A “young and passionate” sailor is the first owner to commission a hull in the SW108 series from Southern Wind Shipyard. Already, the hull and deck are under construction, so that delivery can take place in the summer of 2023.
Southern Wind Shipyard announced the model earlier this year, terming it a “smart custom” yacht. Although it didn’t disclose many details then, it did mention the project employs hybrid propulsion. Specifically, Southern Wind Shipyard has partnered with the well-known aerospace company BAE Systems. The diesel-electric system uses a modular design “to optimize livable space and extend zero-emissions operation through improved electrical efficiency,” explains Peter Brooks, BAE Systems’ account manager of marine and port solutions. He continues, “A HydroGeneration mode will recharge energy storage when the SW108 is under sail.”
This hybrid system appealed to the owner, who with his advisors collaborated with Farr Yacht Design to ensure it contributed to the performance goals he had in mind. Similarly, the owner and his team worked with the design studio on the sail plan and appendages “through numerous iterations and refinements,” Jim Schmicker of the studio says. For example, she’ll have a lifting keel, so draft will range from 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6.2 meters). Twin rudders and an upgraded sail plan will combine with this for powerful performance. The resulting yacht will perform well in light winds as well as stronger breezes, Schmicker adds. Displacement, meanwhile, will be just 73.2 tons, thanks to carbon fiber and titanium for fittings, the mast, and boom, among other items.
The owner had particular ideas in mind for styling, too. It’s faithful to Nauta Design’s previous work with the shipyard on sailing superyachts like Taniwha. But, this SW108 also had a new coachroof look, with a skylight and side windows letting much more light inside. “The design is more sporty and low slung than the most recent yachts,” says Massimo Gino of Nauta Design. It also incorporates an extra-large companionway, with healthy coamings, connecting the guest cockpit to the interior.
Inside, the SW108 features contributions from Nauta Design, too. The owner wanted a four-stateroom layout, with the three guest cabins amidships. Additionally, an L-shape relaxation area, with a dining table and a TV lounge, sits forward of the saloon. Furthermore, expect highly customized furnishing shapes, wood tones, textures, and finishes. They’ll come together to create a warm, welcoming ambience.
“The conception of this yacht has been stimulating since day one,” notes Andrea Micheli, Southern Wind Shipyard’s commercial director. “It’s great to meet owners who trust you and offer you the inputs to do something new, though relying on our expertise.”
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