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Old 14-10-2019, 09:03   #16
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Re: Southerly boats

Originally Posted by kevinof View Post
Thanks. It was the 480 (recent) and I may have heard wrong on the ballast or someone who thought they knew more than I said it. Either way I am not a fan of the boat. I just found the main cabin claustrophobic and felt like the walls were pushed in. I've sailed on DS boats before but this felt cramped and old. But again, that's my opinion and others my love the design.

As for shoal draft and sticking it on a beach , I don't think there is another cruising boat that will beat it. Does exactly what it says on the tin!
Southerly, like Amels are passagemakers, and like older Amel do indeed feel smaller inside than their size would suggest. One line of thought is that you dont want wide open spaces inside of the boat on the passage: basically farther to fall. I don't have enought experience to judge that point of view, but guys from Distant Shores are on their third Southerly, so there must be something there. And they sailed a lot of miles in the last 30 years. I spent yesterday 3 hours on board of 480 and we were inside all the time due to the rain. I would discribe it as a "cozy", rather than "cramped". The feel seems to grow on you. And it seems to be well designed boat with a lot of input from actual sailors.

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