SOUTHERLY 42 RS

PRICE £240,000-£400,000 YEAR 2006-2014

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Two fea­tures Graham and Dilly like the idea of are sa­loon seat­ing that lets you see out when the weather’s not good enough for the cock­pit, and a re­tractable keel or cen­tre­board so they can an­chor close to the beach and sail into shal­low bays and rivers.

With a well-proven elec­tro-hy­draulic swing keel, the Southerly 42 RS (Raised Sa­loon) of­fers both fea­tures. With its keel low­ered, the 2.7m/8ft 11in draught of­fers fast yet com­fort­able pas­sage­mak­ing, with a pow­er­ful wind­ward per­for­mance. Then, at the touch of a but­ton, the keel can be raised to re­duce the draught to a mere 0.84m/2ft 9in.

She has a plumb stem and a broad tran­som, in­creas­ing both her wa­ter­line length and in­te­rior vol­ume aft. The 42 RS is eas­ily sailed by two. Her frac­tional rig has swept dou­ble spread­ers, a self-tack­ing furl­ing jib and a main­sail (72.16m2/777ft2) with sin­gle-line reef­ing. When sail­ing off the wind, an op­tional gen­naker or asym­met­ric can be flown from the re­mov­able bowsprit.

The deep cock­pit is de­signed for ef­fi­ciency, safety and com­fort with long, comfy teak-laid seats and gen­tly slop­ing seat­backs. Run­ning rig­ging is neatly ar­ranged and feeds through Spin­lock clutches to pow­er­ful Lew­mar self-tail­ing winches. Her sin­gle large-di­am­e­ter wheel and twin semi-bal­anced rud­ders pro­vide light, re­spon­sive steer­ing and the main­sheet track is within reach of the helm.

Two large cock­pit lock­ers and a ded­i­cated lif­er­aft locker pro­vide plenty of stowage. A hinged helm seat and re­mov­able tran­som panel give easy ac­cess to the wa­ter while on deck, raised bul­warks with a teak cap­ping rail and wide, un­clut­tered walk­ways pro­vide safe and se­cure foot­ing go­ing for­ward.

Be­low, raised sa­loon seat­ing pro­vides a din­ing area for eight, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the panoramic views through large tinted win­dows. Three hatches pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion. The high-level chart ta­ble is op­po­site.

Sit­u­ated on a lower level is a lin­ear gal­ley with spa­cious work sur­faces, a full-size cooker, twin sinks, front­load­ing fridge and plenty of stowage. The two large dou­ble cab­ins fea­ture long berths, stand­ing head­room, spa­cious en­suites in­clud­ing sep­a­rate show­ers and stowage.

In­stal­la­tion of ma­chin­ery, wiring, electrics and an­cil­lary items are care­fully planned and ex­e­cuted, with good main­te­nance ac­cess. Her pow­er­ful 56hp Yan­mar en­gine pushes her eas­ily to 8 knots+ and the large fuel and wa­ter tanks are ideal for long-term cruis­ing.

With a self-tack­ing jib and a frac­tional rig, the Southerly is an easy boat to sail

Raised sa­loon seat­ing is one of the key fea­tures of a Southerly

A gen­er­ous chart ta­ble with great views

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