Quick Look: Southerly 42RST

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

September 13, 2007

Southerly, a division of Northshore Yachts, keeps England’s flag flying in spite of the proximity of the large European builders whose dominance has compressed the local industry to a fraction of its former size. The yard’s success is due largely to offering a product nobody else does. Southerly has persisted with its beachable, swing-keel designs and thus created its own niche.

A joint design effort between Rob Humphreys (hull) and Stephen Jones (deck), the 42RST refines the Southerly concept, keeps it current with the builder’s competitors in terms of outfit and styling, and benefits from the talents of both designers in terms of sailing performance and handling. Twin shoal-draft rudders give helm control without giving up beachability while twin wheels open a traffic lane through the cockpit while offering choices when maneuvering.

Southerly led the way with the raised saloon, so it’s naturally a feature in this boat, and owners are encouraged to choose among layout options for the sleeping cabins.


Southerly 42RST Specs

LOA: 42′ 2″
LWL: 36′ 5″
Beam: 13′ 3″
Draft: 8′ 11″/2′ 9″
Sail Area: 793
Displacement: 24,802
Designer: Rob Humphreys/Stephen Jones
Northshore Yachts. Ltd.
44 1243 512611


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