New Listing – 2008 Southerly 32

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Grabau International is delighted to announce the listing of the 2008 Southerly 32 ‘SPIRIT’.

Sparkling red-hulled example of the very popular lift-keel Stephen Jones designed performance cruising yacht. Hugh spec with benefit of brand new Yanmar engine, recently replaced plotter & radar, batteries and genoa, plus a raft of extras including teak decks, in-mast furling, diesel heating and electric winch.

BROKER’S FURTHER COMMENTS:

SPIRIT was moulded in 2007, completed and launched in 2008, she was displayed at the London Boat Show that year. Remaining in her original ownership until 2014, she was sold to her current owners who have used her for local cruising in and around The Solent and occasional cross-Channel trips.

Originally fitted out with a very high specification, SPIRIT boasts a number of desirable upgrades and updates over the standard fitout. These include:-
• Red gelcoat hull finish.
• Teak side decks.
• Electro-hydraulically operated swing keel with grounding plate.
• Keel pennant and rubber keel flaps replaced – 2016.
• Twin rudders.
• Brand new Yanmar 3YM30 29hp diesel engine on shaft drive – 2019.
• 3-blade folding propeller and rope cutter.
• Bowthruster.
• Diesel fired hot air cabin heating.
• In-mast furling main sail.
• Electric control line winch.
• Roller furling self-tacking jib – replaced 2017.
• Stainless steel gennaker bowsprit with gennaker.
• Electric anchor windlass.
• Upgraded batteries.
• Latest Raymarine Hybrid Touch colour touchscreen plotter & 18” Quantum radar installed – 2017.
• Active masthead radar reflector.
• Sprayhood replaced 2016.
• Hot and cold cockpit shower.
• Outboard motor crane.
• 4-Person liferaft.
• 406Mhz Epirb.
• Cherry interior joinery.
• Lee-cloths to the saloon berths.

Easily handled under sail thanks to her self-tacking jib and in-mast furling mainsail, complete with an electric control-line winch, and easily-maneuvered under power thanks to her powerful Yanmar engine coupled with 12vDC bowthruster, SPIRIT is perfect for family or single-handed sailing locally and off-shore. Add in the iconic Southerly lift-keel mechanism which allows her to go almost anywhere, including on the beach, there is little out there to touch SPIRIT for ready practicality.

Now offered for sale due to a lack of time for cruising and a move back to racing, SPIRIT is ready to go and conveniently located on the central South Coast.

MANUFACTURER’S COMMENTS:

“FAST, FUN & EASY TO SAIL
Stephen Jones was commissioned to embody the established features of the Southerly within a hull to fit a 10m mooring whilst providing good live aboard facilities and excellent sailing performance. The result sets very high standards which will appeal to many; comfortable cockpit with good storage, wide side decks for safe footing, easy to handle rig with self-tacking jib, light and airy interior with accommodation to sleep up to six people. Under sail, the Southerly 32 is fast and exhilarating – and a real pleasure to helm. The modern hull shape with plumb stem and long waterline length provides impressive sailing performance whilst the broad transom, twin rudders and Whitlock direct rod steering gives instantly responsive helming and exceptional directional stability – making the yacht easy to control. Single-line mainsail reefing and a Furlex on the self-tacking jib makes sail handling easy, ideal for family or short-handed sailing. The furling self-tacking jib means you can tack spontaneously, allowing you to sail in conditions that a conventional sail plan may not allow, such as in a harbour or congested sailing area.”

MEDIA REVIEW:

“This boat is massive, just huge. A marvel of dimension-dazzling proportions. If you step off a Contessa 32 and onto the Southerly 32, stand in the cockpit and you’ll feel like a townie in the country, overwhelmed by space. You may feel compelled to step below, in search of familiar confines, but you’ll emerge seconds later, beaded with agoraphobic sweat and demanding a tape measure. This can’t be a 32-footer can it?

