Southern 76 — By Capt. Bill Pike
|Steel construction and Aussie savvy make the Great Southern 76 an ABS-certified bruiser of a cruiser.|
The hardest class I
ever took was based on the book Stability and Trim for the Ship’s
Officer, written by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy instructors John
Ladage and Lee van Gemert. It was a deceptively trim little volume but
so dense and difficult that several of my fellow deck cadets stumbled
on one prolix, trigonometrical chapter or another and flunked out. Besides
being a stumbling block, the book was also an intensely practical exegesis
of seafaring stability, or “the tendency of a vessel to return to
its original position after it has been inclined due to external forces.”
Thanks be to merciful providence, I’ve had virtually nothing to do
with the terrible little tome for years, until just recently when the
subject of stability came up during a test of a salty, Australian-built
passagemaker called the Great Southern 76.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.