Theres not much to like about this vessel

outboard 3 to 6 hp 35%

not specified by marketer

Coastline Marine and others

1990-1997

portable

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

outboard 3 to 6 hp 35%

Designer: Builder:

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

not specified by marketer

Coastline Marine and others

1990-1997

portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,500 lbs.

We have never liked the Sovereign series of boats. We think that as new boats they were grossly overpriced (particularly near the end of their production runs); they were poor sailers relative to their comps; and their marketers made wild claims. Example from a brochure on the Sovereign 20 Mk II in 1997, when the company was about to close: "The 20 Mk II is . . . probably the best mini-cruiser available today." A quick look at the specs below shows that except for her two-foot fixed keel, which effectively ruins whatever upwind sailing performance she might otherwise have had, she is very similar in size and weight to her comps—all of which sail better than she does, are easier to handle at a launching ramp, and cost a lot less to buy when new. Best features: When new, the Sovereign topsides finish was usually above average in smoothness and gloss. Worst features: Her 1997 price was a whopping $24,995 FOB Port Richey, FL. A fair price for that year's market? We'd say $11,000 new, sailaway. Her Space Index is lowest in her group. And her rudder hangs below the protection of her shallow keel.

Comps LOD Beam MinDr Displ Bllst

Hunter 20

19'

8"

7'

6"

1'

3"

1,700

400

Sovereign 20

20'

0"

7'

2"

2'

0"

1,700

600

Hunter 212 (21)

21'

0"

8'

2"

0'

10"

1,800

135

Aquarius 21

21'

0"

7'

10"

1'

0"

1,900

665

Spirit 6.5 (21)

21'

3"

7'

10"

1'

8"

2,100

550

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

19.1

204

276

5.3

10.5

258

5

4' 2"

21.2

154

NA

5.5

10.6

237

4

4' 2"

23.0

138

216

5.7

8.7

329

4

4' 4"

18.9

140

273

5.7

9.9

300

4

4' 6"

19.1

142

261

5.8

10.7

334

4 to 5

4' 4"

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