Re: Southerly 32 Owners Feedback?
Hi Cruising Kitty,
Just seen your post from 2011 so you possibly made up your mind about this already. However, currently own a Southerly 32 and have sailed extensively on a Southerly 38 with friends. After several years cruising a catamaran which beaches easily, I would not consider any other lift keel monohull make.
The issue you were worrying about, beaching the boat, is a simple every day non event. Its like parking your car at the mall. Choose your spot and ensure you will not be caught out by adverse tide movements and just park it. The boat will sit happily on the solid iron grounding plate that the keel swings up into. Incidentally, if you forget to raise the keel it kicks up anyway as its on a dyneema strap not a hydraulic ram. The weight holds it down and the strap pulls it up. Twin keels ensure the boat stays upright when dried out and the prop is well protected too. Tip, check that seeweed hasn't clogged the bow thruster tunnel before you leave a weedy beach. Bowthruster essential, even on the smaller 32, as windage will make it a tough job in harbour on a brisk day. Had a stern thruster as well on the 38 but 32 is OK with just a bow thruster. These boats are tough. strongly built and well designed. I have seen many Southerlies 20 years old and looking good. They hold their value on the second hand market. If buying a used boat, find out if it was built to USA spec or if its a European boat being left behind. The electrics and wiring are different. Check out the builder's website: Northshore.co.uk for full details on the keel system and other info on USA spec. They are very easy going and will happily send you all the information you need. Good luck.
Last edited by sovereignharbourcruiser; 01-20-2013 at 05:09 AM.