South African shipyard Southern Wind has announced the launch of the second vessel in their miniseries of high-performance cruiser races: the 31.41-metre Seatius. Following her sistership Sorceress which was delivered last summer, some key differences between the two yachts include optimization of Seatius for high-performance bluewater cruising rather than racing.
Seatius’ deck hardware has longitudinal jib tracks and hydraulic cars along with other ‘easy sailing’ features. A corridor with minimal level changes connects the maneuvering cockpit to the guest area for easy and safe circulation when cruising. The interior features a three-guest cabin layout with a spacious and enjoyable TV and living area. The owner’s cabin forward offers wide volumes and ample storage. The crew area aft has a double captain’s cabin, two crew cabins and a spacious galley that opens onto the crew mess.
The owner and his wife were present at the launching ceremony, where just before breaking a bottle of champagne on the yacht’s bow they gave a speech thanking the shipyard for making their superyacht dreams a reality: “After years of dreaming and planning, we are finally launching Seatius. I wish to thank all the lovely people involved for their terrific job; I’ve never seen such a beautiful yacht in all my life. I’m very happy and proud that we will sail her all over the globe.”
Cruising around the world on Seatius will be with a relatively small crew upon delivery in April, starting with a 7,000 nm maiden voyage departing Cape Town.