2018 Best Full-size Cruiser

Boat of the Year 2018Superyacht designers Dubois Naval Architects have been commissioned to work alongside the Southerly design team to create the new Southerly 54. Innovative design, sleek styling, powerful sailing performance, superior build quality and luxurious accommodation are all hallmarks of this superb yacht.

The hull is characterized by a long waterline, fine entry and beam carried aft to ensure the highest degree of performance, comfort, stability and safety. The beautifully stylish lines of the coachroof exudes sophistication and elegance, normally only seen on much larger yachts.

The new Southerly 54 is designed for easy handling and can be sailed by just two people. The tall, powerful rig with swept-back spreaders keep the yacht sailing fast in all weather conditions with minimum effort. The double-headsail rig is suitable for most wind conditions and sailing environments; the self-tacking jib allows you to sail easily on short tacks without any effort–ideal for coastal cruising. The overlapping genoa enhances upwind performance in light air, and together, the double headsail is perfect for downwind tradewind sailing. An optional asymmetric gennaker, for off-wind sailing, can be flown from a bowsprit.

The variable-draft keel is the perfect compliment to a bluewater cruiser and offers a deeper draft for sailing offshore while having the flexibility to cruise shallow waters with the draft reduced to just a few feet.


Overall Length 55' 8" ft
Length Waterline 49' 0" ft
Beam 15' 7" ft
Draft 3' 5" / 11' 0" ft
Displacement 54,806 lbs
Ballast Weight 8,796 lbs
Keel Weight 4,696 lbs
Total Ballast 13,492 lbs
Air Draft 71' 6"
Sail Area (Main) 618 sq. ft.
Sail Area (Self-tacking Jib) 490 sq. ft.
Sail Area (Furling Genoa) 780 sq. ft.
Engine 160-hp Yanmar
Fuel Capacity 138 gals
Water Capacity 208 gals