A close-knit family of sailing boat builders & passionate owners

Southern Wind can be considered as a “family” whose members are all united by a strong passion for bluewater sailing, inspiring a camaraderie and sense of belonging that lasts through generations. Southern Wind is built on the pillars of coherence, trust and respect. These are the foundations of our relationship with each and every owner, and the reason our loyal community builds with us time and time again. Southern Wind is committed to sustainability, working hard to ensure that our business is resilient to whatever the future holds.

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Southern Wind is a boutique sailing yacht shipyard, founded in Cape Town in 1991.  With European shareholders, all sailors and yachtsmen, an international management and the shipyard in South Africa, it’s a crossroad of different cultures. Open minds and flexibility are the basis of this company’s growth and staying true to its corporate values is its driver.

Our heritage is in each of the yachts we deliver, in the eyes of all our happy owners, and in the pride of our passionate team. This means that our heritage grows with us, allowing us to adapt to new ideas and continue generating unique and sustainable solutions for our clients.


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From the moment you enquire about one of our versatile, smart custom yachts to the moment your vessel is delivered, our team of sailing boat builders will be by your side to ensure that everything is as you wish.

Far removed from the factory-like build of production yachts, we offer almost limitless personalisation in our sailing yacht design. Although all our bluewater sailing boats share a common heritage, relying on tried-and-tested Southern Wind solutions that ensure safety and performance, no two are the same.

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Our team

With European shareholders comprising entrepreneurs and yachtsmen, an international and knowledgeable management, and a highly skilled workforce in South Africa, Southern Wind is a globally orientated company boasting a leading positioning in the luxury superyacht market. Our diversity is our strength.

At the same time, we offer a deeply personalised service that has grown over the years, and that will only continue to flourish.

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