Superyacht 71-Autumn 2021

Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100 MorganaHigh constructive technology and Southern Winds unmistakeable lines “Morgana” is the new 100’ from this South African shipyard that sailed into La Spezia after covering seven thousand sea miles. A great sailing yacht with which to cross every ocean.

A yacht like “Morgana” was drawn up jointly with Nauta and Reichel/Pugh studio, there’s a long and fascinating story behind her which goes back along memory lane that started off many years before the day she was launched last winter to take on the seven thousand nautical miles between Cape town and La Spezia. It all began in 2017 the year in which the owner contacted the project design studio to enquire about what turned out to be his “Morgana”. “ The owner is a friend said Marco Pedol at the time Nauta President with loads of passionate competence under his belt and this yacht is the final result of an idea born in 2017 when the owner contacted us to design the sailing yacht he had always dreamt of”.

Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100 Morgana

The seed had been sewn into the owners mind well before 2017. Consequently turning to the in house project design team was just another step along the way: Massimo Gino and Mario Pedol from Nauta for the general outlines and Rechel & Pugh to handle the naval architecture. Marco Alberti from Southern wind – head at the yard’s technical section had to coordinate the shipyard’s construction phases and Carlo Torre from Monaco Yacht Temptation project manager representing the owner in every phase. A team that invested in 400 man hours in preliminary studies before signing anything followed by18 months of project design work.

Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100 Morgana

The result is a 30 metre flush deck with uncluttered clear cut lines built in high quality carbon fibre Corecell and Nomex a revolutionary highly heat resistant and very light weight product. This mix well interpreted one of the owner’s objectives: to own a sailing yacht which was stiff and sturdy and very light. Massimo Gino co founder Nauta said : Elegance and balance are the pillars of Nauta Design philosophy. 

The owner has refined tastes and wanted a fast blue water cruiser which could compete in superyacht events and her lines external lines that could transmit a feeling of speed and performance. Consequently we developed a low streamlined coachroof which is well proportioned rising to the height of the bulwarks. On a light displacement yacht like Morgana which is lower in the water when compared to similar superyachts. Finding the best solution was a matter of millimetres to obtain the correct proportions”.

Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100 Morgana

The water lines match the requirements. The hull is marginally wet its length grows as the yacht heels when sailing close to the wind a lifting keel which is very performing is an advantage when approaching ports and bays which would be unreachable with a draught of over six metres. The interior layout contains three guest cabins and an owner suite in the bow . The living room area contains a television set while the crew area with a double cabin and large bed for the captain and a further cabin with two berths have been situated in the stern.

by Nico Caponetto

For further information: Southern Wind Shipyard


LOA: 3.05 m

LWL: 28.96 m

Beam: 7.46 m

Draught: 4 – 6.1 m (lifting keel)

Displacement: 63.620 tons

Hull: carbon composites, epoxy resin, Corocell

Deck: Pre peg sandwich in carbon, epoxy resin with Nomex core

Mast: in carbon

Sail plan: 638 square metres

Project: Nauta Design (general concept) Reichel Pugh Yacht Design (naval architecture)

Construction: Southern Wind Shipyard.