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Southerly 38 For Sale

Yes, our Southerly 38 Ruby Rose is for sale.

A lot of you have known this was coming for a while. Our reasons for selling our beloved boat are detailed below. But first, here’s a quick reminder why the Southerly 38 is the best blue water cruiser under 40ft:

Not into videos? Check out this written post detailing every nook and cranny of our Southerly 38.

So, Why Are We Selling Such An Amazing Boat?

Excellent question.

Firstly, this has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us. We love our boat so much and she is very much our beloved home. We’ve had Ruby Rose from new, and lived on her full-time for five years. She has taken us from the UK, down the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. We then spent two years sailing the Caribbean, Bahamas and USA before doing another transatlantic and sailing the Western Mediterranean (you can read and watch all her adventures right here on this website). For this circuit, she’s been perfect.

However, our next adventure will take us into more remote parts of the world, where we intend to be as self sufficient as possible. The South Pacific is our next desired cruising ground, and for that journey we would like a boat with more storage space, a faster waterline speed, and the ability to be more self sufficient. While Ruby Rose is perfect for cruising grounds where amenities and provisions are only a short sail away (such as Europe, the USA or the Caribbean), she is less well suited to being in isolated and remote Pacific islands.

Why Is Ruby Rose The Ideal Cruising Yacht?

We really do believe Ruby Rose is the ideal cruising yacht for the cruising grounds we’ve explored so far. The reasons for this are numerous and take in everything from her high build quality to her large master cabin. She has a wonderfully spacious cockpit, loads of natural light in the saloon, plenty of storage space throughout the boat, and we have maintained her to the highest possible standard. Her numerous opening hatches mean she’s well ventilated for warmer climes, and yet she is also cozy and comfortable for cooler conditions with her diesel heater and cockpit enclosure.

The Southerly 38’s sub-40 ft length is a huge advantage in Europe and the USA, where you may want to spend more time in marinas and/or store her over winter in a boatyard; you get the advantages of interior volume and a spacious cockpit, but without the length that would incur additional charges and tariffs. Take Greece, for example. Their new cruising tax is being implemented as we speak- but boats under 12 metres pay only a nominal amount (Rubys papers state she is 11.99 metres). That’s one of many obvious reasons why a smaller boat is far more practical in some parts of the world.

Her swing keel is another unique feature that really does mean she can go anywhere, including the European canals, the Bahamas, the tidal waters of Brittany, or the shallow banks of the USA’s East Coast. With the keel fully up her draft is 80cm, and fully down it’s 2.2 metres. More details about the construction and engineering of the keel and below under the Full Specifications heading.

The quality of her build cannot be overstated, and we have spared no expense in fitting her out for both coastal cruising, as well as offshore passages. The full specifications are below, but some highlights are:

  • Brand new laminate Main sail and Jib (NEW 2019)
  • Lightly used Code Zero and Parasailor
  • 9.5 ft AB aluminium tender with 15hp outboard (NEW 2017)
  • 200 watt Solar panels
  • Watt and Sea hydrogenerator (NEW 2015)
  • Airbreeze wind generator
  • Watermaker Katadyn 80D
  • Viking 6 man liferaft (service due October 2020)
  • Icom M802 SSB Radio
  • AIS transceiver
  • Hydrovane Self Steer (NEW 2015)
  • Fans in both cabins and the galley
  • Full Cockpit Enclosure
  • Diesel Heating (Serviced Feb 2019)

As you can already see, she is the perfect boat for a person or couple who are interested in being full-time or part-time liveaboards and considering offshore and/or ocean crossings as part of their cruising plans. She is perfect for any cruising destination from the tropical islands of the Caribbean, the shallow banks of the Bahamas, the tidal coastlines of France, or the fjords of Norway- and everywhere in between.

She is completely set up for cruising and is ready to sail away right now.

Please email us at yachtrubyrose@gmail.com if you’re interested in this boat.

Southerly 38 For Sale- Full Specifications:


Asking price: £260,000
Location: Currently near Barcelona. We will soon be in France. Please contact us for exact location.
Available now.

Year: 2012
Builder: Northshore Yachts Ltd
Designer: Stephen Jones
Keel: Lifting

LOA: 11.99 m
Beam: 3.97 m
LWL: 10.98 m
Minimum Draft: 0.82 m
Maximum Draft: 2.59 m
Displacement: 9921 kgs
Ballast: 3802 kgs

Total Power: 39 KW

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 3JH5E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Center
Engine Hours: 1030
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Shaft Drive
Engine Power: 39 KW

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 Plastic (225 Litres)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Plastic (230 Litres)
Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (59 Litres)

Number of heads: 2


Heavy duty GRP moulding, hand laid up to Northshore’s Nordseal laminating system incorporating multi-axial and unidirectional reinforcements. The keel box is an integral part of the hull lay-up and sandwich construction stiffening runs the entire length of the hull topsides. All main bulkheads are bonded into the hull at main lay-up stage along with a stiffening grillage of transverse frames and longitudinal stringers. The engine bearers are also an integral part of the hull structure.

