The fact this new 100-foot custom sloop just debuted would be noteworthy simply because it’s so damn sexy. But I’m not surprised since Morgana features exterior and interior design by Nauta Design. However, since this yacht also features serious naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh, and it just sailed 7,000 miles from the Southern Wind shipyard where it was built in South Africa, to La Spezia, Italy on her maiden voyage, it’s obvious this brand-new 100-footer will be way more than just another “sexy” yacht in the Mediterranean this summer. She looks like she will be a comfortable bluewater rockship as well.
“Morgana completed her delivery voyage from the Southern Wind shipyard in South Africa with flying colors,” says Mario Pedol, president of Nauta Design. “The demanding owner is a friend of mine and this is the culmination of an idea that started in 2017 when he approached us to design his new dream yacht.”
Morgana’s exterior profile features the uncluttered style that Nauta Design is known for. “Elegance and balance are the cornerstones of Nauta Design,” says Massimo Gino, Nauta’s co-founder and partner. “The owner has a highly developed aesthetic sense and wanted a fast bluewater cruiser that could also compete in superyacht regattas with exterior lines that exude pace and performance, so we developed a low and very streamlined coachroof that is nonetheless proportionate to the height of the freeboard. On a lightweight boat like Morgana that has shallower underbody than comparable yachts, that meant we were playing with millimeters to get the right headroom and proportions.”
Jim Pugh of Reichel/Pugh adds, “It’s always special designing a custom yacht intended to exceed the client’s vision. The owner is a passionate and competitive sailor who does extensive blue water cruising and a few superyacht regattas. He wanted the ultimate in comfort and speed under sail.
“We continue to advance the science of yacht design through Computational Fluid Dynamics work and use our experience to enhance the comfort while cruising. At the same time, the boat has to be very fast and handicap well under the Superyacht rating rule.
But no matter the genre of yacht we want our designs to be timeless. That’s our goal with our yachts such as Visione, Nilaya, Hetairos who have each won the St Barth Bucket overall. And we expect the Morgana to turn some heads with her beauty and speed too.”
Meanwhile, Nauta Design took a similar approach to creating the yacht’s fresh interior style. “It took some time to finalize the interior concept and we were invited to the owner’s home to better understand his tastes and discuss the various options,” says Pedol. “The owner is very happy with the result, which has just the right combination of warm and welcoming ambience and contemporary design touches.
“In the case of Morgana in particular, the project coordination was excellent,” concludes Pedol. “Southern Wind’s technical department, managed by Marco Alberti, was always well ahead of the construction, which is the best way to control the weight and avoid unwanted surprises. Carlo Torre of Monaco Yacht Temptation also contributed his vast experience to representing the owner during the entire construction process.”