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.


With hull lines penned by Farr Yacht Design, this high-performance superyacht and hybrid sailboat will have a full carbon hull and prepreg side and foredeck. Lifting keel, twin rudder configuration, carbon rigging and an upgraded hydraulic winches package are just some of the ingredients that emphasise the sporty soul of Nyumba. A tender garage for a 4.5m tender and a customised extra large swimming platform make for better comfort and enjoyment at sea.



SW96#04 has the sleek and elegant lines of the GT deck configuration, specially designed to meet the client’s requests. Massimo Gino of Nauta Design, responsible for the yacht’s exterior and interior design, explains: “The SW96#4 deck design is the evolution of the successful GT deck concept, already applied on the newly launched SW105 GT Taniwha with several details that have been designed specifically to meet the owner’s request. Clear, uncluttered deck equipment positioning allows for easy circulation on board and the mainsail track and steering positions are completely new. The GT styling makes everything look breath-taking in its simplicity and lightness“.


Nyumba, the Swahili word for “home,” reflects the fact that the owners want the yacht to be their second home. Comfortable and cosy, SW96#04 interiors feature Southern Wind’s owner cabin forward layout with two comfortable guest cabins amidships and crew quarters and galley aft. Her main saloon is a light, bright open space that will be customised to meet the needs posed by clients’ live-aboard use of the yacht. The volumes of a fourth cabin are devoted to a comfortable TV area with an extra lounging sofa.

Hybrid sailboat SW96#4 Nyumba is currently under construction at our shipyard in Cape Town, with hull sides and bottom outer skin lamination completed. Delivery of Southern Wind Shipyard’s first hybrid sailboat is scheduled for summer 2022.

Deck Plan of SW96#4

Main Specifications

Main Data

29.24m / 95.92ft
26.8m / 87.92ft
Beam (Max):
6.95m / 22.80ft
3.4-5.5m / 11.15-18.05ft (Lifting Keel)
58.8 tons


Advanced composite sandwich
Inner skin: Carbon /epoxy resin
Core: Corecell
Outer skin: Carbon /epoxy resin
Advanced composite sandwich
Inner skin: Carbon /epoxy resin
Core: Corecell
Outer skin: Carbon /epoxy resin
Honeycomb or foam sandwich structure with wooden veneers


Naval Architect:
Farr Yacht Design
General Concept:
Nauta Design and Southern Wind Shipyard with Farr Yacht Design
Deck & Interior:
Nauta Design
Southern Wind Shipyard
Southern Wind Shipyard

96#04 Hybrid - Under Construction

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