South African yard Southern Wind has confirmed that Kiboko Tres, the second hull in the SW105 series of 32 metre sailing yachts, has been delivered.
Delivered in Cape Town after undergoing extensive sea trials, Kiboko Tres is now ready to embark on her maiden voyage to Palma de Mallorca in the Mediterranean where she will be based.
Built for a repeat Southern Wind owner, Kiboko Tres is named after the Kenya Swahili word for “hippopotamus” to represent the yacht’s power and speed.
The owner revealed that the use of Kiboko Tres will be two-fold; racing and relaxation. “I was looking for a high-performance yacht to race within the superyacht regattas on the world circuit, at the same time looking for a place to spend precious time with my large family and completely disconnect from our daily commitments,” they said.
She is the sistership of Satisfaction, the first hull in the series, which was delivered in January this year.
Like Satisfaction, Kiboko Tres features exterior and interior design by Nauta Design and naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design.
She features wide aft sections, an open transom and a twin rudder configuration, increased sail area and fixed keel for extra righting movement. Her “chic, sporty” exterior design also features full carbon hull, deck and bulkheads for significant weight saving.
Farr Yacht Design vice president Jim Schmicker said Kiboko Tres' sail area was “key” to her success. “She will occasionally race, so the amount of sail area was crucial for achieving the best performance, along with a rating that makes her competitive throughout the wind range,” he said.
Kiboko Tres also features a removable racing bowsprit and garage large enough to accommodate a 4.3 metre tender.
Nauta Yachts’ interior design places the large saloon above the engine room and master cabin at the bow.
Three additional ensuite guest cabins sit amidships, providing total accommodation for eight guests. The crew area meanwhile is aft and can accommodate a staff of six in three cabins. The staff quarters also include two heads, a crew galley, mess and navigational system. Key interior materials include oak furniture and light blue and white upholstery to achieve a “Mallorcan style”.