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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details.

Sovereign 40

Brief Notes


Western Approaches Yachts, Dartmouth

The Sovereign 40 was a larger development of the sucessful Sovereign 32, designed by Ian Anderson. She is a serious long-distance cruising yacht, with a very high standard of fit-out and finish. The photographs here are of the deck saloon version of this yacht - others were built with a conventional coachroof.

Length OA

40' 0"

Sail Area

982 sq ft (main, genoa & staysail)

Length WL

32' 0"




12' 10"




5' 6"




9.7 tons

Engine type



3.9 tons

Engine bhp

approx 60

Keel type

Fin & skeg

The Sovereign range were built in Dartmouth by Western Approaches yachts, which later became Sovereign Yachts. The design brief for the Sovereign 40 deck saloon was ".... to be a fast cruising vessel with classic good looks but with modern beam/length ratio, providing accommodation in three separate sleeping cabins without using the saloon". The yacht has a long fin keel, with bulbed foot carrying lead ballast, and a skeg-supported semi-balanced spade rudder.

Cutaway drawing showing standard boat. The yacht shown here has minor differences in fit-out, but the overall layout is very similar.

Sovereign yachts were built to an extremely high standard, with the interiors normally custom built to owners specifications. The interior has the galley deliberately placed as near as possible to the yachts roll centre, to minimise motion at sea. The deck saloon gives a very light and airy feel to the interior, and there is an interior steering position with engine controls and steering via a joystick.

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The hulls are moulded to Lloyds scantling rules, with isopthalic resins and the first layers of glass being powder bound mat, to reduce the possibility of osmosis problems. The hull is a solid GRP moulding, with an exceptionally fair finish. End-grain balsa sandwich is used in the deck, with ply pads where fittings are attached. Most yachts had laid teak decks, 10mm thick, bonded onto Sikaflex.

The saloon has a seating area to starboard, with a very clever arrangement whereby the full-sized table can be raised to the deckhead, leaving a smaller 'coffee table' in situ. To port is a very large chart table

Below: Forward on the port side is a step down to the galley, located near the centre of the bopat to minimise motion at sea.

A two-berth cabin is adjacent to the galley, with a forward heads shared between this and the forecabin. A second heads is en-suite with the aft cabin

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