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Re: Sovereign 28
Do not or never have owned one but, best friend has one that he put on a small sailing lake in central Pennsylvania and then took it to the Chesapeake Bay. While this boat was at the lake a fellow sailor, whom is a big guy, searched till he found one and brought it to the lake, he said it fit him much better than the 25 foot Catalina he had.
The hull measures 28 feet, but with the bow spirit it really is a 30 foot boat. It has 6 foot 2 standing head room though out. Shoal draft of only 3.5 feet is a great boat for the Chesapeake Bay. They only made about 30 of them and is not a S2 hull!
On the lake it sailed like a pig because of the variable and shifty winds and with a 150 genoa winching was required in 10 knots of wind, Iím partial because Iím small and sail a Catalina 22 on this lake which I think is the perfect size for this lake and the conditions.
Once the hull was faired and figured out how to sail it, both boats worked out well for the owners.
At the Bay, this is a great boat, it looks like a pig but, sails very well in moderate winds and chop. I remember one day when the wind was about 12 to 14 knots and chop, we sailed on a broad reach for over 1/2 hour without touching the helm and on the way back to the marina was on a beat in higher winds with a reefed Genoa, did not touch the helm for 15 minutes.
Very well built with lots of big boat stuff, needs a large vehicle for towing because itís over 9000 lbs. with trailer and is just low enough to past under low bridges at 12 feet.
Photos at captainjohnsadventures.weebly.com