Southern 76 — By Capt. Bill Pike — April 2001
|Part 2: Great Southern 76 continued|
But how do such facets
and features work in the real world? Although I sea-trialed the Great
Southern in the coastal Atlantic well beyond the Fort Lauderdale jetties,
sea conditions were wimpy on test day, with the biggest waves cresting
at little more than five feet. Hardly a true test of a true trawler. Nevertheless,
there was one aspect of performance I found remarkable. With the stabilizers
off, roll when lying abeam was easy and remarkably slight. So faint was
the motion, in fact, that pencils refused to move on the chart table.
Even as we transited the mouth of the jetties, which offered an occasional
eight-footer, the ride with the Wesmars off was more reminiscent of that
of a freight train crossing open prairie than a boat negotiating turbulent
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.