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thinwater 08-30-2008 01:49 PM

How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
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?

daniel9331 10-15-2008 09:58 AM

Congratulations on your new 36. They are wonderful boats. We had ours for nine years but sold her two years ago to a good friend, so we still sail her from time to time. There is a listing of owners of the Soverel 36 on the Soverel 33 website. If you havenít already, go there and connect with Dave B. Then you will be connected with all known owners of the 36. Good luck.

richardinhingham 11-24-2008 12:31 PM

I am a Soverel 28 owner. There is a terrific batch of information for the Soverel 30 --the EARLY version---available at Hoofer Sailing - Spray: Care and Feeding of Spray

Definitely worth a look. There is a Yahoo Group for Soverel information, and it is slowly growing and adding information on Soverel's throughout the country.

Is your 36 the Mark I (Bill Soverel design) or the later designs (Mark Soverel).

The early designs appear quite traditional--the later designs look like rocket ships and are ultra lite.

Happy Sailing!

curtdave9 12-02-2008 04:38 AM

chesbay.net/soverel26owners/articles/holes.jsp

Check this article link, its help you to know more details about this boat.

thinwater 12-02-2008 07:04 PM

Thanks to all who have responded, but the deal never closed. I hope the information that has made it here so far serves you guys well. Fair winds!

TW

racadaca 02-01-2009 01:50 PM

what about the soverel 37 ? I need a shoal draft boat. Some of these boats have done away with the centerboard,will they still point?I cant seem to get any reviews on th 37 footer.Help.

Sinuous 02-01-2009 03:39 PM

We just got a Soverel 33-1, don't know much about it yet.

Terrylad 04-12-2009 04:51 PM

Just bought a Soverel 37, 1972, with cbd on ebay. Greatly surprised at how good this boat is built. No leaks. New diesel. Oldy worldy layout, big storage in lockers, solid furniture.

Next, haul/wash/paint and some minor sail and rigging work, then sail her up from Norfolk VA to Jamestown RI. Bahamas for the winter????

soverelketch 05-14-2009 01:09 PM

I am new to sailing.My first sailboat is a soverel 37 ketch. After a short trip around the bay with i friend i went out in the gulf of Mexico alone and was very surprised(although told it was possible) with being able to easily balance the rig,lock the wheel and go into the cabin and grab some food.The next thing that happened was the old worn jib tore and i was forced to lower the sails and motor back.

soverelketch 05-15-2009 10:38 AM

My soverel 37 is a 1970 with the board pinned in the up position. She points past 45% into the wind with the new roller furling jib but with a jib bought from a friend it points even better. I lock the wheel and trim the sails so she goes strait and I am amazed how easily she is sailed.

OPTION 07-28-2009 11:47 AM

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 12:17 PM

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

John

Paradisopr13 09-30-2009 10:06 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 05:19 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 11:16 AM

Quote:

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 09:39 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 06:54 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 08:46 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 11:03 AM

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

OPTION 12-12-2010 09:18 AM

Staysail
 
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

OPTION 12-12-2010 09:26 AM

Rudder
 
Hi

My replacement rudder was made by Idasailor. They made it from scratch. When I pulled OPTION and before I removed the old rudder, I was required to photograph the old rudder from all angles. Then, I removed the old rudder and shipped it and the photos to Idasailor.

The new rudder had all the the angles right so that its relationship to the hull was exactly the same. Idasailor did a fantastic job. Also, the send progress report photos.

Also, I opted to stay with the steel post rudder instead of going the composite route. This I did due to not wanting to change OPTION's phrf and due to the higher cost of composites.

