Layout There are 4 double private cabins with closets (3 available for guests), 2
in each hull, each equipped with a fan and ventilation hatches. There are also 2
forward “crew” cabins that currently serve as storage. Each hull has a head
equipped with a toilet and hot/cold shower. There is also a shower on the aft
steps. In the center bridge-deck is a spacious saloon/galley that can seat 8 adults
at the table. The cockpit can easily seat 12 and also has a dining table. Weather
protection for the cockpit is provided by a fixed bimini/dodger with removable
plastic windows and screens. Ample space for lounging and sunning is available
on the forward nets.
Water We have hot/cold running water with 150 gallon water tank capacity and a
30-gallon hot water heater. We make our water with an Aqua Marine engine-driven
desalination plant capable of making 24 gallons per hour.
Galley and Meals The galley is equipped with a 3-burner propane stove with
oven, a double sink with hot/cold fresh water and salt water; a large refrigerator/
freezer; and our latest addition...a portable ice-maker. On the aft rail is a Magma
propane gas grill. Meals aboard Southern Belle typically have a Cajun/Creole flair
from our Louisiana roots.
Power 12V and 110V power is supported by eight 12V batteries – two for engine
starting, six for the house bank. Power is supplied to the batteries by two 110-watt
solar panels, an Air-X Marine wind generator, a 2 KW generator; and/or the diesel
engines, as needed. The 110v capability is provided by a 2000 watt
Navigation/Propulsion Southern Belle is a sloop-rigged catamaran with a 130
genoa equipped with Profurl roller furling, a mainsail with 3 reefs, and a spinnaker.
Auxillary propulsion is provided by two 27 HP Yanmar diesel engines capable of
moving the boat at about 7.5 knots. The fuel capacity is 100 gallons.
An Autohelm ST6000 autopilot assists with driving duties. Navigation support is
provided by a Garmin 2010C GPS Chartplotter and Furuno 24-mile Radar along
with the usual boat speed/windspeed/compass instruments.
Communication We have a marine single side band radio (ICOM M710) for long-
range communications equipped with a Pactor modem for receiving/sending e-
mail and weather information and a VHF radio for short range boat-to-boat
communications. We also have an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio
beacon) should the unthinkable occur and we need to call for emergency
Entertainment Flat screen TV with DVD, DVD library, stereo, guitars, other
assorted musical instruments, a roomful of toys and games, kayaks, snorkel
equipment, surfboard, and the world fulfill our entertainment needs. In addition, to
move about anchorages we have a 11-ft inflatable dinghy equipped with a 20hp 4-
|Relax on the
|Comfort and Privacy
in the Double Bed
Southern Belle sailing under spinnaker
Southern Belle comfortable in a
quiet anchorage, Panama
Southern Belle is a 42-foot Fontaine Pajot, Venezia catamaran sailboat,
well maintained and fully equipped for an island cruise, Southern Belle is
owned and operated by George and Melinda Salley, both environmental
geologists who sailed it from California 8 years ago to explore the Americas.
About Southern Belle