Exclusive: Southern Wind unveils the interiors of the first hybrid SW108 smart custom yacht

In July 2022, SuperYacht Times had the chance to sit down with the enthusiastic and experienced owners of the very first hybrid Southern Wind 108. Designed following  the shipyard’s new approach to semi-custom yacht design, Smart Custom, the super sailing yacht has been carefully tailored to her owner’s specifications and now SuperYacht Times has been given the chance to view her interior design for the first time. SW108/01 Hybrid yacht exterior designDesigned inside and out by the team at Nauta Design under Massimo Gino, the first SW108 features a completely new design from the original model, as Massimo explained during an interview with Justin Ratcliffe. “The client pushed for a new design, with a different quantity of wood compared with bright  panels and the owner has been very involved with the interior styling.” From the first render, the result of this process is an elegant and refined interior aesthetic, utilising a neutral palette with warm undertones that are reflected in the wooden panelling. SW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignRead: Owners of the first SW108 Hybrid on the Southern Wind Smart Custom approach

One of the most striking features of the two-level saloon is a cleverly conceived lounge sofa on the lower level which moulds into the upper level sofa and acts as a unifier between the two spaces. Not only does this custom designed piece of furniture ingeniously combine the two levels of the saloon, it also adds an organic and flowing form to the interior design that opens the space and draws the eye through the saloon. This organic, flowing form is echoed throughout the interior, with soft forms and rounded edges that lend the interiors a very natural look. This connection with nature is really paramount to the yacht’s design, and the large windows throughout the SW108 emphasise this element, with light flooding in from the sides and from the deck hatches. SW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignSW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignTo the port side of the main saloon there is a dining area, and to the aft of that a bar which welcomes guests as they enter the yacht. Her three staterooms echo the aesthetic of the main saloon, and the staterooms are unusually spacious for a yacht of her size, with high ceilings and walk-around beds in the master and double cabins. The master stateroom is situated in the bow of the yacht, and features a large bathroom, lounge area and a large closet. The owner’s have also opted for a study room to be situated opposite the lower level of the saloon, which will act as a private space, ideal for working or retreating during long passages. Versatility was a major consideration when the yacht was in the design phases, and many of the spaces can be transformed for different purposes and during different types of sailing. For example, the study room can also be used as a single cabin, or as a double when the deck is stored, meaning that more guests can be accommodated when the owners have friends and family onboard.SW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignChristophe Harvey, Project Manager at Southern Wind added, “On the request of the owners and with the close supervision of  Nauta Yachts, the SW108/01 features a unique lighting design conceived by PSLab. Barbara Cenni and Matteo Cacciari of PSlab have proposed a beautiful concept that will both create a bright and lively ambiance during the day and a very warm and cosy atmosphere when the evening comes. Out of the traditional lighting solutions in boat building, they have proposed design and technical solutions where the light is sometimes brushing a surface, or sometimes focused on an outstanding detail of the interior furniture. The lighting system has been conceived with the aim of offering the highest possible quality of light installed in a way where the source is never visible to the eye.”SW108 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignSW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignVideo: Southern Wind's Smart Custom approach

Both of the yacht’s owners are passionate sailors and are excited about the prospect of undergoing long passages aboard their yacht, they also have young children and so creating a harmonious and spacious interior was vital for them. During the interview last July, they explained that creating that sense of bright spaciousness was a vital part of the interior design process and one that they thoroughly enjoyed. “The process was so much more than just choosing the fabrics, colours and some features. We had particularly big ambitions for the design and quality of the interiors and Massimo Gino and Patrick Pigoni at Nauta developed a completely new design for us that is light and airy and will showcase the workmanship Southern Wind is capable of.” SW108/01 Hybrid yacht interior designPhoto: Nauta DesignToday that workmanship is well underway and with the designs finalised, the team in Cape Town are currently working on the custom joinery for the yacht. Assembling the interiors at the workshop, the painstaking task of outfitting the yacht is only around the corner, and the owner’s are extremely excited to take delivery of the yacht this summer.

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