Dave B.

aunueget 03-08-2011 08:43 PM

tpope,
I also have a Soverel 30 Mark III. I'm rebuilding the the DV20 right now. I got a used head for it from England. I was hoping maybe you have some more documentation for the boat, that you would share with me. I don't know if my is suppose to be rigged cutter or not, and would just love to see what the user manual has in it if you have one.
Andrew

tpope 03-09-2011 10:31 PM

maintenance tips
 
I have a 1974 Soverel 30 Mk III, which is an absolutely great boat. She performs well & fast on every point of sail. Two things to check are:

1)the swingkeel cable/shackle and pivot pin --I replaced the quite frayed stainless cable and shackle on our boat this year (the cable was the original one, though it was evident at some point the shackle had been replaced, but not very well.

2) the bottom pivot plate for the rudder, to make sure it is tight and solid. Even though it is not weight bearing (at least on the Mk III model), is is subjected to quite a bit of lateral stresses.

Fair winds,
Ted Pope
S/V Pelican

tpope 03-09-2011 10:43 PM

Soverel 30 documentation
 
Hi Andrew,

Great to hear that you're rebuilding the DV20, and would like to hear how that goes. Mine had a new head gasket 3 years ago, and has the mechanical fuel pump removed, using just an electric one between the tank and the injector pump. No problem with it, except it always seems to take a couple of drops of my outboard gasoline (with 50:1 oil mixture) in the small hole in the air cleaner intake to aid starting if the engine has been sitting for more than a day or so. Otherwise it starts right away, and runs quite smoothly, powerfully. Do you have the manual for the engine? I do, & would be glad to help out with that.

Other documentation I have is the brochure that came with the boat. Its not really a user's guide (which I understand from other people on the YAHOO Soverel discussion group was never really developed), but it does talk about features of the boat, pics, specs, and drawings. I have these in digital form and can send them to you as jpegs or refer you to the YAHOO Soverel group, where I've posted them. Just let me know.

Good luck with the engine,
Ted
Quote:

Originally Posted by aunueget (Post 706785)
tpope,
I also have a Soverel 30 Mark III. I'm rebuilding the the DV20 right now. I got a used head for it from England. I was hoping maybe you have some more documentation for the boat, that you would share with me. I don't know if my is suppose to be rigged cutter or not, and would just love to see what the user manual has in it if you have one.
Andrew


aunueget 03-10-2011 08:45 AM

DV-20 Rebuild
 
Thanks for the response. I'm trying to join those yahoo groups you posted to. I have the dv-20 manual found it online. We printed out the manual to a 3 ring binder and we are using it to put the motor back together. Going to be working on it this weekend maybe I'll will post a few shots. Thanks for the info about starting it and the electric pump. Hope to see the brochure. I think my setup must be cutter too becaus the mast position and smaller main sail.

Andrew

aunueget 03-10-2011 08:46 AM

Here is a photo of the boat, motor, and me when we were pulling the Buhk DV-20.

http://173.45.230.226/drew/buhkPull.jpg

Andrew

tpope 03-11-2011 03:25 PM

Hi Andrew,
Enjoyed much the photo of your taking out the DV-20 of your Soverel 30. It looks just like our motor.

The Soverel group on Yahoo I have been following for the past couple of years is t he SOVDESIGN group. Its good because there are a couple of people in it that worked with Bill & Mark Soverel where the boats were made, and they know many details that are otherwise undocumented. The link is

sovdesign : Soverel Design

If you join this group, on its home page you'll notice at the left hand side of the page a series of links. Do add your Soverel to the "Database" link. I'd created a Soverel 30 list but there are only 3 of us in it so far. Too check out the "Photo" link, especially the Soverel 30 item posted by mtlioness (my wife's username on this site) It has the pages of the brochure that originally came with our boat. If you have trouble accessing this, just let me know and I'll send you directly those photos. Or you might try going directly to the photo link

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sovdes...60590/pic/list
though I'm not sure if one can access it without joining the SOVDESIGN group

Best of luck,
Ted
Quote:

Originally Posted by aunueget (Post 707330)
Thanks for the response. I'm trying to join those yahoo groups you posted to. I have the dv-20 manual found it online. We printed out the manual to a 3 ring binder and we are using it to put the motor back together. Going to be working on it this weekend maybe I'll will post a few shots. Thanks for the info about starting it and the electric pump. Hope to see the brochure. I think my setup must be cutter too becaus the mast position and smaller main s ail.

