Northshore Yacht Yards Ltd., Itchenor, West Sussex
478 sq ft main and genoa
100 is a Dick Carter design, one of the few really shallow
draught sailing yachts available. She has a pilot house with
interior steering, and a cast iron ballast plate protecting
the keel and bottom when grounding. This yacht is in her second ownership from new in 1988, and has recently had a total rebuild of the lifting keel mechanism at a cost of over £12,000. She does need some improvement internally to the woodwork, but for someone prepared to take this on as a DIY job over a winter she offers one of these very practical lift keel yachts with dual steering positions.
Saloon and forecabin
1' 10" to 5' 10"
5 plus one small berth
Yanmar 2GM diesel
2,774 ballast plate plus 1,632 lifting keel weight
Iron lift keel inside cast iron ballast plate. Keel lifting by electrically operated hydraulic pump with manual backup.
The Southerly 100 was introduced in 1983, being a slightly
updated version of the 1979 Dick Carter Southerly 95, itself
a development of the original John Bennett designed Southerly
28 from 1974.
The late Dick Carter ran a US-based yacht design and production company called Carter Offshore, the staff of which included Doug Peterson, Chuck Paine, and Yves-Marie de Tanton, all of whom later went on to set up their own highly regarded design businesses. Carter Offshore mostly designed racing boats, some of them very successful indeed, including the drop keel "Red Rooster" which won the Fastnet Race in 1969.
Southerlys are renowned for their ability to float “on
a damp lawn” and with the keel raised by the electrically
powered hydraulic ram she only draws 1’ 10”, but
with the keel down she draws a healthy 5’10” and
can give a good account of herself to windward. The inevitably
shallow rudder can however sometimes cause poor control off-wind
in a large quartering sea - a price many owners are happy to pay for the advantages of very shallow draught.
The wedge-shaped drop keel sits in a massive cast ironl grounding
plate, which not only protects it but also acts as a substantial
contribution to the ballast. Southerlys were still in production until the company closed in 2014, at which time the smallest model was the Southerly 32 at around £200,000+ on the water.
In 2015 the owners had the keel ballast plate and keel mechanism removed by Falmouth Boat Construction. A new pivot pin was fitted, the keel and ballast plate were grit-blasted and epoxied with Coppercoat, and the hydraulic system rebuilt with a new larger cylinder. The work cost over £12,000 in total.
These Southerlys lift-keelers all need this done intermittently - some say every 10 to 12 years, though most owners reckon perhaps every 20 years. At 27 years old in 2015 this was the first time for this yacht, and the work was greater than usual as a result. A more typical bill would be a little over half that.
Externally the boat is in good condition, and has the substantial benefit of a total keel-plate-off rebuild of the swing keel mechanism. Internally she needs some attention to the woodwork, as around the companionway area the varnish is tired, and there is a significant amount of dark staining under the varnish on the main forward bulkhead, which will probably need either re-veneering or being painted white. A small section of the teak/holly flooring by the galley also needs replacement.
The forecabin has two "stacked" single berths. Although probably original from new, the upholstery is in fairly good condition.
The saloon table lowers to form a base turning the port settee into a double berth, with infill cushions (not shown). The photo below shows the damaged/missing section of teak/holly flooring by the galley
The present owners bought this yacht in 2003 after an excellent survey. She has been used for local cruising round Cornwall since, and wintered ashore every year. She is for sale now only because of the owners health issues. Apart from the interior varnishwork and a small section of flooring, both of which which could be dealt with by competent DIY, she offers a lot of shallow draught cruising potential at a reasonable price - the one "big-ticket" maintenance item on any Southerly - the keel - having already been done.
Yanmar 2GM 18 bhp diesel, raw water cooled, regularly serviced
Fuel tank capacity
Two-blade fixed on shaft drive with Ambassador rope stripper
2 x 105AH batteries
Engine alternator and Solara solar panel on coachroof
and deck equipment
Sloop rig, Kemp alloy spars, with S/S standing rigging of unknown age.
Arun Sails, slab reefing with reefing line back to cockpit
Arun Sails roller genoa
2 x Lewmar 30ST two speed self-tailing
2 x Lewmar 8 on coachroof
35 lb CQR with chain and Octoplait warp
Bruce with chain and warp - normally kept stowed on bow roller
Whitlock Cobra two-station wheel steering
Autohelm 3000 wheel pilot
Plastimo on binnacle
Warps & fenders
6 warps and 4 fenders
Cockpit sprayhood with S/S frame
Navigation Equipment and instruments
Yeoman Navigator Pro with MLR412 DGPS
Icom IC-M421 with DSC
Seago ORC liferaft 4-man canister type serviced to June 2019
Lifebuoy and danbuoy
Firdell Blipper mast mounted
Forecabin with two single berths, saloon with settee convertible to double and shorter single settee berth, and quarterberth
5 plus one shorter berth
Water tank capacity
47 gallons. Pressurised hot/cold water. Water heating by Vaillant on-demand gas heater installed in heads compartment (not used recently)
Flavel Vanessa 2-burner, grill and oven
Round tail inflatable with outboard bracket
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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