Onboard: 32m sailing yacht Taniwha

Following her maiden voyage this past summer and her debut at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the 32.27-metre sailing yacht Taniwha has certainly made waves this year. Here, we take a closer look onboard the high-performance sloop.Taniwha yacht sailing Photo: Rob KamhootTaniwha was delivered this year and built by Southern Wind Shipyard in South Africa as part of the Southern Wind 105 series, of which three additional units are already cruising and the other  currently in build. She was designed with a GT (Gran Turismo) configuration, which contributes to her sleek deck profile.Taniwha yacht sailing Photo: Rob KamhootFarr Yacht Design completed her naval architecture, while Nauta Design penned both her sleek exterior lines and interior design. Taniwha is constructed with a GRP superstructure and a carbon fibre hull.Taniwha yacht profilePhoto: Rob Kamhoot“When Southern Wind introduced us to the potential clients, we carefully noted all their wishes and brief and immediately had that lightbulb moment,” says Massimo Gino, co-founder of Nauta Design. “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 was presented, we could tell by the enthusiasm in the owners’ eyes that we had understood and matched their brief.”Taniwha yacht sailing When designing Taniwha, emphasis was especially placed on reducing her weight to ensure a high-performance result. A lower toe-rail, low-profile coachroof and wider yet shallower cockpit implemented by Nauta Design all contributed to this weight reduction. “We wanted to save weight in a clever way. For every kilogram saving proposed, we offered a rating. Saving weight higher up above deck is good and well spent, with a strong benefit in terms of distance from the centre of gravity,” comments Andrea Micheli, Commercial Director of Southern Wind Shipyard.Taniwha yacht deckPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardTaniwha yacht deckPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardTaniwha yacht deckPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardThe resulting design, “has an innovative and clean look that is driven by the methods of composite construction and by racing yacht styling,” which, “combines  a powerful sail plan and lightweight construction with all the comforts of a bluewater cruiser,” explains Gino.Taniwha yacht sailing The design brief for the yacht’s interior clearly outlined an emphasis on a seamless connection between the interior and exterior, while making use of natural light and a clean colour palette. This was achieved by the use of a transparent main companionway which creates a natural flow between the deck and interior. Teak flooring was used inside to provide connection to the outdoors as well as enhancing Taniwha’s warm interior design. “Warm but bright, easy on the eye and soft to the touch. The combination of the light flooring and the fabric-covered wall panels gives brightness to the interior,” further explains Gino.Taniwha yacht saloonPhoto: Rob KamhootTaniwha yacht saloonPhoto: Rob KamhootThe full-beam main saloon is functional yet very aesthetic. A teak table can be raised to serve as a dining table or lowered to function as a coffee table.Taniwha yacht saloonPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardTaniwha yacht saloonPhoto: Rob KamhootTaniwha yacht saloonPhoto: Southern Wind Shipyard

Taniwha yacht galleyPhoto: Rob KamhootTaniwha accommodates as many as six guests across three staterooms, which have been cleverly styled to maximise space. The beds have been slanted to create extra space while conforming to the yacht’s natural curves.Taniwha yacht stateroomPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardTaniwha yacht stateroomPhoto: Rob KamhootTaniwha yacht bathroomPhoto: Southern Wind Shipyard
In addition to Taniwha’s generous sail area, she is equipped with one Cummins Inc. QSB 6.7 MCD diesel engine.Taniwha yacht sailing

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