Southern Wind’s SW108 Smart Custom series has long been anticipated by sailing enthusiasts and industry experts alike. However, the unveiling of Gelliceaux marks a significant milestone not just for Southern Wind but for the entire world of yacht design and engineering. Crafted as a diesel-electric hybrid, Gelliceaux seamlessly blends innovation, luxury, and performance in a 35.41-meter marvel.
Helmed by the renowned naval architecture firm Farr Yacht Design, Gelliceaux’s exterior and interior design are the brainchild of Nauta Design, with co-founder Massimo Gino offering insights into the yacht’s captivating features.
Gelliceaux is the culmination of Southern Wind’s ‘GT’ series, following in the wake of esteemed predecessors such as the SW105 Taniwha and the SW96 Nyumba. Its exterior lines have undergone a transformative evolution, guided by the owner’s vision, resulting in a sportier and more dynamic profile. Notably, the teak-clad deckhouse, adorned with a vast central skylight, and the innovative ‘floating’ bench seats astern, are testaments to both functionality and elegance.
A striking feature of Gelliceaux is its Z-shaped composite coaming, resembling a stylized lightning bolt, which lends the yacht an agile and low-rise silhouette, further accentuating its sleek design.
Massimo Gino underscores the owner’s integral role in shaping Gelliceaux’s design narrative. With a keen focus on technical specifications and deck layout, the owner’s involvement ensured a seamless fusion of form and function. Meanwhile, the interior design, characterized by a harmonious blend of natural tones and contrasting veneers, exudes a sense of tranquility and Mediterranean allure.
Nauta Design’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in Gelliceaux’s interior layout, where fixed furniture appears freestanding, fostering an inviting and cozy atmosphere reminiscent of open space interiors. The split-level saloon, adorned with plush seating reminiscent of modern residential design, invites relaxation and socialization.
In a departure from convention, stainless steel accents are eschewed in favor of satin-finished black fittings, not only adding a contemporary flair but also streamlining maintenance for the crew.
The lighting design, a focal point of Gelliceaux’s interiors, epitomizes sophistication and functionality. Upholstered panels in the cabins are strategically arranged to create captivating shadows, enhancing the sense of depth and ambiance.
Since its delivery in October 2023, Gelliceaux has already traversed nearly 12,000 nautical miles, including a maiden voyage from Cape Town to Lanzarote and a transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean. These voyages serve as a testament to Gelliceaux’s bluewater capabilities and reinforce its status as a pinnacle of luxury and performance in the world of sailing yachts.
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