Southerly 540: 2018 Best Full-size Cruiser

Following the success of the Southerly 590, superyacht designers, Dubois Naval Architects have been commissioned to work alongside the Southerly design team, to create the new Southerly 540. 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 540 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.

Specifications

  • Overall Length: 55′ 8″
  • Waterline Length: 49′ 0″
  • Beam: 15′ 7″
  • Draft: 3′ 5″ – 11′ 0″
  • Displacement: 54,806 lbs
  • Ballast Weight: 8,796 lbs
  • Keel Weight: 4,696 lbs
  • Total Ballast: 13,492 lbs
  • Air Draft: 71′ 6″
  • Mainsail: 618 sq. ft.
  • Self-tacking Jib: 490 sq. ft.
  • Furling Genoa: 780 sq. ft.
  • Engine: 160-hp Yanmar
  • Fuel Tank: 138 gals
  • Water: 208 gals

The Southerly 540 in Action

The Southerly 540 Interior