Modifying a Sovereign….!!

hitched upI find the new Sovereign trailer fantastic.  I have made a few mod’s but out of the box (or container in my case) I have been very happy with it.  I am used to a Shand trailer made here in Victoria. It was certainly a more heavily built trailer, but hindsight would suggest over built.  It was heavy to wheel around by myself in the yacht club yard, it always required a rear prop to stop it tipping if I was in it and from memory had quite a bit downward load on the towball, but it did tow well.

natty waterlinenew trailer stepsMy new Sovereign balances beautifully.  Its tow ball weight, while seeming light, proves ideal when towing.  To this point I haven’t felt the need for a rear prop while un-hitched when I may be in the boat.  I am currently building a stainless keel clamp to do away with the two blue webbing straps as seen in the attached photo.

Apart from thinking to myself, “those yellow mudguards have to go!”, the first thing I did mudguards in bluewas order & fit some alloy checker plate side step extensions.  When wet, those as supplied are ideal to slip off and skin your shin’s.  The next was to order a blue mesh trailer bag.  I also have a stainless keel clamp on the go to replace the two heavy blue webbing tie down straps.

David Williamson

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(Take a close look at that double waterline …..  I’m a big fan of double wateriness, I admit …. but if you look closely, I think the top colour is chrome!!  Must find out how David did that !! – Ed.) 

Sovereign Trailer Comparisons…..

Many thanks for all the information and photos on the new Sovereign trailer which looks to be a well designed piece of kit with lots of interesting details.

I have an ‘old style’ Sovereign trailer and comparing it with the new one there are a couple of points which I would be interested in further information.

Firstly the keel rollers (great idea) have displaced the loops for the ratchet strap much further out, so will this mean the angle of the strap is now too shallow to get a good downward pull to lock the keel in place? I like to strap the keel rather than the boat so as not to put pressure on the hull.

Secondly, my trailer is very nose heavy, placing a lot of load on the ball hitch. Whilst some load is necessary for good towing stability, I wonder if the new design is a bit better balanced with a more moderate load on the jockey wheel and ball hitch whilst retaining enough weight to stop the boat tipping up when launching down a steep ramp?

Graham Lamond

EU Trailer – First Look….!!

Have you seen one of the new EU Compliant trailers yet??  I must admit I haven’t as we haven’t had a brand new boat at the Club since they came out.

By great good fortune, David Williamson has kindly sent over a few photos that we shall publish in the coming days for you to take a look.  David lives in Victoria, Australia – and has just taken delivery of the sister Ovington hull constructed at the same time as Graham Vials’ god-like boat !!

You may be wondering how come David needs a UK trailer??  Well, firstly I might say that my daughter lives in Melbourne and does most of her shopping (which is a lot, obviously…) online and has it shipped out there – because the Australia dollar is so strong, it’s cheaper to do that !!  Secondly, the new boat has to be delivered on something, I guess  !!!

We’ll publish the main photo here and look at detail in the days to come.  At first glance, I’d say that it looks like Sovereign have made a nice job of the design.

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