Gelcoat: Ivory White

Boot top: Grey

Style Lines: Grey

Northshore’s patented Nordseal anti-osmosis system

Clear gel coat below the waterline


Hand laid up GRP. Sandwich construction. Heavily stressed areas are additionally reinforced with uni-directional glass reinforcement. The deck is bonded to the hull through the entire length and to all main bulkheads resulting in a strong and integrated unit.

Gelcoat: Ivory white

Teak capping rail to hull to deck joint upstand

Moulded non-slip finish to ring deck

Access to chain locker from foredeck


The fixed ballast is an iron casting which acts as a grounding plate and as transverse stiffening for the keel unit. It is fitted into a recess in the hull in the area of the keel box with stainless steel bolts. The aerofoil Swing Keel is cast iron and incorporates a stainless steel pivot at the leading edge. The Swing Keel is raised and lowered by a hydraulic ram powered by an electrically driven pump with a hand operated back-up. All hydraulics are easily accessible for maintenance.

Keel control and gauge showing keel position fitted at wheel pedestal

Removable stainless steel pin, positioned to enable the keel to be locked in the ‘up’ position


Yanmar 3JH5E 39hp 3 cylinder, fresh water cooled, diesel engine with 2.6:1 reduction/reverse gear

80 amp alternator

Bronze stern tube with water lubricated stern gland

Stainless steel propeller shaft

Featherstream folding propeller

Ambassador AM10 ropecutter

Substantial skeg fitted on centreline to protect propeller and rudders when yacht is dried out

Non metallic fuel tank – capacity 230

litres/51 gallons, with sediment trap and line filter

Non metallic water strainer with removable filter

12 volt electric ventilator

Sound deadening to engine box

Hinge up panels at either end of engine box for access

Engine box can be completely removed for maintenance


Lewmar 82Kg 12V electric bow thruster, with control at steering position


Hot air heating system with outlets to saloon and each cabin, with programmable controller

75 Litre top loading refrigerated ice box

Holding tank system to aft toilet compartment. Heads pump to sea or into tank


Semi-balanced twin rudders

Twin 30’’ stainless steel cockpit wheels

Wheel rims trimmed with hide

Grey covers for wheels

Whitlock Cobra system

Single lever engine control

Emergency steering system

Compass guards and 6 inch main steering compasses

Hydrovane Self steering windvane system


Six opening deck hatches, size 20, over forecabin, size 41 over fwd cabin and fwd heads, saloon, one size 44 and 2, size 20 over saloon, 2 size 00 over galley and aft heads

Glazed opening ports in aft cabin coamings port and starboard

Glazed opening ports in aft cabin to cockpit

Two dorade and one fixed ventilator on deck serving heads and saloon

Perspex main companionway hatch

Pilot house windows and hull ports are partially reflective toughened glass, bonded into recesses in GRP mouldings


Pressurised hot and cold water system

Mixer tap to galley sink

Mixer tap in heads compartments

Non-metallic fresh water tank – total capacity 225 litres/49 gallons

Electric pressure pump

Hot water provided by engine calorifier unit

Electric sump pumps to shower trays

One manual bilge pump

One electric submersible bilge pump


Interior joinery is finished in solid American cherry and marine faced quality plywood. Linings are fabric covered plywood or GRP as appropriate. Cabin soles are teak striped non-slip laminate.


Saloon: Futura Birch Blush Beige Leather

Aft cabin seating: JAB Hornefors 1-2877-379

Cabin berths: Emporo EMP606

Headboards: Futura leather Birch Taupe

Navigators seat: Beige plain Natura

Nav pod: Grey

Curtain: Camino 2

Roller shades/screens fitted to hatches in main saloon


Galley: Aspen Glacier

Heads: Staron Tempest Zenith

Blinds fitted to coachroof windows


The layout is in accordance with the general arrangement drawing. There are a total of six

berths with two in the forecabin, two in the aft cabin and two in the saloon.

An optional third cabin can provide a further double berth and an overlapping berth in forecabin is available at additional cost.


Twin stainless steel sinks

Corian type worktop, Aspen Glacier

Pressurised hot and cold water

Stainless steel grab rail

Top loading refrigerated ice box (75 litres)

Fully gimballed gas cooker with two burners, grill and oven (fail-safe devices on all burners)

Gas cut off tap

Ample storage for crockery and cutlery


Two opening hatches

Overhead light


Full length ‘L shaped’ single settee to port and full length single settee to starboard

Folding leaf table

Four lockers forward

Shelves outboard

Stowage under seating

Two opening hatches

Overhead lights

Concertina blinds to pilot house windows at additional cost

Pull out double berth conversion to port seating at additional cost


Chart table to starboard with excellent visibility


Instrument console forward of chart table

Chart stowage under hinged lid

Locker spaces

Opening hatch

Overhead light

Chart light

Main switch panel


Large centreline double berth, with split mattress

Upholstered seats port and starboard

Two corner lockers

Large hanging locker


Three opening portlights

Two fixed portlights

Overhead light

Two reading lights

Concertina blinds


Marine w.c.

