Two Southern Wind 102 DS sailing yachts on order and under construction
by Raphael Montigneaux
Southern Wind is ending 2011 on a high note, having signed contracts for two SW 102 DS sailing yachts, which are currently under construction. The successor of the successful SW 100 DS series, which saw nine launches between 2006 and 2009, the SW 102 DS was introduced in mid-2010 by the South African shipyard. The first hull was started a few months later, and the construction of a second hull is already under way with deliveries slated for spring and winter 2012, respectively.
The SW 102 DS is a deck saloon sailing yacht with naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design and general design, exterior and interior styling by Nauta Design. The waterline length of the composite hull was increased by 1.35 metres to enhance its stability and performance.
With a length of 31.42 metres overall, the SW 102 DS has 17 per cent more interior volume than the SW 100 DS and a layout that accommodates eight guests in a master, double and two twin cabins. However, the owners of the first two hulls have opted for completely different layouts, with owners and guests areas located aft on the first SW 102 DS, while the second one follows the standard design with crew quarters aft and the master cabin forward of the mast.
The 36.3 metre single mast of the SW 102 DS will allow a sail area of 477 square metres, and light winds, she will be powered by a single 305hp Cummins QSB 5.9 MCD engine.
The Southern Wind yard is keeping busy with the imminent delivery of a SW 100 RS and the construction of a SW 94 and a SW 82 in addition to the 2012 deliveries of these two SW 102 DS sailing yachts.