Satisfaction, the first unit in the 32.27-metre SW105 high-performance cruisers miniseries which was launched back in October 2017, has recently been delivered after extensive sea trials in Cape Town.
This project is the product of a close collaboration among Southern Wind, Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design, who have been working together since the very beginning on the general concept. The yacht has been conceived to provide an exceptional sailing experience combined with outstanding stability and comfort. Sloop-rigged, Satisfaction was built from a carbon fibre hull and superstructure to comply with RINA classification standards. For added weight saving, she features synthetic teak decks.
Farr Yacht Design took care of the yacht’s naval architecture and exterior styling. “The aim when conceiving this project was to incorporate a modicum of race boat features into a cruiser/racer while keeping a beautiful aesthetic and a high level of comfort,” explains Jim Schmicker, vice-president of Farr Yacht Design. “The wide aft sections and transom make for more internal volume and deck area. This generous width is carefully balanced with extra volume in the forward sections to ensure the yacht remains in control with a level fore-and-aft trim when sailing at typical upwind heel angles.”
Satisfaction features generously wide aft sections, an open transom and a twin rudder configuration, which allow a garage for a 4.2m+ carbon jet tender and a 3m+ jet ski, an exceptional feature on a yacht of this size. For ease of on-deck service, she has been fitted with a custom electric dumbwaiter that connects the galley to the cockpit.
The modern design of SW105 is immediately evident from the single level deck: on top of comfortable and safe passage, this layout creates a continuous line from stern to coach roof that makes the yacht look longer and sleeker.
Nauta Design is responsible for the yacht’s interior design. The brief called for “house-like ergonomics” and Massimo Gino of Nauta Design adds: “We succeeded in designing a single level deck while keeping the freeboard low [and] without compromising the height of the interiors for the comfort of guests and crew, and still leaving room for all the structures and running systems as we had planned from the start.”
The uncluttered sightlines of this Raised Saloon yacht blend a sleek coach roof with high ceilings; light floods into the interior through panoramic windows and hull portlights. A telescopic keel was designed to fulfil the owner’s desire for an advanced keel design without compromising the interior layout and saloon space.
SW105 interior features Southern Wind Shipyard’s most popular layout with the owner’s cabin located forward in the bow and two comfortable twin rooms and a double cabin amidships, with crew quarters and galley aft. Accommodation is thus provided for up to eight guests. The crew area is an efficient living and working environment for five or six crew.
Her fixed bowsprit incorporates an integrated anchor arm and fittings for a gennaker tack line and a furling code zero. Auxiliary power comes from a single 305hp Cummins QSB 6.7 MCD engine, while her telescopic keel means the maximum draught can be reduced from 5.6 metres to 3.65 metres when cruising in shallow waters.
Commenting on her performance, Marco Aberti, general manager of Southern Wind, said: “Satisfaction is a perfectly balanced and powerful sailing yacht that performs very well in light air. Thanks to her twin rudder configuration, she is very light on the helm in any condition. The wide deck with the cockpits on the same level gives a real superyacht feeling.”
Two further hulls in the Southern Wind 105 series are already under construction, with launch dates already planned for June and December 2018.