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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.

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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.
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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
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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
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.
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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.

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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/sovdesign/photos/album/1855660590/pic/list
though I'm not sure if one can access it without joining the SOVDESIGN group

Best of luck,
Ted
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.

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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.....
 

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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?

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

 

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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)....
 

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Soverel specs

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)
 

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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.
 

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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.


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.
 

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Soverel 30 picture

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?

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.
 

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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.

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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
 
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