Published: Monday, 05 May 2014
The New Southerly 36, designed by Stephen Jones is in a class of her own. A fast comfortable modern hull offers the very best in sailing performance, combined with sleek exterior styling, a luxurious interior and the unique variable draft keel.
The Southerly 36 can be easily sailed by two people and boasts an impressive sail plan. The tall fractional rig with swept back double spreaders, combines a self tacking furling jib and large mainsail with single line reefing, giving a total sail area of 684 sq ft (63.58m2), for powerful windward performance.
A double headsail rig configuration (self tacking jib and genoa) can be specified, as an option, for optimum performance in most wind conditions. For offwind sailing in lighter airs, a gennaker can be flown from a stainless steel removable bowsprit.
The New Southerly 36 reflects many of the desired features and interior layout of the popular Southerly 110, with panoramic views from the interior and front opening windows to provide excellent ventilation in warm climates.
The large aft cockpit offers comfortable seating around twin helm stations with space for full instrumentation. The mainsheet track is located on the pilot house coachroof with control lines fed back to both helm stations, allowing the yacht to be easily managed. The steering is direct with minimum backlash with semi-balanced twin rudders to give instantly responsive steering and precise directional stability. The forward part of the cockpit is wide with generous seating for socialising. A teak cockpit table offers dinette facilities, whilst also providing a foot brace when the yacht is heeled. The hinged transom door gives easy access from the stern and the telescopic bathing ladder conveniently folds away, when not in use.
The highly developed variable draft keel design gives the freedom and versatility to sail in almost any waters. With the keel lowered, the deep draft of 8'7'' (2.61m) makes for fast, serious passage making, pointing high at 30 degrees. At the touch of a button, the keel can be raised, to give a shallow draft of just 2'8'' (0.83m), perfect for sailing around coastlines and inland waterways. Southerly 36 will also sit on her grounding plate, and can dry out, completely upright.
As you step inside, you enter a light and airy interior. The pilothouse windows in the raised coachroof provide panoramic views, giving an instant feeling of space.
There is well appointed accommodation with good headroom throughout, creating a sense of comfort and luxury. The saloon seating to port and starboard provides a focal point for owner and guests, permitting easy dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The open galley is well equipped and enjoys good all round views. Large work surfaces, lots of storage, a top loading stainless steel fridge and fully gimballed cooker with grill and oven provide excellent facilities for entertaining in style. The chart table has good visibility forward and is in easy communication with the cockpit. The spacious aft cabin is a particular feature and boasts a large centreline double berth with seating on both sides, plentiful stowage and ensuite facilities. The large forward cabin is available with a double berth as standard, optional second heads, or optional twin v berths, that can also convert to a double.
Each yacht is built to order, to suit the owner's personal requirements. There is a comprehensive list of options including a choice of interior woods and upholstery. Additional engineering domestic and navigation items such as microwave, air conditioning / heating, generator, TV/DVD are available, to make living aboard a real pleasure.