I am so pleased with the boat, beautiful lines, practical lay out...except for the poor carry handle position fore and aft. This may well be the last boat I buy, robust, graceful and pretty. Off to do some exploring of the Gower along with a spot of fishing this weekend! Hoping to see like minded local explorers while I'm there.
I sold the above on Ebay and I am really excited to say that I picked up a Sovereign with custom green deck, almost immaculate condition (no scrapes) all lines as new...the owner threw in some extras...Yak cag, bilge pump (new) palm spray deck, rescue throw line, and....a new pair of carbon Lendal Nordkapp cranks...I paid a total of £400! I think the boat was £1800 when made. Sorry to gloat but I am really pleased and told my wife that this will be my last boat...I don't need any other. My only regret....I can't get it all in my shed and have to leave two foot sticking out!!!
I am planning a trip to Oxwich bay before autumn comes, hope to catch some bass and cook them up on the beach. We caught plaice and gurnard last time...a real treat.
My version has the glass hatches, I would not swap these for the more common rubber hatches, as they have far better access do NOT leak (I added a layer of neoprene under the hatches to improve the seal) Well made! Get one; stand out from the crowd - they are also pretty
However, the toggle fixing is a disaster as they are tied to the end recessed deck line fittings. These offer little strength and more importantly are too far inboard for easy rescues or safe handling in surf if you are forced to swim. In these instances the toggles need to be right at the end of the boat so that they are accessible and, when swimming with the boat in surf, allow the boat to rotate without causing the swimmer injury. The lay up is too light to simply drill the ends of the hull and reposition the toggles.
The light lay up is great in most circumstances, but may prove to be just too light for safety in some circumstances.
On balance a 9 out of 10, because of that sweet, vice free handling.