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OPTION 07-28-2009 12:47 PM

What is the serial number of your Soverel 36. I am the keeper of the Soverel 36 Registry and might be able to answer any questions that you have. I own a fixed keel Soverel 36 (by Mark Soverel). Your boat's hull serial number will allow me to identify it as a Mark Soverel 36 or as an earlier Bill Soverel 36. FYI, the Mark Soverel 36, all masthead sloops, was designed to compete in the SORC. The first was Moody Blue and she is till racing in the Great Lakes. There are two versions, fixed keel and centerbpoard. Even though they have identical exterior dimensions they differ in construction and performance.

thinwater 07-28-2009 01:17 PM

It was the earlier version, but the deal never came together. If I see it again, I'll let the forum know.


Paradisopr13 09-30-2009 11:06 AM

Looking for layout info.. Soverel 36.5 Ketch
Hi.. I just the new owner of a 1973 Soverel 36.5 ketch centerboard. I'm looking for the drawings and specifications of the sailboat specially the centerboard to make one for my "Paradiso".. Any info will be appreciated.

silverlining37 08-29-2010 06:19 PM

Ahoy there,

We just got a 1973 Soverel 37 ketch. We have a guy going over her engine and wiring now to be sure everything works and she is a safe boat. We are fixing minor top side leaks and sanding the teak. Sand and paint when it gets cooler. I want to ditch the stove and operate basic galley stuff from an inverter. Our mechanic is helping us with that, too. Also want a 12 V refrigerator rather than an ice box to keep food safe. Since the stove and ice box are being 86'd, I want to re-do the cabinets to use that space. Luckily we have a friend in the cabinet business.

This is a great project because the vessel was not a disaster to start with. When my BF and his brother sailed her from Ft Myers Beach home to Punta Gorda, she was a dream. A 50 foot Hatteras threw a 6 foot wake in the ICW and Silver Lining was rock steady.

I heard a guy say that today's boats have glass as thick as a clorox bottle, and the 70s vessels are rock solid. Sounds like the Soverel is solid and tough.

Sounds like this is a really cool place where folks can talk, share tips and tricks.

Maybe there's a place for before-and-after pictures, and I'll be happy to help anyone.

Nick and Natalie

OPTION 10-04-2010 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by thinwater (Post 360797)
Just got a S-36 for crusing. Any opinions on the best traits and worst traits of these boats? Maintenance tips? Improvements needed and/or made? Let's get started, shall we?

Hi, I believe that we may bave been in touch. I am Dave B., keeper of the Soverel 36 Registry. My Soverel 36 is a racer with a fixed fin keel and not the centerboard. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me directly. I can say that all of my sails are made by the Quantum Design Group and have been very efficient. So, Quantum has all of my measurements and if you need to speak with someone specifically about sails for a Soverel 36, you can call the Quantum loft in Port Washington, NY. Quantum makes racing and cruising sails. In addition, my rudder got waterlogged so I had to replace it. I had to ship it and have a new one made custom because there were no exisiting records that I could find on the rudder. So, if you need a rudder get in touch and I will put you in touch with the folks who fabricated a new rudder for me.
Check your steering mechanism. When I replaced my rudder, I found that the assembly was largely fused by corrosion and had to replace it. You should climb your mast and lubricate all of the wheels as, over the years, they get dirty and stiff.

tpope 10-05-2010 10:39 AM

Its great to have this discussion of the Soverel boats. I own a 1974 Soverel 30 MKIII that is built well and performs superbly. This MKIII has the skeg mounted rudder that extends aft of the stern and the design really does give the boat excellent steering in all conditions. The original Bukh DVM 20 (Westerbeke Pilot 20) diesel, still runs strong. Even though this boat was designed as a cutter, I'm leaving her sloop rigged (with a working jib, 135 and 150 genoas) on a Hood rolller furling unit, mostly to keep the forward deck clear for our dinghy. All in all I think the Soverel is a much under recognized boat, but much valued judging by how few come on the market. A nice Soverel 33 set up for cruising had been put up for sale by its owner in June of this year in San Carlos, and it was sold within 2 months. I sail mostly in the Sea of Cortez, out of Guaymas/San Carlos, Sonora Mexico. Last spring my wife and I spent 5 weeks on our boat exploring from Guaymas to Santa Rosalia on the Baja and the splendid Baja coastline south to La Paz.

silverlining37 11-20-2010 07:54 PM

Hi Soverel owners

We are still at the dock. Every wire has been replaced. New centerboard cable, new batteries, new roller furling. There is a new head. We decided to go 12 v cig lighter power for the galley; truck stops are a great shopping centers for 12 v coffe pots, water boilers, tiny stoves and fry pans, not to mention TV/DVD sets, fans, lights. Also found a decent 12 v refrigerator. Don't pay marine prices!

Any suggestions on the best water filters before we drink the the onboard water?

A SSB radio is SOOOO expensive, but I need news and weather off shore. Any suggestions?

Next goal: solar or wind.....

Good sailing! N & N

tpope 11-29-2010 09:46 PM

SSB radio substitute
I get by very well with just a VHF and a Degen Worldband Radio (with SSB capabilities). We were able to pick up cruiser nets and weather all over the Sea of Cortez. The radio is compact, and costs only about $85. Degen is the brand, and we bought it online from an importer in the U.S.

hellosailor 11-30-2010 12:03 PM

Dave, rudder makers are hard to find. For any boat. Who did yours?

OPTION 12-12-2010 10:18 AM

Do any of you have experience using a Spinnaker Staysail? My Soverel 36, OPTION, has and is rigged for one and I am wondering if her performance can be improved by using it.

I am unfamiliar with the Staysail but would use it if I knew how if it would improve performance.

Right now, OPTION has both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers. So, when considering using the Staysail, is it usable with both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers? And, if so, does it improve performance?

Finally, if the Staysail is an improvement, where - when the Spring arrives -can I get someone to teach my crew and I to use it?

Dave B

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