The owners of the first SW108 Hybrid yacht had, in their own words, “big ambitions for the design and quality of the interiors.” Above all, the feeling needed to make them and their teenage children feel connected with nature, through the materials, the artwork, and of course sizable windows. They, Southern Wind Shipyard, and Nauta Design are releasing a few peeks at what’s going onboard.
A “smart custom” Southern Wind Shipyard sailing superyacht, the project relies upon electric propulsion as well as hydropower, the latter to generate mechanical energy and in turn electric energy. Both Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Yacht Design have contributed to the styling, naval architecture, and interior. Additionally, as is tradition with the builder, the SW108 Hybrid yacht is a performance sailing yacht, for cruising the oceans with friends and family.
The entire family is eagerly looking forward to sailing on long passages on their yacht. The owners themselves are experienced sailors and further looking forward to sharing their longtime love of the lifestyle with their teenagers. It therefore was crucial that a full-family living area was a central part of the design. “The process was so much more than just choosing the fabrics, colors, and some features,” the owners say. “Massimo Gino and Patrick Pigoni at Nauta developed a completely new design for us that is light and airy and will showcase the workmanship that Southern Wind is capable of,” they add.
Firstly, the overall aesthetic is warm and elegant, with abundant wood paneling. In fact, Gino says the amount of wood the owners wanted is greater than the current norm. Additionally, the shapes of furnishings are different, softer and comfier.
Finally, lighting design plays a significant role. The specialist company PSLab came in to execute the owners’ vision, which was further not the current norm. By day, the SW108 Hybrid yacht looks and feels bright and even energetic. Come nighttime, the mood changes to become cozier yet remain warm. The owners’ project manager, Christophe Harvey, explains, “The light is sometimes brushing a surface, or sometimes focused on an outstanding detail of the interior furniture.” Equally important, “the source is less visible to the eye.”
Launch is set for next summer.
Farr Yacht Design farrdesign.com
Nauta Design nautadesign.com
Southern Wind Shipyard sws-yachts.com
More About the SW108 Hybrid Yacht
LOA: 107’5” (32.77 meters)
Beam: 24’6” (7.51 meters)
Draft: 13’1” to 20’3” (4 to 6.2 meters)
Guests: 8 in 4 staterooms
Engines: 2/150-hp Cummins with integrated gensets (hybrid); sailplan not available
Range: transoceanic under sail and power
Builder: Southern Wind Shipyard
Stylist: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: Farr Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Nauta Design