The Southerly swing keel system opens up a world of possibilities denied to most yachts
Today, there are over 1,100 Southerly Owners worldwide who can testify to the remarkable versatility of the Variable Draft Keel system (swing keel) which fulfils most people’s idea of the perfect yacht: one that has a deep draft for powerful sailing performance, yet a shallow draft for exploring shallow creeks and inland waterways. Southerly’s have covered many thousands of miles, including transatlantic and round-the-world voyages.
Deep Draft Performance
The Variable Draft Keel provides a deep draft which gives a greater stability due to the increased righting moment. In practice the boat is stiffer, carries her sail better and carves her way efficiently to windward in any seaway. The Variable Draft Keel’s aerofoil shape is highly efficient – and allows you to point high (30°) with minimal leeway.
Shallow Draft Freedom
At the touch of a button, the keel can be raised, to sail in very shallow waters. This means you can extend your cruising grounds considerably. Raising the Variable Draft Keel, gives you access to many locations both for pleasure and for safety.