A Company with the Ocean in its Hearth
Southerly is often synonym with blue water cruising. The boats made under this brand are indeed high-quality ocean boatscreated by expert craftsmen in what is the global home of sailing: Southampton.
Now, the brand benefits from a range consisting of 7 different models from 33 to 59 feet. More specifically, the new entry of the family is the brand-new Southerly 480, officially presented at Boot Dusseldorf these days. The launch has a particular significance for the Italian market not only for the great qualities of this boat but because, after many years, the brand comes back to Italy thanks to Adria Ship, the historic Italian importer of Elan, Bali and Catana brands that now trades all the four ranges of the English group: Southerly; Discovery Yachts, which, contrary to Southerly yachts, feature a fixed keel; Britannia, which consists of a wonderful 74-feet boat; and Blu Water, the family of catamarans.
The Southerly 480
The Southerly 480 is based on the same interior layout than her predecessors, except for the deckhouse, whose windows are now wider and whose front part is more vertical and squared. Clearly inspired by the lines of the “old” 48-footer, this new yacht benefits from new materials, more sophisticated woodwork and equipment along with a rigging arrangement oriented towards a safe sailing with small crew.
The rest of the boat fully reflects the hallmarks of the brand. Thus, a highly-equipped deck, a well-sheltered cockpit, a nice walking surface behind the helm station, wide side-decks, a generous mainsail of almost 60 square meters and a self-tacking jib.
Next to the deckhouse we can find the rails for a classic 140% 72-square-meter genoa.
Inside, the dinette – a real uncompromised deck saloon – plays the major role. Coming down, we find a U-shaped, well-sheltered galley on the left. Then, the lunch area on the left is furnished with a large sofa positioned on the starboard side. Here, the huge side windows and the central one offer a spectacular view on the sea while flooding interiors with a great amount of natural light.
Forward, we find a bunk-bed cabin on the left, a toilet with separate shower compartment on the right and a nice forward double-bed cabin. In the stern, the master cabin is equipped with en-suite bathroom, separate shower and closet.