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Sovereign 28
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Description: Sovereign 28
Keywords: Sovereign 28
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon April 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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BMW Marine Disel D12 very hard to get parts for. Had to rebuild heads. Had to order parts form N.J & Cal. had to order specs from Germany and hand deliver to machine shop.
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wallywombat
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Registered: February 2009
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Review Date: Fri September 18, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Big legal-trailer boat, room despite 8'4" beam, shallow draft
Cons: tiny salon, center cockit is high so difficult to dock and tender in breeze

I purchased my S-28 as a bare hull after Sovereign went out of business (thanks luxury tax). It came with the hull and deck sealed, with a liner glassed in, and lead keel and Yanmar installed. I installed bulkheads, cabinetry, steering, electrics, plumbing and all fittings. It is rigged as a 140% sloop, with a detachable inner forestay to rig an inner self-tacking staysail or storm sail.
Accommodations from aft, a double berth; engine room, storage locker, and chart table midships under the center cockpit. Galley and head adjacent to companionway, tiny salon, and two berths in the bow, open to salon, and anchor locker. The salon is too small, because of the 8'4" beam. Incidentally, chainplates are bolted through the hull sides and a 2" dia. ss tube supports the mast.
As a bare hull, I spent plenty of construction time, glassing and bolting at 4" centers on the hull-deck joint, glassing in all bulkheads and other ply components, soldering every wire, plus finishing the cherry interior. I put in as much mechanical complexity as I wanted, 110 and 12 v systems, water heater, refrig, etc. I probably over did it, but it makes for a comfortable yacht.
Sailing over 19 years, mostly on a lake in Indiana and the ICW, the S-28 generally performs pretty well. It is a bit tender (it's a 3/4 keel that draws 3'4" with high topsides. It's never been in a sea bigger than a few feet, but it handled that very well. Probably safe to cross to the Bahamas but I would want to go any further off shore.
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