Southerly has jumped designer Steven Jones through every possible hoop to make use of every cubic inch of volume. The plumb bow, the reverse counter transom, the near-12ft beam carried right the way aft, the pilothouse, coachroof and coaming that barring a few feet at the bow run the length of the boat…

UNDER SAIL
…Outside Chichester Harbour, there wasn’t much wind but inside the entrance, the Thorney and Emsworth channels funnelled a brisk 13 to 17-knot northerly from the South Downs. She settled easily into a wide, easy groove around 35 degrees off the wind, making 5-5.7 knots. Tacking was simplicity itself – helm down, tack through 95 degrees true, speed drops to around 4 knots then she accelerates – surprisingly easily for a boat that displaces more than a Vancouver 32…

…She beam-reached nimbly, making 5.5-6.9 knots in 14-17 knots of true wind, responding quickly to changes in the breeze. Further off-wind she glided along on a broad reach at 4.8-6.4 knots…

ON DECK
There’s an asymmetric double bow roller with a main anchor to starboard and a snubbing or tripping line roller to port. There is a detachable stainless-steel bowsprit that fits on the bow roller, to which a cruising chute can be tacked…

…The cockpit layout suggests very easy management of the simple sail plan and a cockpit all but free of lines… The helm position is good – great sight lines, good seating and there’s no problem leaning over the wheel to get at the throttle…it’s a comfortable place to be – deep, safe, with good bracing and comfy coamings to lean or sit on…

BELOW DECKS
Again, the amount of space and natural light is absolutely remarkable for a boat of this size, and the space is used very cleverly. Stepping down from the bridge deck, you’ll find 6ft headroom at the bottom of the companionway and views out through the pilothouse windows. To port, the galley has the same headroom and views, great bracing on both tacks, a dedicated light and an opening port above the single 6in-deep sink… To starboard, raised 9in to make the most of the view, is a first-class navigation station. It’s short of full chart size but the instrument pod is straight ahead, just below eye level, with more instrument space outboard. Below the seat there’s a locker and below that, built into the steps, is the battery panel. The main switch panel is inboard on the nav station bulkhead.

Down a 4in step is the saloon with 6ft 4in headroom and a pair of 6ft 4in settee berths. The settees seat six comfortably with views through eye-level hull ports. The large, two-leaved table hides the keel casing. There’s a screw panel in the table and a watertight hatch in the casing for maintenance…. Under the saloon sole to port is the hydraulic keel lift, and below the companionway sole are the battery housing and engine stopcocks. This raised section provides space for systems without comprising headroom, while physically creating different living areas.

Down a step aft is the owner’s suite. There’s 6ft 10in headroom just under the cabin door… The double berth is designed with the foot aft but, as it’s a mighty 6ft 2in by 6ft 5in, sleeping athwartships is an option. Beneath the bunk is stowage space and access to the stern tube. There’s one hull port and two hatches. Forward an un-fiddled shelf unclips and lifts for engine access, then to port there’s a 4ft 4in door into the en suite heads.

The heads has a huge 6ft 7in headroom with a big shower with a bulkhead fitting and excellent access to seacocks…

The fore cabin has 6ft headroom and a section bolts into the U-shape to complete a berth 7ft 5in long, 14in wide at the foot and 6ft 6in at the head with cavernous storage below.

VERDICT
The Southerly 32 is a remarkable achievement. To squeeze this much volume into a 32 ft boat and still make her easy on the eye is no mean feat. Less remarkable is Southerly’s uncompromising attitude to materials and build quality. Having probed every nook and cranny, we found one very slightly ill-fitting wet locker door.

It’s easy to forget Southerly’s USP: the lifting keel. There are plenty of places, such as the drying ports of the Normandy coast, that you would struggle to visit with fin or bilge keels. At a push of a button, you can lift the keel and rest assured of a soft, stable landing, provided you’ve checked the ground…

Extracts of article by from Yachting Monthly Magazine June 2008 edition

Southerly 32 – Spirit – Asking £125,000 VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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