Southern Wind's First Hybrid Yacht Is Under Construction, Promises Luxury and Performance

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The first unit in the recently unveiled SW108 Hybrid series from Southern Wind Yachts is now under construction, promising an innovative design and competitive performance.
Southern Wind is based in Cape Town, Africa, and it’s been around since 1991. It boasts a production rate of two vessels per year, specializing in performance carbon yachts from 24 to 35 m (78 to 114 ft).

The new SW108 series is described by the builder as the first project to be conceived and engineered as a hybrid. With a length of 35 m (114 ft), including the bowsprit, the yacht’s naval architecture will be entrusted to Farr Yacht Design, while the interior and exterior design will be executed by Nauta Design.

As explained by the shipyard, the SW108 will feature a full carbon hull, carbon deck and bulkheads, carbon rigging, and titanium deck fittings to keep the displacement to 73.2 tons. According to the owner’s requests, the design of the vessel is sporty and lets plenty of light in thanks to the side windows and its central skylight.

The SW108 has a spacious guest cockpit, and it is connected to the interior by a large companionway. Its hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system is designed in collaboration with BAE Systems.

A woody interior and modern furniture geometries convey warmth and style. Eight guests can be accommodated onboard the SW108. The owner’s cabin is forward, and there are three guest cabins amidship. There’s a spacious, L-shaped social area forward the saloon, with living, dining spaces, and a TV lounge.

As the SW108 is designed to be a powerful yacht, it will feature an increased sail plan, a lifting keel of 6.2 meters (20 ft), and twin rudders.

Southern Wind says that the hull and deck of its first SW108 unit are now under lamination. The delivery of the yacht is scheduled for the summer of 2023.
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