The Southern Wind SW100X concept’s propeller can be utilized as a hydro generator
The 30.48-meter Southern Wind SW100X concept has been unveiled by the South African based yacht maker, calling it “an iconic fast cruiser, reimagined with experience.” Southern Wind’s semi-custom yacht has been developed in collaboration with Nauta Design, which worked on both the interior and exterior, along with Farr Yacht Design who created the naval architecture.
The new design of the Southern Wind SW100X concept uses the most recent developments in hydrodynamic, aerofoil and naval architecture. She has a modern coachroof that provides the saloon 270-degree panoramic views. The aft deck can be outfitted with a swim platform and seaside couch that offers passengers easy access to the water. Southern Wind is the first builder to offer this new feature.
“The aft cockpit coamings, where steering stations and winches are placed, have been moved maximum outboard to optimize the visibility and line of sight from the helm positions. The position of the winches further outboard also improves the angles of sheets and lines,” said Nauta Design’s Massimo Gino.
To create a flowing, open deck, the wheels and winches have been positioned as far to each side as possible. Sunbeds, L-shaped seats, or a coffee table can be added to the multifunctional aft lounge. Southern Wind claims they developed this design in response to requests for larger swim platforms and more versatile sterns.
Although the Southern Wind SW100X concept will be powered by a Cummins engine with 305 horsepower, the company is also discovering various hybrid propulsion options. The yacht also has a telescopic keel that can extend to 18 feet, a 13-foot fixed keel, and a propeller that can also be used as a hydro generator to generate electricity while sailing. In order to reduce emissions, the ship is also expected to use battery power for operations, including docking.
With production starting next month, deliveries of the SW100X are expected for 2025.