The first 95’ built in 2000 Maya Ray has now covered over 120,000 miles of ocean, demonstrating to perfection the fantastic performance and comfort that are the trademarks of any boat built at the yard founded by Willy Persico in 1991. the second 95’ built in 2005 is Dharma. "At the beginning, I really only wanted to build two boats, one for myself and one for a friend," says Persico. "But once I got started, I improved the technology, moving from fiberglass to composites to carbon with the infusion process. Now Southern Wind is a good yard; we’ve had lucky designs that are well respected. We’ve built 24 sailing yachts so far, everything from the first Farr 72 Blue Wing in 1992 to the first Southern Wind 100’ which we’ll splash any day now and of which we have another three units under construction."
The deck, structural elements and just about everything else aboard are all made from vacuum-bagged laminated carbon, fiberglass and Kevlar sandwich cooked in a special oven. The same goes for certain parts of the furnishings which are made from foamed panels veneered in teak to keep them incredibly light. What this meant in practice was that 52,249 lbs of ballast could be poured into Farr-Nauta 95’s bulb so that she would be able to cope with a particularly powerful sail plan.
"On all our boats, we ensure that the crew will always be comfortable and be able to work efficiently," concludes Persico. "It’s very important. If the crew is happy, they’ll convince the owner to build another Southern Wind!"
L.O.A.: 95 ft. L.W.L.: 75 ft. Beam max.: 6.80 m. Draft: 22 ft. Displacement: 138,891 lbs (Lightship) Ballast: 52,249 lbs Sail area: 5,166 sq ft. Materials: Composite (E-Glass, kevlar and Epoxy resin) sandwich Engine: Cummins QSB 5.9 MCD 305 hp @2.600 rpm Common Rail Designers: Naval Architecture: Farr Y. Design Concept, Interior design and Exterior styling: Nauta Design