1950 Clarke Ketch “Southwinds”
This stunning yacht designed by Robert Clark was built in 1950 at the shipyard of John Hayes & Sons in Milsons Point. “Southwinds” has been strongly built with1 1/2 inch thick Huon Pine planks, spotted gum ribs and springers with teak decks. An evocative boat with plenty of history and character, yet all the comfort of a wonderful well-designed layout with a spacious cockpit and comfortable live-aboard spaces.
Anyone who spends time aboard “Southwinds” will tell you the sailing is just a part of the enjoyment. She sails fast and steadily due to her long waterline and solid build. The decks are expansive on a boat this long, while her Ketch rig keeps her manageable to sail.
She has furling mizzen, main and genoa with all controls from the cockpit. Hydraulic steering from the Teak and brass traditional ships wheel. Below, rich timbers, large windows, and high wide floors create a luxurious and spacious feel. The comfortable dining area and open galley offer a large, warm entertaining space. The berths have plenty of light and storage. There is a separate head from the bathroom, so you can spend more time undisturbed in the bath. Yes, that’s right, a bespoke wooden bath with traditional brass fittings.
“SouthWinds” has a rich history. Under the name Valhalla, she was one of the first yachts to skip around the world by a woman. She has competed in the Sydney to Hobart and she’s been owned at various time by notable Australians including Iain Finlay, Sailor Tim Herbert and John Hallas of Ella Bache, sponsor of Jessica Watsons single-handed circumnavigation.
The plans for “Southwinds” from 1948, including pencils of her keel profile and cabins and inks of her lines, half breadth and ketch sail plan in 1:16, lie in the Museum at Greenwich. Her specifications are with Lloyds
GENERAL DETAILS OF (1950 Clarke Ketch “Southwinds”)
- Length: 61 Feet
- Beam: 4.3 m
- Draft: 2.5 m
- Displacement: 25000 kg
- Hull Material: Carvel built Huon pine on spotted gum frames and Dynal sheathed.
- Engine: Nissan SD 33 6cyl
- Designer: Robert Clarke
- Accommodation: 3 cabins
- Builder: John Hayes & Sons, Sydney
- Location: Sydney
- Price: AU$ 360,000
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