Nauta’s design for Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha

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Nauta Design has showcased the depth of its design skills in the brand-new Southern Wind 105GT, Taniwha, one of the stars of the Monaco Yacht Show 2021. 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.

This is a photography of Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha sailing
Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha

‘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.

This is a photography of Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha sailing superyacht
Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha

The owners’ attention to all was essential to achieving the harmonious and balanced end result seen in the interiors. The Owners’ brief was very clear: they wanted to have a holistic indoor-outdoor connection, and that connection be expressed in all the styling under deck, which should be sober, clean, light as the deck design.

Natural materials should be used for the interior furniture, and they requested that every detail was carefully designed so as to be ‘over the top’ and set a new reference in interior design.This is a photography of sailing superyacht sunset

The transparent main companionway, sided with glass so you can see from indoors to out while moving between the deck and interiors, puts in direct communication interiors and exterior and creates a flow of life and style between outdoor and indoor.

From the helmsman position on deck, you can see throughout the interiors towards the TV lounge and even further. In the same way, from the owner’s cabin you can look out and see what is happening in the aft cockpit.


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The interior design and geometry follows the natural curves of the hull rather than seeking to obscure it behind the 90-degree corners of standard cabinetry. Nowhere is this approach clearer than in the owner’s cabin forward and two guest cabins aft.

This is a photography of SW 105 interior

This is a photography of SW 105 salon
Southern Wind 105GT Taniwha interior

The cabins feature floating lockers fixed to the hull sides, which are functional and beautiful while also showing, instead of hiding, the yacht’s true hull shape. The beds are on slanted and curved bases that create extra foot room and harmonise the yacht’s hull shape.

There is widespread use of teak below deck, just as there is above. It has been desaturated and oil-treated to create a finish that appeals to more than just the eyes. ‘It is lovely,’ says Gino. ‘Warm but bright, easy on the eye and soft to the touch. The combination of the light flooring and the fabric-covered wall panels gives brightness to the interior.’

Generously sized bathrooms feature lightweight moulded resin basins and surfaces, specially formulated by expert Italian craftsmen to perfectly resemble ‘Italian stucco’. The main saloon includes a stunning teak dome around the skylight, which emphasises the abundant natural light and the headroom, while creating a sense of cosiness.

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Teak tables in the welcoming full-beam saloon have a double purpose, capable of rising to provide dining, or lowering to become a coffee table . The tables, too, are designed to look as if they’re light and floating by using a top that shows thin edges with metal inlay – echoing the effect seen elsewhere on the boat.

Taniwha’s interiors are state-of-the-art and represent the latest step in the recent evolutionary phase in sailing superyacht design ‘In this yacht you’ll find all of our latest design innovations combined in a particularly coherent way so that they match perfectly with the GT style of the yacht’s exteriors. Here we have the same language in and out, it is holistic’, says Gino.

Photos Rob Kamhoot

Video Southern Wind Shipyard

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