Discovery Yachts Group acquires Southerly Yachts

The well known Southerly yacht brand has been acquired by the Discovery Yachts Group

The well known Southerly yacht brand has been acquired by the Discovery Yachts Group

Following the recent management buyout and with new investors, the Discovery Yachts Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of the highly acclaimed Southerly range of swing keel sailing yachts.

The investment in the popular Southerly brand of yachts is a logical move for the MBO team at the Discovery Yachts Group who are aiming to become one of the UK’s leading sailboat builders with a versatile range of quality cruising yachts (monohull and catamaran) from 32 to 67ft.

The hugely popular variable draft Southerly Yachts offer comfort and performance with the swing keel giving the freedom and versatility to sail in almost any waters. The swing keel was a unique concept when the first Southerly was launched in 1978. Today there are over 900 Southerly owners worldwide who enjoy the flexibility and freedom of a deep draft for powerful sailing performance and precise directional stability, as well as a shallow draft for exploring many of the normally inaccessible coastlines and inland waterways.

Discovery Yachts are recognised around the world for innovative designs and meticulous workmanship that will be applied to the build of the Southerly range of variable draft cruising yachts. Plans are underway to enhance the Southerly offering by adding a mix of the Discovery bespoke customisation and beautiful handcrafted joinery to make each yacht exceptional.

Northshore Shipyard will continue to be an approved specialist Southerly Refit & Repair Centre and Southerly Yacht Brokerage. Northshore will continue their long history of looking after existing Southerly owners in this mutually beneficial arrangement with Discovery Yachts Group.

New build programmes have already been entered into the 2017 Discovery production schedule and production of Southerly yachts will take place at Discovery’s Southampton based manufacturing facility. A new product launch for the Southerly brand is expected for the Southampton Boat Show in September.