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Southern Wind proudly announces the delivery of SW105 KIBOKO Tres

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SW105 Kiboko Tres
SW105 Kiboko Tres

Just back from a thrilling Monaco Yacht Show, where the SW96 Seatius caught the eyes and interest of many, Southern Wind is proud to announce the delivery of the second in the high-performance cruiser miniseries, the SW105 Kiboko Tres.

Far from the lumbering giants they appear, “kibokos” – which is Kenyan Swahili for hippopotamus – can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. As her name promises, Kiboko Tres has power and speed in her DNA.

Sistership of SW105#01 Satisfaction, launched in January this year, Kiboko Tres was commissioned by a passionate and loyal Southern Wind owner who has already built two previous yachts with SWS.

His pride in Kiboko was very apparent from his broad smile when he first took the helm in Cape Town following the yacht’s launch: “I was looking for a high-performance yacht to race within the Superyacht regattas on the world circuit, at the same time looking for a place to spend precious time with my large family and completely disconnect from our daily commitments”.

The SW105 project comes from a collaboration between Southern Wind, Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design and provides an exceptional sailing experience, combined with outstanding stability and comfort.

While her sistership, SW105#01 Satisfaction, is more cruising oriented, performance is at Kiboko Tres’ core: the yacht features wide aft sections and an open transom. Her twin rudder configuration, increased sail area, combined with a fixed keel , provide extra righting moment without any compromise to the interior layout.

Kiboko Tres’ full carbon hull, deck and bulkheads make for significant weight saving and her lightship displacement of 69800 kg gives her excellent light air speed, as Jim Schmicker, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design, confirms:

 “The proper choice of sail area, displacement and stability is the key to the success of Kiboko.  She will occasionally race, so the amount of sail area was crucial for achieving the best performance, along with a rating that makes her competitive throughout the wind range.  Starting with the configuration of the base SW105 with telescopic keel, we added 2% more sail area and 3 tons of weight to the 4.5m fixed keel.  This calculation of additional sail area and weight provides 3.5% more stability and a higher sail area/displacement ratio”

A removable racing bowsprit, a “Mini Maxi” Southern Spars boom and titanium custom deck hardware, give her a chic, sporty appearance.

From a construction point of view, Kiboko stands out for the advanced technology in terms of construction methods, materials and systems, as Marco Alberti, Southern Wind General Manager and Technical Director, explains: "Economy of means. Compared to her predecessor, this yacht tries wherever possible to reduce and simplify the general design in terms of interior arrangement and systems design. To her owner, this is the essence of a reliable, seaworthy yacht.There are a range of features that speak to the ever-growing body of knowledge at SWS. Some of these include, the inverter capable water maker, extended systems automation and monitoring system, the AC & DC power system integration with Mastervolt and the power hydraulic smart boost.”

Despite her enviable performance, there is no compromise in the cruising comfort that Kiboko Tres can offer, above and below decks. Nauta Design succeeded in designing a single level deck while keeping the freeboard low, with absolutely no effect on the interior headroom.

A mainsheet captive winch and recessed traveller system keep the deck clean and elegant. The crew cockpit contains all of the sail controls and is separated from the guest cockpit by a wide sunbathing area.

Titanium stanchions, cleats and fairleads emphasize the sporty look of this yacht and thanks to her twin rudder configuration, the yacht can count on optimized lazarette storage and a tender garage for a 4.3m tender.

Kiboko features a Raised Saloon Configuration which allows natural light to flood into the interior through panoramic windows, hull portlights and a double athwartships companionway that has a sliding glass closure.

The interior layout features a large saloon above the engine room; forward of the saloon there is  a spacious convertible studio/TV area that seamlessly separates the main saloon from the owner’s private area.

The master cabin is forward and three comfortable en-suite guest cabins are amidships to offer privacy and comfort to all guests on board. The crew area aft is an efficient living and working environment for five to six crew and has three crew cabins, two heads, a fully equipped galley, a crew mess and a nav station.

Nauta succeeded in creating the light design of the exterior to be incorporated into the interior, leaving structural bulkheads exposed, which is similar to the design of the SW-RP90 Custom launched in 2017.

“The owner wanted to add some touches from the SW-RP 90 ‘All Smoke’ and to capture the same sensation of lightness that we achieved on this yacht. “Show, don’t hide” was the key to the interior design, where furnishings, suspended from the yacht’s structural elements, let us showcase the true shape of the yacht and bring out some of the elements of her construction. We lightened and simplified the interior furnishings and left the interior hull sides and bulkheads exposed for a result that is beautiful and innovative”, explains Massimo Gino from Nauta Design, who was responsible for the deck and interior design.

Careful attention was dedicated to the style of the guests’ cabins, where shelves are built both against the hull and bulkheads, giving an overall impression of natural light, and free floating from the cleverly suspended furnishings.

Oak furniture combined with a light blue and white upholstery, typical of the Mallorcan style, creates a warm feel on board, as Marco Alberto confirms:

“A fresh design. We have worked closely with Nauta and the owner’s wife to create an elegant and modern interior design that is physically and aesthetically light”.

Oak furniture combined with a light blue and white upholstery, typical of the Mallorcan style, creates a warm feel on board, as Marco Alberto confirms:

“A fresh design. We have worked closely with Nauta and the owner’s wife to create an elegant and modern interior design that is physically and aesthetically light”.