30m RP-Nauta 100 yacht Morgana begins 7,500 mile maiden voyage

Written by Parisa Hashempour

The 30-metre custom yacht Morgana has departed from South Africa’s Cape Town and is heading to the Mediterranean where her new owners await her. After three years in the making, she is Southern Wind’s latest custom model.Morgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardIn 2017, the experienced owner began the design process with Nauta Design and naval architects Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design to help create "a fast bluewater cruiser that can sail comfortably around the world" and compete in well-known superyacht regattas.  Morgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht deck Photo: Southern Wind
Built with various types of carbon, the lightweight superyacht comes with a lifting keel, a single rudder, a hybrid HR40 carbon mast, Hall Spars mast and boom and Future Fibres ECsix rigging among her performance-enhancing features. Morgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern WindMorgana yacht stern with swim platformPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana has a spacious flush deck and stands out due to the sleek and sporty lines of her coachroof. The clean lines also benefit from a hidden mooring arrangement and an underwater anchor system.Morgana yacht deckPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern Wind

Morgana yacht deck planPhoto: Southern Wind Shipyard

On board are three staterooms including a large owner’s suite forward with ample closet space and a TV area in the forward part of the saloon. The aft crew area features a captain’s cabin and a crew cabin with two bunks to starboard.Morgana yacht stateroomPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht stateroomPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht galleyPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMarco Alberti, Southern Wind’s General Manager, expressed his satisfaction while watching the yacht leaving the dock: "During the six weeks between the launch and the handover to her owner, we've fine-tuned the systems and honed the details of the deck and interiors. But, most of all, we’ve tested her by sailing in all weather conditions. It was amazing how light she felt at the helm sailing at 16/17 knots. Powerful and balanced, aboard Morgana I always felt in complete control.”Morgana yacht saloonPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht saloonPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardMorgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern Wind

"We like to believe that with Morgana, we did more than build a custom yacht, we built an efficient custom yacht,” added Andrea Micheli, SWS Commercial Director. “The construction and the design of this yacht benefited from a very efficient cooperation between the designers, the project manager and the yard aimed towards finding the best balance between innovation and well-proven, reliable technologies.” Morgana yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Southern Wind Shipyard

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