Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high performance superyachts. Each of the projects launched over the shipyard’s history has given rise to successful mini-series each of which has contributed in its own way to consolidating our solid reputation.

Investment in research, product development and the latest construction techniques has been of paramount importance to SWS’s technological innovation over the years. As a result, the shipyard is entirely selfsufficient in all aspects of yacht manufacturing, from lamination and steelwork to carpentry, painting and interior assembly.

1990

1990

AGA JARI – RON HOLLAND 72’D

The story begins. Willy Persico chooses South Africa to build his own yacht assisted by Antonio Minniti, interior designer

1991

1991

THE SHIPYARD
The yard when purchased by Willy Persico in 1991

1991

1991

WET LAY-UP LAMINATION
Fibreglass and vinylester wet lay-up, male plug for the hull and female mould for the deck

1992

1992

SW72 HEDAL

SW72 mini-series: the beginning of the collaboration with Farr Yacht Design and Antonio Minniti.
10 yachts launched in 10 years

1992

1992

TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 30

1996

1996

INTRODUCTION OF EPOXY RESIN IN THE LAMINATION
Epoxy resin has much better mechanical properties than vinylester

2000

2000

SW95 DHARMA IN THE ANTARCTIC

SW95 and SW93 mini-series: the beginning of the collaboration with Nauta Design

2000

2000

INTRODUCTION OF CARBON FIBRE IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

The use of carbon fibre allows for stiffer and lighter yachts

2001

2001

INTRODUCTION OF PRE-PREG
The use of the pre-preg in the lamination of rudder stocks and other components allows for even lighter construction

2003

2003

SW80 SKIP ’N BOU

Launch of the SW80 mini-series

2005

2005

INTRODUCTION OF EPOXY INFUSION & HULL FEMALE MOULD CONTRUCTIONS
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 210
The use of infusion in the lamination process makes for the best fibre/resin ratio, reducing weight and granting more rigid and resistant constructions

2006

2006

SW100DS FAREWELL

SW100 mini-series: the mini-series that made SWS the leading builder of 100’ yachts.
13 yachts launched in 6 years

2006

2006

SW72 KIBOKO TUJA

One-off SW72 by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design and Antonio Minniti

2008

2008

THREE PIECE HULL MOULDS

This revolutionary hull construction process allowed workers to laminate on an almost horizontal rather than on an upright surface for better quality infusions in less tim

2010

2010

INTRODUCTION OF CARBON IN THE INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
The use of carbon in the construction of some interior components such as countertops and floor bearers allowed for lighter and state-of-the-art interiors

2010

2010

SW94 KIBOKO DOS

Launch of the SW94 mini-series

2010

2010

SW110 THALIMA

One-off SW110, Southern Wind’s flagship by Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design

2012

2012

SW102DS ALMAGORES

Launch of the SW102DS mini-series

2013

2013

SW82 FEELIN’ GOOD

Launch of the SW82 mini-series

 

2015

2015

SW102RS FARFALLA

Winner of the 2015 edition of the World Superyacht Awards for her “quality and value”

2015

2015

FIRST “CARBON & NOMEX” CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION: RP90
This Reichel/Pugh 90’ is a custom-built project with deck and interior bulkheads built in pre-preg Carbon and Nomex honeycomb, for weight optimization and stiffer construction

2016

2016

THE SHIPYARD
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 300
The yard today

2017

2017

SW-RP90 CUSTOM

Launch of the One-off custom project SW-RP90 by Reichel Pugh Yacht Design and Nauta Design

2017

2017

SW96 SORCERESS

Launch of the SW96 mini-series

2017

2017

SW105 SATISFACTION

Launch of the SW105 mini-series