The new SW105 GT, the fourth unit of the successful SW105 miniseries, is underway at the shipyard in Cape Town. Showing the versatility of the SW105 platform as penned by Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design, the yacht is being designed and constructed for a first-time Southern Wind owner, a passionate yachtsman who was looking for a performance cruiser with lots of personality. 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 cruiser than can also be enjoyed for shorter jaunts.
The fourth unit of the SW105 miniseries will have a light configuration with a generous sail plan while still retaining all of the characteristic features of a Southern Wind yacht. For the configuration of SW105#04 we had the opportunity to install a fully optimized lifting keel with 5.9m draft that includes a reduced bulb weight resulting in a fine-tuned balance between upwind and downwind performance. The vessel is being engineered for a higher righting moment and stiffer hull for reduced forestay sag. The increase in righting moment opens up options like carrying a square top mainsail.
The SW105 GT has a generous sail area for excellent acceleration and performance in light winds and downwind in all wind speeds.
Particular attention was given to weight optimization making for a displacement reduction of over 3 tons compared to her sisterships. In fact, the SW105 GT will have a full carbon hull and Nomex and pre-preg foredeck and cockpit. The hydraulic and electric power management systems were also carefully engineered and designed for a lightweight and efficient yacht.
The exterior design of the SW105 GT will stir emotion and announce and underline her performance potential. The yacht will have a completely new deck layout, carefully conceived by Nauta Design to meet the owner’s brief. The yacht will stand out for the sleek and sexy lines of her carbon coachroof. Compared to SW105 DS and RS versions, this new GT version has a wider cockpit area on a single level. The helm positions have been moved closer to the gunwales for better views forward and aloft.
The SW105 GT’s interior will feature Southern Wind Shipyard’s most popular owner’s cabin forward layout with some important custom features that differentiate her from her sisterships and prove the flexibility of this semicustom platform. Aft of the saloon SW105#4 has two cabins, an en suite VIP cabin with a walk-around bed and a second en suite twin guest cabin. Other special features of this yacht’s interior are the day head and studio fore of the saloon. With a deep sofa and a large desk, this space easily convert to a become an en suite double cabin.
The crew area aft is an efficient working environment for five and includes an en-suite Capitan’s cabin. The interior style will be elegant and comfortable but still functional and seafaring. Particular attention is being paid to sound insulation for guests’ privacy and comfort.
The yacht is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2021.