A product of a company that has left no trace

Sovereign Sailboat

17' 0" 18' 0" 14' 6" 1' 10" 24' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 40%

not specified

Sovereign America, Inc.

1980-1994?

portable portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

17' 0" 18' 0" 14' 6" 1' 10" 24' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 40%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

not specified

Sovereign America, Inc.

1980-1994?

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,950 lbs.

I still remember meeting Sovereign's sales rep at a boat show in the 1980s, and getting a complete brush-off for asking questions like "Who designed her?" I'm still puzzled by that salesman's unhelpful responses, but even today, the company's secrets, if any, are safe; the firm seems to have disappeared without a trace. This model started out as the "17" with an LOA of 17' 0", a small V-berth, and two quarter berths. Then without changing the hull, the builders added a plank anchor sprit, removed one of the quarter berths, and called her an "18." Best features: Shallow draft is good for exploring shoal waters. She's trailerable (approximate towing weight is just under 2,000 lbs.), and short enough to fit into a standard sized garage. Self-bailing cockpit is deep and comfortable. Worst features: The Sovereign 5.0's V-berth has less than six feet of usable length because of its narrow foot end—good for small kids but not adults. There's only one quarter berth in most versions, so we suppose that makes her a boat for single moms or dads. Her rig is undersized for winds below about eight knots, so she'll need a small outboard to get her home in most typical harbor conditions. When the wind does pipe up, she will slide off considerably on close reaches and beats to windward due to her very shallow keel and absence of a centerboard. The shorter Capri 16, a comp, could sail rings around her.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Capri 16 (17)

16' 6"

6' 11"

2' 5"

1,350

425

18.1

162

NA

5.3

9.7

198

2

3' 6"

Sovereign 5.0/18 (17)

17' 0"

7' 0"

1' 10"

1,350

540

18.1

198

NA

5.1

10.0

197

1 + kids

4' 0"

Cornish Crabber 17

17' 0"

6' 9"

1' 7"

1,450

50

22.2

158

NA

5.4

10.2

211

2

4' 3"

Silhouette 17

17' 3"

6' 7"

2' 1"

1,500

550

20.1

244

NA

5.0

12.5

167

2 to 4

3' 8"

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