Andrew


Anomaly 03-22-2011 11:01 PM

Hello All,

Just found this thread and thought I'd chime in: Last summer, I purchased a 1970 Soverel 33-1 (the Bill Soverel cruising version) and sailed her from the west coast of Florida to Rhode Island. I just signed up for the Yahoo group and look forward to learning more about these boats. I have owned many boats but nothing quite like a Soverel.....

Anomaly 03-22-2011 11:07 PM

Forgot, here's a photo (on the Dismal Swamp Canal on the trip up to RI last summer):

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/IMG_8138.jpg

tpope 03-23-2011 12:01 AM

Soverel 33 & 30 look similar
 
Anomaly, glad to hear you have a Soverel 33. From the photo it looks so much like my Soverel 30 Mark III (Bill Soverel, cruising version, cutter rig).
Does your boat have a tiller or a wheel?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anomaly (Post 711906)
Forgot, here's a photo (on the Dismal Swamp Canal on the trip up to RI last summer):

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...n/IMG_8138.jpg


Anomaly 03-23-2011 12:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tpope (Post 711922)
Anomaly, glad to hear you have a Soverel 33. From the photo it looks so much like my Soverel 30 Mark III (Bill Soverel, cruising version, cutter rig).
Does your boat have a tiller or a wheel?

Wheel (at the moment). It appears to be a conversion (from the original tiller) and I plan on converting back to tiller.

I wonder about the cutter rig--- I have a bail on the mast in about the right location and a deck fitting aft of the bowsprit but no sign of running backstays so I'm not sure if mine was cutter rigged originally or not. I do know that my sail plan/rig dimensions do not match what is listed on the Soverel 33 site (the table for "other" Soverel designs)....

tpope 03-23-2011 11:44 AM

Soverel specs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anomaly (Post 711931)
Wheel (at the moment). It appears to be a conversion (from the original tiller) and I plan on converting back to tiller.

I wonder about the cutter rig--- I have a bail on the mast in about the right location and a deck fitting aft of the bowsprit but no sign of running backstays so I'm not sure if mine was cutter rigged originally or not. I do know that my sail plan/rig dimensions do not match what is listed on the Soverel 33 site (the table for "other" Soverel designs)....

Even though our Soverel 30 was originally rigged as a cutter & we have all the standing rigging, some years ago, before we bought it, she started being used as just a sloop with a Hood roller furling unit, jibs, genoas. This works well for us, as it frees us the foredeck space to carry a dinghy. Interesting regarding the listed specifications, as our boat too does not match exactly the Soverel database which I want to correct. It shows that our boat would have been built later than 1974, though all the documentation we got with her indicates that she is a 1974 Soverel 30 Mk III. We do have a letter from Bill Soverel to the original owner confirming the hull number, so I should be able to clarify the discrepancies in the what years cutters/sloops, fixed/swing keels, & Bill/Mark Soverel designs were built.

I'm leaving this afternoon for a week cruise with two friends from San Carlos Mexico across the Sea of Cortez to Santa Rosalia and Conception Bay (Bahia de Concepcion)

Graywolf77 03-28-2011 09:24 AM

Just buying a 1974 Soverel 30 MkIII. Any opinions or information out there would be appreciated. All I have read so far seems to point to the older Soverel models being good sturdy boats. My intention is to cruise out of Galveston Bay and back down to Venezuela. By the way she is sloop rigged and this seems to be the way she came when new.

tpope 03-28-2011 07:23 PM

Also have a Soverel 30
 
I've owned our 1974 Soverel 30 Mk III for 3 years now, and in every respect I really like it, and respect very much the integrity of the design and construction. Very comfortable, safe, fast cruiser. Ours is the cutter version (even tho' now we rig her as a sloop), with shoal draft (3-1/2 ft) and a swing keel, and a Bukh (Westerbeke) 20 hp diesel motor. We cruise the Sea of Cortez, but I would have no hesitation in terms of the boat's design to go on the journey you propose. Other than the standard cruise preparations, two things I would check are: the rudder bearing plate (at the bottom of the rudder), to make sure it is tight; and the swing keel cable, pivot pin, and shackle, to make sure they are in good condition.

