"I enjoyed an afternoon sail on the harbor aboard the new Southerly 42 RST (raised saloon turbo), an update on the 42 RS hull designed by Rob Humphreys in 2006. The new model has twin wheels and a new deck designed by another English designer, Stephen Jones. In 18 to 20 knots of wind we hardly needed the 'turbo' rig. Double-reefed and with its small, self-tacking jib, the boat sailed as advertised--fast and comfortable, with a balanced helm. Upwind in flat water, the keel all the way down, the boat draws 2.7 meters (almost 9 feet!); we had it going at 6.3. to 6.7 knots and tacking through 85 degrees. Just to prove the point, Robert, our company rep, had me sail her out of the channel and up onto a mud bank where we went aground as the fathometer read 2.3 meters. Smiling, Robert simply pressed the button for the electrically actuated hydraulic pump that raises the keel and we quickly spun off and headed back to the channel.