Seatius hit the water last May to ready for the awaiting maiden voyage which will take her to the Cannes Yachting Festival in September where she will be making her debut before an international audience.
Southern Wind launched the second of the mini- series the SW96 named Seatius two years after Sorceress. As her sister ship Seatius derives from a latin term ‘citius’ which means ‘the fastest’. Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design collaborated with the yard’s technical design department to come up with this yacht, However Seatius differs from Sorceress for the many details introduced to satisfy the owner’s requests who was seeking a boat which was “ a fast boat to sail the world in comfort”. According to what Jim Schmicker vice President at Farr Yacht Design said. By comparison to Sorceress, Seatius is more oriented to blue water sailing shorthanded than going in for racing events even when the general design induces you differently and leads you to believe the opposite. Despite a beamy stern, twin rudders and a strong sail plan. In fact the initial concept for the SW96 Seatius foresaw a harmonious well balanced hull design which enhances comfortable sailing. “ The twin rudder arrangement with twin blades turned out to be a fantastic feature”. Added Schmicker, “the two blades work very well with the shallow draught of the lifting keel to allow access to many more ports and anchorages. For performance and ease of handling two rudder blades are superior to a single one. The installation arrangement of the rudder blades opens up enormous aft storage areas and this includes easy adjustment of the toe-in setting of the rudders for optimum performance in changing sea and wind conditions”.
The deck layout by Nauta Design was designed for enhanced comfort and safety during long ocean crossings. The two cockpits one aft in the stern area is dedicated to the helm controls station while the one forward but aft of the mast is reserved for guests, on board of Seatius. They are divided by a central passageway. “Differently from her sister Sorceress, Seatius sports two lateral sunbathing areas divided by a central passageway that runs on one level so that guests don’t have to climb over coamings or furnishings” said Massimo Gino from Nauta Design. “This passageway also offers support when the yacht is heeled, while a central island with a dodger protects the crew companion way and also has a seat where a crew member can keep watch during long hauls with an eye both on the yacht controls and on the sea”. Concludes Gino Massimo. To further comfort, there’s a hardtop dodger that also protects the guests cockpit, while a set of carbon frame biminis provides the manoeuvring cockpit with shade and protects from wind, rain or spray. “The whole bimini set is removable leaving the clean SW96 deck unaffected in racing conditions” explained Niki Jennings technical coordinator at Southern Wind. Seatius is in effect a very performing yacht whichever way you look at it, it is equipped with a High Modulus carbon mast and Park avenue boom as well as EC6+ Carbon rigging. The yacht’s deck hardware was optimized for easy sailing in all conditions with a small or non expert crew. Seatius’s interior layout differs from her sister’s. “The essence of a semi- custom construction is its flexibility and adaptability to owners’ different needs” said Massimo Gino.”Sorceress sports a four guest cabin layout to accommodate large crews for long offshore races, while Seatius has three guest cabins for comfort during long cruises. This layout with three cabins makes for a larger owner suite with ample closet space and extra social space”. The interior styling was personalised according to the owner’s tastes who called for designer Jeroen Machielsen from Studio Hermadines.
“Together we chose a palette of light and dark woods that create contrast in the yacht’s interior décor” continued Massimo Gino. “the result is very pleasing. We worked closely with the decorator to create the best balance between interior geometries and the colours in the new and refined timbers he chose. The decorator also chose all the materials used in the yacht’s upholstery. We enjoyed this collaboration very much and love the yacht’s final look” concluded Massimo Gino.“Seatius”, is currently sailing on her maiden voyage and will be making her debut at the next Cannes Yachting Festival.
by Fabiano Maresca
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