The 27m/88.6ft luxury catamaran was developed with long-term partner Nauta Design who created the interior and exterior styling. Naval architecture came from catamaran specialist design firm Berret-Racoupeau, based in La Rochelle, France. The SWCAT90 will be constructed in carbon composite for a lightweight draft and combines the best elements of a monohull with the advantages of a broader beam for more space onboard (comparable to a 39m/128ft monohull), a reduced draft to navigate shallow waterways and the greater stability that two hulls provide.
“We began by examining what a yachtsman is expecting on their yacht and identified four main requirements,” explains Southern Wind’s Commercial Director Andrea Micheli “[The first is] Escape, or the desire to get away from everyday life. Performance, the thrill of true sailing and a connection with the sea. Comfort, the ability to explore the seas with friends and family in privacy on a luxurious and reliable vessel. Importantly, these objectives must be achieved with an environmentally conscious approach, with reduced dependency on fossil fuels and more focus on well-being. Our solution is to expand our range of offerings by multiplying what we do at best, matching a wider range of needs by introducing the SWCAT90 = SWS2.”
The SWCAT90 has been developed to provide each Owner with a highly versatile platform that can prioritise performance, eco-friendly sustainability or onboard luxury. The interiors provide 171m2 of interior floor space that includes a salon of 45m2 with 360-degree views. The deck space includes two cockpits and a flybridge of a combined 207m2 – a 50% increase from a monohull of similar size.
The accommodation is comprised of four guest cabins and two to three crew cabins which are separated from the guest area for maximum privacy.
The SWCAT90 naval architecture has been designed to take a classic shaft line or an electric serial hybrid propulsion system, the latter allowing the catamaran to cruise in silent mode. Clients can customise the range and speed of their vessel by selecting the size of the battery pack. This allows the main engine to be independent from the shaft line for greater generator efficiency as well as saving space and weight.
Southern Wind will build the SWCAT90 at their facilities in Cape Town, providing clients with the ability to customise their interiors, engine package and onboard amenities.