Fresh Water Tanks: (220 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 6
The Sou'wester 51 is a capable bluewater cruising yacht, with a powerful yet easily-handled rig, appropriately sized to drive an amenity-filled boat easily throughout the whole range of wind and sea conditions. In the words of Bob Hinckley, who cruised and raced his Sou'wester 51 Night Train extensively from Maine to the Exumas, "She's the right size boat, with enough waterline and stiffness to power through a seaway, yet not so big that she can't be handled by a cruising couple." The very same design elements needed to yield a fine offshore boat - moderate waterline, graceful overhangs, efficient underwater foils, a balanced sail plan - also make the 51 a formidable opponent in IMS and PHRF competition. Even without the enhancements offered by the Competition version, the Sou'wester 51 shows impressive acceleration, responsiveness and speed on all points of sail.