Stand-out feature of the new vessel is a GT (Gran Turismo) deck configuration conceived by Nauta Design
Southern Wind has announced the launch of a new “smart custom” bluewater cruiser, the fourth of its versatile SW105 high-performance cruiser collaboration with Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design.
SW105#4 Taniwha was christened in Cape Town on Sunday and will now undergo sea trials before leaving on her maiden voyage. A stand-out feature of the new vessel is a GT (Gran Turismo) deck configuration conceived by Nauta Design. “This new deck design has an innovative and clean look that is driven by the methods of composite construction and by racing yacht styling,” said Massimo Gino from Nauta Design. “ We think that our GT design will be a successful new style because it rests on a solid base of concepts which are the expression of a pure design”, Gino said in a statement.
“The interior design is 100% new. It’s the result of a well-planned mixture of materials and geometries that we have developed on our most recent yachts. It’s elegant and understated but never predictable” Gino said.
Another notable design feature is a minimal coach-roof, to lend the vessel sleek lines “and a wider cockpit area on a single level,” SWS said. “The helm positions have been moved closer to the gunwales for better views forward and aloft, allowing a generous sun pad area just below the maneuvering cockpit and a garage for a 4.2m tender,” the company said.
High-tech lightweight materials – including titanium deck, mast and boom fittings – were preferred to maximize performance, with hydraulic and electric power management systems geared accordingly. Said SWS: “Like a classic Gran Turismo car is designed for speed across long distances and enjoyment on shorter runs, this project is conceived as an elegant and fast bluewater cruiser that can also be enjoyed for brief jaunts.” .
SWS describes the SW105 project aims “to incorporate a modicum of race boat features into a cruiser racer while keeping a beautiful aesthetic and a high level of comfort.”
“It provides all the comforts of a modern superyacht, while also excelling on coastal or bluewater race courses,” the boatbuilder said.