Discover the process of designing a yacht. Seahorse Magazine explains how far Southern Wind can optimise an existing design path to create truly customized yachts, as well as the major benefits of an extensively customized, “smart custom” platform from the perspective of SW105 Taniwha‘s owner.
The Southern Wind 105 GT Taniwha shows just how far you can optimise an existing design path.
How far can you push the boundaries of semi-custom yacht design and production before it turns into a full custom project with all the inherent risk factors, project management complexity, increased cost and inevitably longer time scale that a fully bespoke boat entails?
Southern Wind Shipyard and its partners, Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design, found a sweet spot with their latest collaboration, working on behalf of an experienced yacht owner who came to them with well-developed ideas about the best configuration and concept for a 30-metre cruiser-racer. The end result by all accounts is a spectacular success. Breathtakingly sleek and stylistically unique, the Southern Wind 105 GT Taniwha was delivered on time and on budget with remarkable weight savings and performance gains achieved.
‘Just like a classic gran turismo car is designed for speed across long distances, this project is conceived as an elegant and fast blue water boat that can also be enjoyed for shorter sprints,’ says Andrea Micheli, commercial director at Southern Wind Shipyard. ‘Taniwha can be considered a…