Southern Wind Begins Construction on Fourth SW105 Sailing Yacht
by Miranda Blazeby
South African yard Southern Wind has begun construction on its fourth SW105 sailing superyacht.
Currently under construction in Cape Town, the 32 metre yacht has been sold to a first time Southern Wind customer described as “a passionate yachtsman”.
It follows the third hull in the series, The Power of 2, which was delivered in April this year.
The fourth hull in the series will feature a “generous sail plan” and “light configuration”, including a lifting keel that reduces the yacht’s draft from 5.9 metres to 3.8 metres. Despite this, the yacht will still retain the “characteristic features” of an archetypal Southern Wind yacht.
Southern Wind technical coordinator Paul Dumbell said: “The increase in righting movement opens up options like carrying a square top main sail which will be an impressive sight combined with his new deck design.”
Vice president of Farr Yacht Design, Jim Schmicker, added that the lifting keel’s “reduced bulb weight will result in a fine-tuned balance between upwind and downwind performance.”
“The SW105 GT has a generous sail area for excellence acceleration and performance in light winds and downwind in all wind speeds,” he said.
The yard has paid particular attention to weight optimisation on the yacht, resulting in a full carbon hull. The hydraulic and electric power management systems have also been kept intentionally lightweight. These changes have resulted in a displacement reduction of more than three tons in comparison to the first three hulls in the series.
The fourth hull will also sport an entirely new deck layout, resulting in a wider cockpit on a single level and the helm positions moved closer to the gunwales.
Nauta Design founder Massimo Gino and Mario Pedol said they had worked hard to “distil the most important elements of the deck layout” resulting in “a very appealing look that expresses performance potential and aerodynamic efficiency.”
Accommodation on board will be for a total of six guests in three cabins; an owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins aft of the saloon, one VIP and one twin. All guest cabins are ensuite. Other interior details include a day head and studio forward of the saloon, which easily converts to an ensuite double cabin.
The crew area aft meanwhile allows accommodation for five staff, including an ensuite captain’s cabin. The interior décor has been described as “elegant and comfortable” while still being “functional and seafaring”.