cockpit.
Even though the owners are first-time sailing-yacht owners, they knew how they wanted to live inside and collaborated closely therefore with Nauta Design here, too. “Taniwha’s interiors are state of the art,” asserts Mssimo Gino of the design studio. “In just one yacht you find all of the latest design innovations combined in a coherent way and perfectly matching the GT style of the deck.” For instance, stowage lockers “float,” thanks to being attached to the hull sides. Additionally, berth bases have slants and curves, to better accommodate more overall stateroom space. Guest staterooms sit aft of the saloon, while the owners have their stateroom forward, a choice a number of Southern Wind Shipyard clients make. When and if necessary, meanwhile, a study sitting forward of the saloon can convert into an extra stateroom. Handily, it’s in proximity to the day head.
In Maori mythology, taniwha (pronounced “tanifa”) are supernatural creatures. They live in caves, rivers, and the ocean, much like giant serpents or dragons in other cultures’ folklore. They can be either agents of good or evil, too. This Taniwha, however, is on the good guys’ side.
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