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Sovereign ketch

(REF: 17921)


  • Designer: Holman Kim
  • Builder: Uphams, Brixham
  • Year: 1971
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 31'6"
  • Beam: 9'5"
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Sovereign ketch.                                                                                                                                                                                      UK Regd.


Designed by Kim Holman, built by his brother Jack at his Uphams Yard, Brixham in 1971, believed to be the last of the Sovereign ketches.

A very well built boat, good quality detail, excellent materials and very nicely presented.


Long keel, over-hanging transom stern. Good freeboard with avery sweet sheer.

Planked in iroko all copper fastened to steam bent rock elm timbers.

Long external iron keel, galv mild steel keel bolts checked in the last 5 years through heavy oak floors, no iron in the bilge.

Ply deck, sheathed and painted between deep, varnished teak toe rails all exceptionally clear and clutter-free allowing easy movement around the deck.

Varnished teak coach-roof coamings, raised to a dog-house aft, 2 fixed windows each side and 2 windows each side in the dog-house, al in chromed bezels.

Modern fore hatch on a varnished teak coaming on the fwd end of the coach-roof, varnished teak grab rails each side. Cover protects varnish.

Sliding hatch in a garage and twin doors to the cabin entrance all in varnished teak.

Chromed deck cleats and fair leads fore and aft. Smart s/s pull-pit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard rails.

Nav lights on the pull-pit and mast head. S/s stemhead fitting with single chain roller and fore stay attachment.

Very comfortable, self draining cock-pit with deep varnished teak coamings giving excellent back support, and security.

Good, wrap-around spray-hood on s/s hoops adds to the comfort of this excellent cock-pit. Scrubbed teak seat lockers and bridge deck, slatted teak sole boards.

Steel fuel tank each side in the lockers, sealed gas bottle compartment in the fwd end of the port locker with a manual bilge pump, the handle access from the cock-pit well.

Drains in the corners of the seats, deep drains around the locker lids and reinforcing under the lids all indicate good quality workmanship.


Bermudian ketch rig on gold anodised aluminium masts, the main stepped in a galv steel tabernacle on the coach-roof, the mizzen stepped on the cock-pit sole.

Stainless steel rigging, all replaced in 2004 with Norseman terminals to internal s/s chain plates.

Single spreaders, twin lowers and cap shrouds to the main with twin standing back-stays.

Twin lowers and cap shrouds to the mizzen with running back-stays on Highfield levers to take the strains of a mizzen staysail.

Pole track on the front of the mast.

Rotostay roller headsail, captive line roller winch on the aft deck.

Slab reef main boom with kicker on tackle sheeted to a s/s horse over the coach-roof.

Alloy mizzen boom sheeted to the push-pit with jamming cleat on the lower block.

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Pair of Lewmar bottom action sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.

Pair of tufnol winches on the main mast.

Single Lewmar on the mizzen. Recent sheets and halyards.



Mainsail, mizzen and genoa all by McKillop Sails, Kingsbridge in 2004 in Stack-Pack system sails covers, both slab reefed.

Older cruising chute and mizzen staysail.

Nice canvas work including spray-hood and cock-pit cover, sail and hatch covers all in dark blue canvas


Perkins 4107 4-cyl 35hp 1971 diesel. TMP single lever controlled gear-box to centre line 2-blade prop gives 6 knts.

20 gall steel fuel tanks, one in each cock-pit locker


12v battery under stbd settee berth on 12v circuits.


4 berths.

V-berths in fore cabin with infill to make a good double berth.

Very attractive, exposed and varnished ship’s sides and teak coamings above.

Chain locker right fwd.

Grab rails on the coamings. Lockers and drawers under the berths. Blind across the overhead fore hatch.


White painted ply bulkhead with teak trim, door to stbd heads compartment, port lockers. The fore cabin door opens to close off the lockers, the heads compartment door open to close off the saloon cabin bulkhead thus creating an athwartships ablutions compartment.

The stbd heads compartment has a Blake seat toilet and fold-up plastic basin which tips and drains into the heads. Hand pump on a shelf under the outboard lockers.

Deep hanging locker to port.


Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths, port settee with trotter box fwd through the bulkhead. Lockers and shelves behind the settees, stowage under, lee cloths and smart upholstery.

Unique, Holman fold-away varnished teak table against the fwd bulkhead.

Part bulkheads to large stbd chart desk, chart stowage and drawers under.


Port galley with smart new, gimballed, 2-burner, grill and oven gas cooker, s/s sink with hand tap,(drains overboard) and insulated deep cool-box under work surface in the back corner.

Stowage for plates and food lockers.

Steps between galley and chart desk over the engine box to the cock-pit.

6’2” head-room under the beams in the saloon.


40 gall s/s fresh water tank under the teak cabin sole.

Removeable cock-pit table.


Compass,                                                                                              Sounder

Log.                                                                                                        Raymarine tiller auto-pilot.

Horse-shoe life buoy                                                                           2  fire extinguishers.

35lb CQR and kedge anchors                                                           Lots of good chain.

Warps and fenders                                                                              Cock-pit and fore hatch covers.

Clock and barometer.


A very smart little ship, a comfortable and easily managed family cruiser with a big sociable cock-pit and a warm cabin.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.