Washbasin with Corian type surround

Hot and cold pressurised water

Electric shower pump

Grating to shower tray



Glass holder

Fixed portlight

Opening portlight


‘V’ berth, two long single berths

Infill to convert to a double

Large hanging locker

Two full length shelves

Two fixed portlights

Opening hatch

Overhead lights

Two reading lights



Marine w.c.

Washbasin with Corian type surround

Hot and cold pressurised water

Grating to shower tray

Electric shower pump

Opening hatch

Fixed portlight



Glass holder



Garmin 200i VHF radio

Garmin scanner 18”HD fitted at mast

Garmin 12” 5012 series fitted in swivel Navpod at aft end of cockpit table.

Garmin GMI, Speed, Depth and Wind colour instruments mounded in panel above companionway

Garmin GHP12 Autopilot corepack and control head

Glomec TV antenna fitted at mast with outlets to main saloon and aft cabin

Epirb Kannad Safelink

Icom 802 SSB, AT140 tuner and insulated backstay

Iridium Sat phone and Redbox router

AIS Garmin 600 transceiver

 2 x 22” Samsung televisions, one in main saloon, 1 in master cabin

Pioneer head unit

Fusion 5 channel amplifier

2 Sony speakers in main saloon

2 JL MX450 speaker in cockpit


12 volt system

Four heavy duty Trojan T105 batteries,450ah, charged from engine alternator; one for engine, three for domestic use ( New March 2017)

Isolating switches

Cabin lighting throughout

Reading lights over bunks

Chart light over navigation table

Full navigation light system incorporating bow lights, stern light, masthead tricolour light with all round white anchor light, deck flood light and steaming light

Circuit breakers on main panel

240 volt ring main with 6 double outlet sockets, earth leak circuit breaker and connection cable with plug for shore connection and 1Kw immersion heater fitted to hot water calorifier

Mastervolt Mass combi unit 12/1200w – 60A inverter/charger

Mastervolt ICC remote control pane

2 x 12V 10am interior socket (Cigarette lighter type) fitted at chart table

Airbreeze wind generator

2 x 100W Solar Panels, BMV MPPT regulator with BlueTooth

Watt and sea hydrogenator

BMV battery monitor


Selden fractional rig

Double swept back spreaders

Selden anodised aluminium spars, finished in silver

2 spinnaker poles

Internal halyards

1×19 stainless steel wire standing rigging with swage toggle-fork chrome bronze rigging screws

Backstay with manual tensioner

Self tacking foresail

Furlex headsail reefing system

Single line reefing led aft to cockpit for mainsail

Solid kicker

Main halyard

Topping lift

Kicker, jib sheet, main halyard, topping lift, outhaul and 2 reefs lead aft

Jib halyard at mast

Burgee and signal halyards

Lewmar size 30 winch on mast

Lazy jacks for stac pack

Stainless steel removeable bowsprit

2 Climbing steps fitted at lower mast


UV protection strip to foresail

Mainsail with four battens and mast sliders

Mainsail cover

Stac pack

125m2 Parasail

North Sails Code Zero with Selden furler (2012)


Aft cockpit

Self draining

Port and starboard steering positions

Stainless steel grabrail fitted to both helms

Laid teak to cockpit seats

Cockpit cushions

Laid teak to cockpit sole

Cockpit table with folding leaves, stowage and handrail

Grey cover for cockpit table

Good access aft for boarding through transom

Telescopic stern boarding ladder

Cockpit locker to port and starboard

Gas bottle storage in cockpit locker to starboard

Liferaft / fender stowage in cockpit locker to port

Perspex main hatch with washboard

Instrument panel above hatchway

Two winch handle pockets

Two Lewmar 46ST winches at companionway

Two safety harness eyes


Cleats forward and aft raised

Spring cleats amidships with stainless steel chafe guard

Stainless steel stemhead fitting with twin bow roller

Stainless steel chaffe plate fitted to bow just below stemhead

GRP foredeck anchor locker with reinforced shelf to take anchor windlass

Quick Hector 12V 1500 watt with hand held control (NEW control 2018)

Additional windlass control fitted to steering pedestal

Stainless steel pulpit incorporating navigation light bracket

Stainless steel stanchions and guardwires with gates port and starboard

Stainless steel pushpit incorporating stern gate, navigation light bracket and ensign socket

Fuel and water deck fillers

Self tacking foresail track with sheet to cockpit

Turning blocks to take reefing lines

Mainsheet track with control lines

Four rope clutches to port and five to starboard, for running rigging

Two Lewmar 46ST winches, starboard side electric

Stainless steel grab handles on either side of coachroof with integral mainsheet lead

Recessed trough for sprayhood

Sprayhood in Charcoal grey with integral handles

Bimini and cockpit tent with stainless steel frame

Viking Resue Me liferaft (Serviced 2017)


9 ft AB  Alumina RIB with 15Hp Tohatsu outboard motor (with 2nd 6Hp Yamaha)

Mantus anchor

50 metres of chain

30 metres of warp

Fortess FX23 anchor

Two fire extinguishers

One fire blanket

If you’ve managed to get all the way to the bottom of this page, I’m assuming you may be interested in buying this boat. If so, please send us an email to yachtrubyrose@gmail.com.


Nick & Terysa