If you give me an email address I'll send you pics of our Soverel, since I can't post easily pics from this forum.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Graywolf77 (Post 713698)
Just buying a 1974 Soverel 30 MkIII. Any opinions or information out there would be appreciated. All I have read so far seems to point to the older Soverel models being good sturdy boats. My intention is to cruise out of Galveston Bay and back down to Venezuela. By the way she is sloop rigged and this seems to be the way she came when new.


tpope 03-28-2011 07:38 PM

Soverel 30 picture
 
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Figured out how to attach a scaled down
picture of our "Pelican", a 1974 Soverel Mk III, sailing off San Carlos/Guaymas, Mexico. Does this look like the one you're buying?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Graywolf77 (Post 713698)
Just buying a 1974 Soverel 30 MkIII. Any opinions or information out there would be appreciated. All I have read so far seems to point to the older Soverel models being good sturdy boats. My intention is to cruise out of Galveston Bay and back down to Venezuela. By the way she is sloop rigged and this seems to be the way she came when new.


Graywolf77 03-29-2011 04:39 AM

Thank you for the information, she looks almost like the same boat.

Graywolf77 03-29-2011 04:40 AM

My email is [email protected]

Graywolf77 03-29-2011 11:28 AM

That is her. I like the idea of converting to a roller furling for the Jib. Any thoughts? It seems easier to handle for solo sailing. Also, I am trying to join the Soverel Group you recommended ealier in this forum only because you mentioned drawings! Any layout drawings or other information you would mind sharing by email would be great. Though she is in good shape, I will be doing some wiring, plumbing and cosmetic work (I am a qaulified marine electrician).
As far as the purchase, she will be mine April 25th, that is when I return to the CONUS to close the deal. I am excited and look forward to getting her out from the pier. Great photo by the way, gets one's blood flowing...Thanks so much for the information you have posted, it is informative and a bit inspiring.

Artie
[email protected]

Anomaly 04-03-2011 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Graywolf77 (Post 714255)
Also, I am trying to join the Soverel Group you recommended ealier in this forum ]

I am trying to join too and have not heard back (been over a week) from whomever it is that has to "approve" requests to join. Anybody know anything about this process?

Thanks

Graywolf77 04-10-2011 10:51 AM

No response to my request to join either, maybe we could start our own.

Graywolf77 05-18-2011 12:53 PM

Soverel's
 
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I finally bought my boat. Now just need to teach myself to sail her.

tpope 05-19-2011 12:33 PM

Beautiful boat, same lines as our "Pelican". Do you have the Westerbeke Pilot 20 diesel for an auxiliary?

Graywolf77 05-19-2011 01:39 PM

Same Lines
 
She is pretty much the same boat. She handles well, so far. I am hoping that once she is trimmed out, she will make an easier solo sailor's boat. The diesel is the a Westerbek.

I do have some small issues, the fuel tank is out of service due to a leak when it is full. I think this is due to a rusting sensor, but need to solve that. The other is the cable for the keel board, which you told me about. It is made of galvenized wire, going to change it out to stainless once I am back. Other than that she is a great boat. A true cruiser in a small package.

OPTION 11-16-2011 08:44 AM

Hi

I have not visited Sailnet for almost a year but am glad to be back. I am the owner of OPTION, a Mark Soverel designed Soverel 36 with a fin keel.

