Southern Wind presented its new boat Southern Wind 108. A distinctive feature of the yacht will be an unusual hybrid power plant.
Innovative power plant
The 108-foot yacht (also known simply as the SW108) is equipped with a hydro-generated propulsion system and a range of high-tech features. The South African yacht manufacturer first unveiled the new model in the spring of 2021, and now it is showing the first hull of the series (still in the form of a render).
Designed by Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design, the SW108 will be available with three different keel configurations. So, there will be a lifting, telescopic or fixed keel to choose from. Owners will also be able to choose between different deck layouts (Raised Saloon, Deck Saloon or Gran Turismo) and a huge range of interior styles. This “Smart Custom” design approach, as the shipyard calls it, ensures that each yacht has its own unique identity (style).
This particular model will also feature a diesel-electric propulsion system. It consists of two generators, a set of lithium batteries and an engine. As a result, it will comply with the IMO Tier III standard. In other words, it will emit little (if any) carbon.
The system can operate in three different modes. "Silent" will provide zero emissions and noise. "Hybrid" optimizes fuel consumption. The "Hydrogeneration" mode will help you generate environmentally friendly energy on the go. The maximum speed and range have not yet been disclosed.
Yacht interior and exterior
Southern Wind claims the SW108 will have an advanced composite hull and deck design. The body will be made of resin and special foam, and will also be reinforced with carbon fiber. Thanks to this, the body will be light, but durable.
The interior will feature a layered foam structure with wood trim. The yacht will include a gym, sauna, large extended bathing platform and a garage large enough to store a 16ft tender.
Southern Wind quite rightly called the new yacht "the perfect balance between personal touch, innovation, reliability, sustainability and efficiency." The first building should be commissioned in 2023. The case is currently undergoing the final stages of the lamination process. After that, a dry installation of the deck on the hull will be carried out.
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