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Southerly 100


ashore Cornwall


Northshore Yacht Yards Ltd., Itchenor, West Sussex






32' 0"

Sail area

478 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


25' 0"



The Southerly 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.


9' 11"


Saloon and forecabin


1' 10" to 5' 10"


5 plus one small berth


9,500 lbs


Yanmar 2GM diesel


2,774 ballast plate plus 1,632 lifting keel weight



Keel type

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.

Southerly 100 lift keel yacht for sale

Yachtsnet photographs July 2017

Moored quarter
Southerly 100 ashore

Moored forward - Southerly 100 for sale

Bow detail
Deck aft

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.

Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward

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.

Forecabin berths

The forecabin has two "stacked" single berths. Although probably original from new, the upholstery is in fairly good condition.


July 2017

Saloon table

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

Chart table
Accommodation plan
Southerly 100 for sale - seen beached

The original design for the Carter designed Southerly keels had a manual hydraulic pump to raise the keel, and a valve to release the pressure to lower it. Most boats were however fitted with electric pumps, with the manual pump available as backup.

keel mechanism
Ashore November 2017

Photos above and below November 2017: ashore with keel lowered

Ashore November 2017
Moored beam - Southly 100 for sale

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.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Yanmar 2GM 18 bhp diesel, raw water cooled, regularly serviced

Fuel tank capacity

136 litres


Two-blade fixed on shaft drive with Ambassador rope stripper


2 x 105AH batteries

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and Solara solar panel on coachroof

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

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

Genoa furling


Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 30ST two speed self-tailing

Halliard/reefing winches

2 x Lewmar 8 on coachroof

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with chain and Octoplait warp

Kedge anchors

Bruce with chain and warp - normally kept stowed on bow roller


Whitlock Cobra two-station wheel steering


Autohelm 3000 wheel pilot

Steering compass

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



Depth sounder




VHF radio

Icom IC-M421 with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment


Seago ORC liferaft 4-man canister type serviced to June 2019


Lifebuoy and danbuoy

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper mast mounted

Bilge pump



Cabin layout

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


Jabsco PAR





Round tail inflatable with outboard bracket

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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