Friday, March 11, 2011

Southerly - Design 2100

This big aluminum centerboard ketch was built by Paul E. Luke of East Boothbay, Maine and launched in 1975. With her well protected center cockpit and accommodations split fore and aft she seems a perfect cruising yacht. Designed as such she surprised everyone by being a successful ocean racing yacht.

This is all we have in color and we glued two images together to get the whole boat.

Here are the plans.

I believe Southerly was the only aluminum yacht built to this design but I can see in the files two sisters were built of steel, somewhere up on the Great Lakes.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 55'-5"
LWL 42'-3"
Beam 14'-0"
Draft 5'-0" (board up) 9'-6" (board down)
Displacement 28,650 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,204 sq ft


  1. Why is Southerly's prop shaft aligned at an angle to the center line ? It appears you could easily step the mizzen on a step bridging the prop shaft .

  2. The shaft line is off center to try to compensate for propeller "walk" when backing. In theory the boat should back perfectly straight due to this compensating offset.

  3. Is she for sale now?

  4. Southerly was commissioned by Burt Keenan in 1973, and built by Paul Luke in East Boothbay, Maine. She was refit at Minnefords in the late 1970s, and then was sold in 1984 to Frank Snyder. Jay Gowell found the boat near-derelict in Florida in the mid-1990s, and eventually sold her to Walter & Susan Keenan, who completed the refit. Rives Potts and the crew at Pilots Point did the work, along with Timo Tavio. Walter & Susan sold her to an Irish syndicate in 2005, and the boat sailed transatlantic then. Last seen very happily moored in Cork.

  5. ... and we have sailed Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and this year to Northern Spain. Going well and in excellent condition.
    Present owners.

    1. Hi Slan.
      Wondering if you still own Southerly. I owned her for about 4 years and sailed from Maine to Venezuela and then back to Florida with family and kids for crew.
      I’d love to hear from you.

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    3. Slán agus beannachtaí duit chomh maith.

  6. Why Southerly's shaft is off center line: Paul E Luke was a master of building light, stiff and strong boat's at the time. Southerly was originally build as a race boat (without interior to speak of). My guess is that center line shaft would have required a substantial reinforcement to the structure (back bone of the boat)... Yes the weight would have been in the right place, but that was not how we saw things in the early 70's (before vpp/cad/cam etc) However having off center shaft brought additional (accidental) benefit, you can walk Southerly sideways when Docking. I love that boat... TT