You will find that the fin keel version sails extremely close to the wind and, for a displacement hull, is excellent in light winds. So, notwithstanding all of his achievements, the fin keel Soverel 36 may be the best of all of Mark Soverel's designs. It is sad that his life ended so prematurely.

Things to look for on the fin keeled Soverel 36 which are things I had to address on OPTION - all probably due to age - are: 1) the rudder which may be water logged and in need of repair or replacement; 2) the steering quadrant may be corroded and shot, and in need of replacement; 3) the steering assembly including cable, chains and pulleys may be shot and in need of replacement; 4) the windows, a/k/a/ lights, may be in need of replacement; 5) a number of the cheek blocks on deck and on the traveler may be in need of replacement; and 6) the clutches may be shot and in need of replacememt. As an addition, asymmetrical spinnakers attached to the bow or using a spinnaker pole work well.

OPTION and Moody Blue may be the only Mark Soverel designed Soverel 36s that have not, as of today, been modified. I am aware of all but three (3) of the seven (7) fin keel boats.

With her almost new Quantum sails, OPTION is undefeated in 2010 and 2011 local PHRF events. The largest regatta she has competed in is known as the Spirit Rider Regatta. It is is an ocean race that held off the beaches of Long Beach, New York which is a Long Island community. (The O'Keefe Foundation,Inc.) Her competition included two (2) Soverel 33s and other boats some of which were crewed by Navy, Army and Fordham. OPTION won overall both in 2010 and 2011 with the fastest overall time and, in 2011, beat the 2nd place Soverel 33 by a little more than a mile. She also won the Spirit Rider Regatta in 2006, with old sails, on PHRF.

The Around Long Island was considered for 2011 but the idea was scrapped due to numerous maintenance issues. Now with an AIS receiving radio installed, along with all of last year's maintenance issues having been resolved, she is fit to look at the 2012 Around Long Island. That decision will be made in March subject to having sufficient crew.

richardinhingham 11-26-2011 09:15 AM

Wow!

Great to hear of all of these Soverels still sailing and sailing well. I raced my 28 this past year for the first time, and she was just fine but I was TERRIBLE in the Great Chase Race at Hull Yacht Club.

The early Soverels and the later Soverels all look so different--from the "traditional" lines of the 28's and older 30's and 33's to the rocket ship lines of Mark Soverel's designs. Great boats all!

I have a bunch of videos of my boat, a MORC II version (huge cockpit, very small cabin) sailing in some great winds this past year. THE INCIDENT Oct 16, 2011 Video 1 - YouTube

Capt.aaron 12-14-2011 02:20 PM

My Grandfather bought his 1965 Soverel 28 in 1978. I grew up sailing with him in the Bahama's and the Fla. key's. In 1991, I single handled it to Belize. I left out of Key Largo, Bay side, and sailed non-stop to Isla Mujeres, rounding the dry tortugas on the north side before heading south. For two Day's in Crossing the Fla. Straight's I had a rare 20 knt. S.W. wind. In the Yucatan Channel the wind started bang'n out of the North, pushing waves up to 20 ft. Point being, on the nose or off my quarter the boat handled like a champ. 15 years ago I took out the engine, did away with the spade rudder and hung one on the stern, and have sailed it up and down the key's, thruogh creek's, draw bridges and all over the Yucatan Penninsula/ Western Carib. That boat is a CHAMPION!!! All point's, light or Heavy, I've alway's been able to put her where I want her. Anyone has questions about the older Soverel's. I've owned mine for 22 years and Been sailing/ living on her for 33.

Capt.aaron 12-15-2011 02:35 PM

That boat will teach you how to sail her. Great boat to learn on. Great boat all around.

antonross 02-28-2012 05:24 PM

Soverel 36-2 #6, Meridian, is still in action and living in the Downtown Beaufort Marina.

I'm her captain, as well as a live aboard. LOVE her. I'll post more about Meridian, as time permits. Just wanted to quickly jump in and say HI, and wave at Option's captain!

