november 19, 2021 - Nauta Design

Behind the scenes of Nauta's groundbreaking design for Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha

  • Fourth and lightest version of the Southern Wind 105 hull
  • ‘Gran turismo’ styling creates sleeker deck profile
  • Careful use of natural materials for a clean, cosy feel
  • Floating furniture to reveal hull lines below

Nauta #design has showcased the depth of its #design skills in the brand-new Southern Wind 105GT, Taniwha, one of the stars of the recent Monaco #yacht Show. Delivered this summer, she has just had her first public outing and collected plaudits from across the sector.

It was a particularly challenging project because it meant interpreting the owners brief by adding customizations to the versatile SW105 platform and Southern Wind proved to be the right shipyard to master this challenge at best.  The Milan-based studio had already drawn the deck lines and designed the interior for the previous three hulls in this Southern Wind’s ‘smart custom’ line series.

“When Southern Wind introduced us to the potential clients, we carefully noted all their wishes and brief and immediately had that light-bulb moment,” says Nauta co-founder Massimo Gino. “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 #4 was presented, we could tell by the enthusiasm in the owners’ eyes that we had understood and matched their brief.”

Southern Wind took a hard look at every element of the #design in order to save weight in an efficient way– eventually delivering a #yacht that displaced less than the fastest SW105 to date, thus not compromising the comfort typical of a #superyacht.

“We wanted to save weight in a clever way. For every kilogram weight 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 center of gravity” says Andrea Micheli, Southern Wind Shipyard Commercial Director.

It drove Nauta to completely redesign the deck to create a sense of speed and streamlining. A lower toe-rail, a slender  coachroof and a cockpit that is wider and shallower – all have been combined to great effect.

Further information in the press release to download

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