Specifications & facts.

SW96 Sorceress is the first unit in the new miniseries of high performance cruiser launched by Southern Wind in May 2016. She was commissioned by a yachtsman who previously owned an 80′ custom carbon yacht and is a keen racer. This owner was looking for a larger performance yacht to use in both coastal and transoceanic races and for bluewater cruises.

SW96 is one of the latest additions to the SWS family. This yacht’s sleek hull lines designed by Farr Yacht Design and general concept drawn by Nauta Design express the company motto: “simplicity is the essence of good design”.

The project’s lightship displacement of 56,7 t grants excellent light wind speed with a manageable rig size. The hull has full waterlines and straight end diagonals, a wide, low transom and full forward sections. The deck hardware is optimized for both short hand performance cruising and offshore racing.

The interior layout features a large saloon above the engine room which is accessible through a full height control room. The owner’s cabin forward and four en suite guest cabins amidships offer privacy for all on board. Crew quarters include two crew cabins, two heads and a spacious galley that opens onto the crew mess.

Special features

  • Carbon fibre prepreg and nomex deck for weight optimization
  • Lifting keel guarantees access to shallower harbours and bays and excellent stability and sail carrying capability
  • Twin rudder configuration
  • Fixed bowsprit with integrated anchor arm and fitting for gennaker tack lune and furling code zero grants for flexibility and allows for practical anchoring and sailing manoeuvers
  • Syntethic teak on deck for weight optimization (35% vs wood teack), easy maintenance and reduced thermal transfer in hot climates
  • Cariboni Magic Trim grants silent interiors and a clean deck
  • Owner’s cabine forward with en suite studio and head for owners privacy
  • 2 double guest cabins amidship
  • Additional single 4th guest cabin
  • Day head Center boat

Design dimensions

  • LOA: 31,41 m (29.23 m excluding bowsprit)
  • LWL: 26,8 m
  • BEAM (MAX): 6,95 m
  • DRAFT: 3.4 m – 5,5 m (lifting keel)
  • DISPLACEMENT: 56.700 kg (lightship-IRC)
  • ENGINE: STEYR STEYR SE286E40 279 HP @ 4,000 rpm


  • NAVAL ARCHITECT: Farr Yacht Design
  • GENERAL CONCEPT: Nauta Design and Southern Wind Shipyard with Farr Yacht Design
  • SYSTEMS: Southern Wind Shipyard

Materials hull

  • Advanced composite sandwich

  • Inner skin: Carbon /epoxy resin

  • Core: Corecell

  • Outer skin: Carbon /epoxy resin

Materials deck

  • Advanced composite sandwich

  • Inner skin: Prepreg Carbon/epoxy resin;

  • Core: Nomex Honeycomb;

  • Outer skin: Prepreg Carbon /epoxy resin

Materials interiors

  • honeycomb or foam sandwich structure with wooden veneers

Deck layout

Deck layout Sorceress SW96

The aim of designers Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design when conceiving this project was to incorporate a modicum of race boat features into high performance cruisers keeping a beautiful aesthetic, a high level of comfort and achieving the design briefs of our clients.