Fair winds and following seas...
Anton Ross
S/V Meridian
Beaufort, SC

Graywolf77 12-09-2012 05:04 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Finally, the work on Prana has begun, a 1974 Soverel 30 MKIII. New cushions, new engine on the way. Next, rewire, new lighting, plumbing modifications then standing rgging and sails upgraded.
.

During the rewire I want to add new LED lighting, but keep the traditional looking brass fixtures. She has that "older boat" look in the cabin with a lot of wood. Any Ideas on the best lights for these dark boats?

I also want to replace the portlights with stainless or brass. Has anyone done this and could you suggest a brand name?

Thanks for all the advice I have received on this forum. I had three boats in mind when I came across this one. After some input from you folks and a day sail on her, I took a closer look at them all and chose the Soverel. She is a great boat.

Graywolf77 03-07-2013 01:05 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Engine compartment insulated, rewired, new lights and BETA engine installed, bottom job, all done.

Graywolf77 03-07-2013 05:04 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Replaced the tube, cable and wench for the swing keel. All stainless now.

WesR 03-20-2013 09:44 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Hello I just bought a Soverel 35 last year. I purchased her on the west coast of Florida and sailed her to the east coast via the Okeechobee Water Way and got to experience doing the Okeechobee Limbo. She is now docked in Stuart Florida where I am in the process of cleaning her up a bit and doing some repairs with the hopes of spending sometime on the water this summer. :-)

Graywolf77 06-26-2013 12:52 PM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Did you get her on the water?

WesR 09-13-2013 05:49 PM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
She is in the water but one thing lead to another and my cleaning her up and a few repairs seemed to expand a little. We have stripped, sanded and clear coated all the interior teak. Installed new fridge and replaced the head and galley counter tops with Corion and under mount sinks with new faucets. Hatches and companionway have new glass installed and all interior cushions are being recovered. Next is a coat of cabin paint followed by painting the topside if this rainy weather will give me a break. Then we will be installing the new stanchions and bow pulpit.

We are really getting to know Osprey and enjoying making her beautiful again. I did tell my wife we need to draw a line and get out sailing but I donít think that will happen until next summer. :)

Diversailer 10-31-2013 05:39 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
I have a Soverel 37 Sloop, 1972... new to me.. 500 hours on the Westerbeke 4-107, it is still very strong! Looking for a rebuildable engine water pump... and any other engine parts.. New is nice, but as a mechanic.... I can often make a POS hummm....
Working on bringing this one back to life... Sails great!

Exterior teak is trashed after 41 years in the Florida sun... looking to replace it all with composite plastic wood/recycled plastic.. doing some testing on several products. Any ideas?? Not interested in exterior real teak anymore...rather sail...

Center board was broken off and sank deep into the mud in the mooring... (had sat for better than 15 years) finally found it, raised it with a 55gal barrel of air.. it was about 400-500 lbs.. nut buster to get it out to the shop... will restore and replace.
Ditto with "wonderful boats" but truly a labor of love...
R
Ed

WesR 03-09-2014 11:47 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Talked the wife into a new electric windlass and if all goes good I will be looking for a new home for my Seatiger 555.

[email protected] 06-22-2016 11:38 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Does anyone know the bridge clearance height for a Soverel 37 ketch?

TedBaker 01-07-2017 10:44 AM

Re: How 'bout it? Any Soverel owners?
 
Is your boat a ketch, or a sloop? I'm looking at a Soverel 37 for sale, in sloop configuration, but the only data I find on sailboatdata.com for the S37 is for a ketch rig. If they were factory built as sloops also, that would be reassuring to find out. However, I'm wary if the one for sail simply had the mizzen rigging removed.

I'm having trouble finding information about this boat on the Web, so any other advice would be appreciated, such as generic weak points of this model that are likely to need repair/replacement, to check when buying a boat.


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