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Old 15-10-2018, 12:21   #1
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Southerly 480 - Build Thread?

Recently signed up for a new boat (sail), so whilst I will probably produce a blog to share my experience with other potential buyers of the same boat/builder I thought I would check to see if there's any interest on the forum.

Let me know....
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Old 15-10-2018, 14:58   #2
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Re: Any interest in a new build thread?

Which boat? We are having a Seawind 1160 Lite cat built in Vietnam. Started in July; scheduled completion early Nov, arrival in Miami on ship in mid Dec. We get pics and production updates from Seawind monthly. Visited the factory ourselves about a month ago. The wait is pretty tough. Thankfully we put down hull deposit in early Jan, and they look to hit their 11 month completion estimate. I think now their delivery date is longer on new orders.
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Oops, sorry. I just noticed you posted in monohull section. Not so obvious on Tapatalk app.
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Re: Any interest in a new build thread?

No worries. Ours is a Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. Build is going well and she should be ready to splash by Feb next year.

Yes the wait is a pain, but luckily for me I live an hours drive from the yard, so I get to visit regularly.....

Good luck with your build
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Re: Any interest in a new build thread?

I would love to hear some more details and photos.
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I would love to hear some more details and photos.
OK will limber up and get started!
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OK will limber up and get started!
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Re: Any interest in a new build thread?

Curious, did you look at Distant Shores build of the 480?
They appear to be very pleased with her.
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Curious, did you look at Distant Shores build of the 480?
They appear to be very pleased with her.
Yes I did, and visited the factory a few times during the build.
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OK so as above our new girl is a Southerly 480 being built by Discovery yachts in Southampton. We have specified her quite conservatively since there are some things I think we will be able to better asses once we are using the boat. In some cases some preparation is being done for example wiring, pipework where the runs might be painful after build.

Here's a video of the hull moulding just getting under way.

This shows the Ral7012 grey gelcoat above the waterline and clear below the first layers of glass. The white paper area is where the keel grounding plate and keel box will be installed. The wooden lumps are the lands for hull ports

I will now try and find out how to embed videos.....
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This is the Keel and grounding plate. Actually this is from a different boat, but they are the same.





The keel is around 2tons and the grounding plate around 4.

The assembly is covered by the keel box, which looks like this




This again is from a sister ship being built alongside. I arrived to late to get a clear shot of mine
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This shows the hull some while later in the build, in this photo you can see the SSB ground plane as an orange stripe across the hull. It's one of the things Discovery have put in to save hassle later if its needed. Although it cant be seen in the layup, forward of the keel there is an extra layer of kevlar included, which I am told will help if ever I hit any underwater objects, which I hope never gets put to the test....

You can also see the bulkhead woodwork has a horizontally arranged grain, in this case it is crown cut Light Walnut, its such a light boat when it's outside I think we can get away with not having a light finish



This is the aft cabin, on the left are the ends of the engine bearers, and the first bits of the floor grid. The rubbish bag on the right is actually covering the stern thruster tunnel which ends up under the bed.
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Great photos.
I would love to hear details of equipment installed etc as you progress through the build.

You must be getting excited
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Noelex 77 is that a Berckemeyer?

Yes the kevlar is the choice for burst resistance. I have a set of drawings with 2 layers scheduled outer and 2 inner.

The rib cage of this hull certainly looks robust.

Would you know which core and thickness they use?
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Great photos.
I would love to hear details of equipment installed etc as you progress through the build.

You must be getting excited
Yes its exciting, the build is some time ahead of my posts, so I will try to catch up a bit.

I will post a summary of the bigger bits of kit later, but they'll turn up in the pictures at some point as well. It can be dificult at the moment because I don't want to get in the way when the guys are working.....
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