Southern Wind 100
This South African yard has specialized in large composite yachts for the past 10 years. This sloop, whose lines, sailplan, keel, and rudder are from Farr Yacht Design, is their largest project to date. The composite hull construction features an infused carbon/Kevlar and epoxy laminate; with structural engineering by SP Technologies. Displacement is expected to be about 130,000 pounds.
Although the sailplan is large4,564 square feetit is designed to be easily handled. All winches are hydraulic. Auxiliary power is provided by a 305-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, and two Onan generators produce more than enough electrical power for the yachts systems, which include an electric bow thruster.
The owners cabin is all the way forward and will have a king-size bed, a large vanity, a couch, and a spacious ensuite shower and head. The after portions of the yacht, including the galley, have been given over to the crew. A transom door gives access to a large garage that houses diving gear and other waterborne accessories usually found aboard a yacht this size.
Southern Wind Shipyard, Pegaso Yacht Division, Via Macaggi 25/21, 16121 Genoa, Italy; 011-39-010-570-40-35; www.sws-yachts.com