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First Southern Wind hybrid sailing yacht Nyumba underway

21 May 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

Construction on Southern Wind’s first 29.3m hybrid sailing yacht named Nyumba has begun in Cape Town.

Named after the Swahili word for “home”, the fourth unit in the South African yard’s SW96 series, Nyumba is due for delivery in summer 2022. Construction is already well underway, with both hull sides and bottom outer skin lamination complete.

Commissioned by a “young, hands-on owner” described as a “passionate sailor”, Nyumba will be used to sail around the world with limited crew and partake in a number of superyacht regattas.

Southern Wind revealed the owner requested a “sexy, comfortable, reliable and sustainable” yacht with a “sporty soul”. Complete with a new GT deck layout, Nyumba will feature a hybrid propulsion package developed with BAE Systems and will meet all the latest IMO Tier III regulations.

The hull lines of this high-performance superyacht were penned by Farr Yacht Design while Nauta Design penned the interior and exterior. Key features include a lifting keel, twin rudder configuration, carbon rigging and hydraulic winches. Elsewhere, Nyumba will be able to store a 4.5m tender in the garage aft and will feature a customised swimming platform.

The interiors are described as “comfortable and cosy” and feature accommodation for a total of six guests across an owner’s cabin and two guest cabins amidships. The crew quarters and galley will sit aft.