“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.” He’s referring to the owner of the first SW108 Hybrid under construction at the shipyard. As you’re about to see, the build is right on pace for delivery to take place next summer.
In fact, Southern Wind Shipyard says the forward and side deck are out of the mold. This brief video shows the careful, methodical way the craftspeople brought in a cradle to support the structure, plus flip it over. Flipping is necessary for the central coachroof to join it. Next, that fully connected combination gets dry fitted to the hull. Southern Wind Shipyard is using carbon fiber composite construction, with a CoreCell core, for the SW108 Hybrid. These materials lend light weight with stiffness.
The SW108 Hybrid is a “smart custom” yacht, in the shipyard’s terms, because it has hybrid propulsion that provides a few advantages. For instance, it has a modular design. This therefore let the designers from Nauta Design optimize living space. Simultaneously, it allows zero-emission operations, plus generates energy for recharging while the sailing superyacht is using her sails.
The owner, quite passionate about sailing, found this technology quite interesting. Along with Farr Yacht Design, he and his team went through design iterations to ensure it would still suit the powerful performance he wanted. Farr Yacht Design says she’ll do well whether in light air or strong breezes, too. Further assisting performance, the mast, boom, and a number of fittings are using carbon fiber and titanium.
We’ll have to wait for next year to see her best attributes in real life. For now, Massimo Gino of Nauta Design says, “The design is more sporty and low slung than the most recent yachts” it has created for the shipyard. Stay tuned.
Farr Yacht Design farrdesign.com
Nauta Design nautadesign.com
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