Almagores II hit the water for the first time May last in Cape Town she’s the first sailing superyacht of the new SW102DS line designed yet again by the consolidated team made up by Nauta Yacht Design and Farr Yacht Design teams which the South African yard Southern Wind will be exhibiting at the forthcoming preview of the Monaco Yacht Show.
Sailing is a passion and not only a way of cruising across oceans. This same passion is also shared by Almagores II’s owner who in times gone had tried to give up sailing for the sake of extra comfort and experimented motor yachts but which turned out to be only a fleeting affair. And this is why the Italian owner backtracked and went along to Southern Wind’s to put in an order for this splendid over 30 metre Deck Saloon which was designed by the South African yard and Nauta Yacht Design (concept, exterior and interior design) and Farr Yacht Design ( naval architecture, sail plan and appendices). The outcome is a Bermudian Sloop which combines cruiser-racer performance with enough comfort for family cruises, which translates into generous elegantly furnished interiors with exterior spaces devoted to the blissful pleasure of pure sailing. As for performance Almagores II sports a beamy flat hull to which an 18.7 ton fixed bulb keel is attached to contrast the force produced by a 477 square metre sail plan. Obviously Southern Wind spent lavishly and carbon mast and boom were shipped in from Southern Spars and more precisely with a Park Avenue model of boom. The rigging too stands out for the special black fibre it is made of. In tune with the current trends which seem to call for less crew, there are numerous Harken winches which are set to work from panel displays situated in convenient places next to the two helm/controls stations. What plays an important role in making this such a performing sailing superyacht is also due to the fact that light displacement is a mere 64.5 tons. This was achieved by composites made up of carbon fibre, Kevlar, epoxy resins, Corecell and Klegecell for hull and superstructure while the interior furniture is made in honeycomb with teak lining. Almagores II’s cruising appearance catches the eye immediately.
The deck features a double cockpit or better two separate cockpits, a stern one containing the helm and controls and the other is conveniently placed amidships for guests’ benefit with a spacious living area completed with dining tables and comfortable in built seats as well as two matching surface areas which lend themselves to sun bathing on special made to measure sun pads. The deck saloon is well lit with natural light thanks to ample glazed window panels set along the coaming, and the bow facing structure. The port side of the deck house houses a dining area facing a lounge opposite the furniture and decor of which is modern and sober looking. Below deck Almagores II sports a very different layout in comparison to former Southern Wind ones. In fact on this yacht the stern hosts a full beam owner suite with double bathrooms, dressing table, and corner lounge divan. The guest quarters are also situated in the stern with two twin cabins with separate beds and private bathrooms. Both the owner’s suite and saloon are equipped with a large LED Television set with Blue Ray w/5+1 Surround Sound as well as an interfacing iPod dock which is also installed in each cabin.
The crew quarters on Amagores II have been moved forward of the deck saloon which on previous SWS yachts were placed elsewhere. The captain’s cabin is the one nearest to the deck saloon and is followed by two cabins with bunk beds, a saloon/dining area, a fully equipped galley with lots of electrical household machinery by Miele, Baraldi, Cappe, Smeg, Comenda and U line. This yacht has been built with extensive and demanding cruises in mind, Almagores II deploys gear enough to sail for long periods without calling into port. In fact the engine room contains two 19 KW Onan gen. sets, two HEM watermakers of which one produces 250 litres/hr and the other 200 while a 96,000 BTU Frigomar air conditioner keeps things cool. Electronic navigation aids and safety equipment include a Furuno Navnet 3D radar with Arpa, Ais and Navtex- Wfax plus a series of instruments chosen from Navico group companies. The stern hangar of this SW102 DS model houses a 3.6 metre Genius tender powered by a 9.9 HP Yamaha for emergency use while the principal tender a 4001 Lomac is powered by a F40 FETL Yamaha and is stowed along the main deck forward of the mast.
As for the other models the SW102 model is not only available in the DS version like Almagores II and Atalante which is due off the chocks December next and is an SL or a Streamline version with a cut glass or teak Nauta designed wheelhouse.
by Daniele Carnevali
For further information: Southern Wind Shipyard
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 34 – Autumn 2012