Southern Wind launches sailing superyacht Seatius

Written by Gemma Fottles

South African shipyard Southern Wind has announced the launch of the second vessel in their miniseries of high-performance cruiser races: the 31.41-metre Seatius. Following her sistership Sorceress which was delivered last summer, some key differences between the two yachts include optimisation of Seatius for high-performance bluewater cruising rather than racing.

Seatius launchat Southern Wind  in Cape TownPhoto: Southern Wind shipyard

As with Sorceress, Southern Wind once again worked with Nauta Yachts and Farr Yacht Design on this SW96 project, with Nauta taking the lead on the design of the exterior and interior while Farr Yacht Design developed the naval architecture of the project to meet the cruising needs of the owner. Both parties were involved from the beginning in helping Southern Wind create the concept of this market-pleasing offering. 

Seatius’ deck hardware has longitudinal jib tracks and hydraulic cars along with other 'easy sailing' features. A corridor with minimal level changes connects the manoeuvring cockpit to the guest area for easy and safe circulation when cruising. The interior features a three-guest cabin layout with a spacious and enjoyable TV and living area. The owner’s cabin forward offers wide volumes and ample storage. The crew area aft has a double captain’s cabin, two crew cabins and a spacious galley that opens onto the crew mess. Seatius launchat Southern Wind  in Cape TownPhoto: Southern Wind shipyardThe owner and his wife were present at the launching ceremony, where just before breaking a bottle of champagne on the yacht’s bow they gave a speech thanking the shipyard for making their superyacht dreams a reality: “After years of dreaming and planning, we are finally launching Seatius. I wish to thank all the lovely people involved for their terrific job; I’ve never seen such a beautiful yacht in all my life. I’m very happy and proud that we will sail her all over the globe.

Cruising around the world on Seatius will be with a relatively small crew upon delivery in April, starting with a 7,000 nm maiden voyage departing Cape Town. Southern Wind SW96/02 exterior rendering

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