SW96#04 is the first hybrid sailboat in the Southern Wind fleet.
The fourth unit of the successful SW96 series, she was conceived for a young, hands-on owner and a passionate sailor on his third sailing yacht. He approached SWS looking for a high-performance, efficient cruising yacht to sail shorthanded around the world. An added plus would be a yacht that could successfully compete in top superyacht regattas.
After initially considering a custom construction, the client opted for a 96-foot yacht with Southern Wind’s “smart custom” offering, allowing him to reap the benefits of both the yard and the design team’s experience and reliability. He encouraged the shipyard to develop a version of a SW96 optimised to meet his request for a sexy, comfortable, reliable, and above all, sustainable yacht.
SW96#4 is therefore the first electric-hybrid sailboat in the Southern Wind fleet. Her power and propulsion system was developed in collaboration with BAE Systems, a multinational company that designs and manufactures technology leading solutions. Their patented HybridGen® system is engineered to be compliant with the world’s most stringent environmental rules, with zero emissions capability and a HydroGeneration mode to recharge the Lithium-ion energy storage when under sail. The BAE Systems next-generation hardware provides the highest system efficiency, ensuring the vessel owner enjoys noise free zero emissions for longer.