Nauta Design has shared the full photoshoot of the brand-new Southern Wind 105GT, Taniwha, one of the stars of the recent Monaco Yacht Show. Delivered this summer, she has just had her first public outing and collected plaudits from across the sector. 



For Nauta Design it was a particularly challenging project because it meant interpreting the owners brief by adding customizations to the versatile SW105 platform and Southern Wind proved to be the right shipyard to master this challenge at best. The Milan-based studio had already drawn the deck lines and designed the interior for the previous three hulls in Southern Wind’s ‘smart custom’ line series.



“When Southern Wind introduced us to the potential clients, we carefully noted all their wishes and briefs and immediately had that light-bulb moment,” says Nauta co-founder Massimo Gino. “We gave rise to a sleeker, sporty,  automobile design-inspired version of the boat, featuring a new deck design which – together with Southern Wind Shipyard - we christened the ‘Gran Turismo’. When our new design for this SW105 #4 was presented, we could tell by the enthusiasm in the owners’ eyes that we had understood and matched their brief.”



The yacht's naval architecture was made by Farr Yacht Design. SW105 GT has a full carbon hull with her foredeck and cockpit in Nomex and pre-preg. Lightweight and with a generous sail plan, the yacht has a mast and boom in high modulus carbon and EC6 standing rigging.



The owners’ brief to the Taniwha interior was very clear: they wanted to have a holistic indoor-outdoor connection, and that connection be expressed in all the styling under deck, which should be sober, clean, light as the deck design.



Natural materials should be used for the interior furniture, and they requested that every detail was carefully designed so as to be “over the top” and set a new reference in interior design.



The transparent main companionway, sided with glass so you can see from indoors to out while moving between the deck and interiors, puts in direct communication interiors and exterior and creates a flow of life and style between outdoor and indoor.
From the helmsman position on deck, you can see throughout the interiors towards the TV lounge and even further.



In the same way, from the owner’s cabin you can look out and see what is happening in the aft cockpit. 



The interior design and geometry follows the natural curves of the hull rather than seeking to obscure it behind the 90-degree corners of standard cabinetry. Nowhere is this approach clearer than in the owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins aft.



The cabins feature floating lockers fixed to the hull sides, which are functional and beautiful while also showing, instead of hiding, the yacht’s true hull shape. The beds are on slanted and curved bases that create extra foot room and harmonise the yacht’s hull shape.


 
Generously sized bathrooms feature lightweight moulded resin basins and surfaces, specially formulated by expert Italian craftsmen to perfectly resemble “Italian stucco”.  The main saloon includes a stunning teak dome  around the skylight, which emphasises the abundant natural light and the headroom, while creating a sense of cosiness. 



Teak tables in the welcoming full-beam saloon have a double purpose, capable of rising to provide dining, or lowering to become a coffee table. The tables, too, are designed to look as if they’re light and floating by using a top that shows thin edges with metal inlay – echoing the effect seen elsewhere on the boat. 



Taniwha can accommodate six guests across three staterooms and a crew of five.

“In this yacht you’ll find all of our latest design innovations combined in a particularly coherent way so that they match perfectly with the GT style of the yacht’s exteriors. Here we have  the same language in and out, it is holistic" says Massimo Gino.

Southern Wind is a boutique bluewater sailing yacht shipyard founded in Cape Town in 1991. Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high-performance superyachts. 

Credits: Southern Wind; Giuliano Sargentini; Rob Kamhoot; Nauta Design

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