Southerly Yachts: Without Limits - Southerly 480


Performance, quality, and sheer luxury are rooted in the DNA of the Southerly 480. An imposing design, beautifully styled, sleek, powerful, and thoroughly modern, her quality of construction and finish stands out amongst the mass of production boats. She is a testament to the proudest traditions of British luxury yacht building. It is an exceptional yacht that will be enjoyed and appreciated by the whole crew.

Southerly Yachts: Without Limits - Southerly 480 exterior on beach
Southerly Yachts: Without Limits - Southerly 480 exterior

The Southerly 480, built with a variable draft swing keel, twin rudder arrangement, and substantial skeg, provides the impressive stability and performance required for a bluewater sailing yacht. While at the same time allowing for exploring of anchorages and harbors no other boat this size could access, this is thanks to the just 3’ 3” draft when the keel is fully up.


  • Built to order by expert craftspeople in England.
  • Ballast plate and variable draft swing keel (3’ 3” up & 10’ 2” down)
  • Comfortable aft cabin with a center-line berth
  • Two or three cabin layouts with two heads
  • Solant rig (twin headsails) with in-mast furling mainsail




Length Overall 48' 7" ft
Length Waterline 42' 8" ft
Beam 14' 6" ft
Draft – Keel Up 3' 3" ft
Draft – Keel Down 10' 2" ft
Displacement 38,043 lbs
Ballast Weight 8,796 lbs
Keel Weight 4,696 lbs
Total Ballast 13,492 lbs
Air Draft 71' 6" ft
Sail Area - Main Sail 618 sq ft
Sail Area - Self-tacking Jib 491 sq ft
Sail Area - Furling Genoa 780 sq ft
Engine Yanmar 80hp
Fuel Capacity 175 gal
Water Capacity 106 gal



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