SOVEREIGN is ideally suited for global open ocean travel, and she is also perfectly suited for a second, or primary home afloat. She is fitted with a complete set of canvases, and does fine standing by outdoors, in any climate, for your next family function, afternoon outing, or extended passages. She has ocean crossing range at full cruise speed. Consumption at a cruise of 8.5-9 knots is only 20 ltrs per hour.
“Malahide trawlers” are a class of vessels built, or completed in Malahide, Ireland. The most sought after of these vessels had their keels laid in either Norway or Portugal, hewn from either teak, or iroko heavy timbers. The Norwegian hulls were fitted with aluminum houses, with the wheelhouse mounted very high, and a bit aft, configured much like classic Romsdahl trawlers.
SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE’s keel was laid in Portugal. The Portuguese hulls were constructed with the classic Mediterranean yacht form. The Mediterranean design offers the benefit of having a lower center of gravity.
Any boat can handle glassy protected waters in temperate climates. SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE is certainly happy there, and in addition is a true “explorer vessel”. Her heavy construction eliminates the condensation which forms in the interiors of metal and fiberglass vessels. She is warm and dry, in all climates. In addition, abundant storage exists, for extended cruising provisioning.
Magazine, video articles and sea trials are rarely (if ever) conducted in 20’ seas. This characteristic is not a factor in boat shows, either ( as evidenced by the abundance of tall glass vases and figurines displayed there). An oversized and disproportionately high wheelhouse on a lumpy ocean is not a fun place to be. Craftspeople and Myles Stapleton, that created SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE knew this. For newer, mass produced yachts, you will find that Tony Fleming prioritizes this low center of gravity design criteria in his fine line of trawler yachts. It takes much more than a raked forward windshield for a vessel to truly be an exploration yacht.
SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE has been fitted with a new mahogany wheelhouse and salon, during her extensive refit, which we will discuss later. Both Portuguese and Norwegian bare hulls were then towed to the Southern Marine boatyard, and then fitted out. These canoe-stern trawlers are simply known as “Malahides”. This design has inspired several imitations in appearance. The easiest way to differentiate the higher quality Malahides from copy cats, is in identifying hull materials. Lesser woods than Iroko and Teak, were used in the imitations.
The finest engineering in the world is borne from a time honored commitment of form following function. In the automotive design world, we think of weight distribution and aerodynamic considerations, which result in the beautiful forms of high performance cars, like Ferrari, Porsche, and some others. These forms stand the test of time, in terms of beauty as well.
Malahide trawlers’ alluring hull form is borne from ability and function. While beauty and aesthetics being a given, her canoe-stern design offers incredible following sea performance. She tracks straight in significant following seas, without the tendency to “swap ends”, while resisting taking green water over her stern. This allows the helmsperson to leave the autopilot engaged, rather than switching the system off and grabbing the wheel as following swell speed exceeds vessel speed.
Her sharp entry at her stem allows for a smooth and clean entry at her bow. Her dramatically flared bow directs seas outward, and equally important, is the bow’s effect on buoyancy. As the sharp entry at her waterline cuts into the next swell, the increase of the vessel’s buoyancy is increased significantly as she moves through the swell. Think of the exaggerated V shaped line which follows the flare of the bow, as a line on a chart. When the swell level moves up the bow flare, the inclination to rise with the swell is correspondingly increased, in a gradual, consistently smooth and linear manner.
This force produces a very dry foredeck, and vessel. Towering seas and wind will produce spray on any boat, but I have yet to see SOVEREIGN take green water over her bow. SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE is indeed, a ‘dry’ boat. A quick Youtube search of some trawler brands you might be familiar with , followed by “in rough seas”, will produce a selection of videos that illustrate this point. Should you take me up on this suggestion, please look outside of the rolling wheelhouses and waves breaking over bows, at the water beyond. You will find a variety of conditions that result in what those posting the videos call ‘rough’ seas. For some of the yachts filmed, non-breaking waves, under 10’ are reeking havoc as the forward decks become awash with seawater.
SOVEREIGN’s previous owner recognized the value and beauty in this vessel’s hull. He bought her with a vision of elevating the classic Malahide to the highest level. After acquiring the boat, he actually purchased a boatyard, and had his team remove systems and her deck house; replacing all anew.
New marine commercial grade wiring, new plumbing, systems, and interior. Fuel tanks opened, stripped and epoxied; her rock solid Caterpillar 334 gone through, and a new stem highlight some of this extensive rebuild. This was all accomplished without regard for cost, resulting in SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE, being arguably the finest example of these very capable and sought after works of functional art in the world.
She was seaworthy prior to this work. Once launched, the Malahides that came to the Americas, came here on their own bottoms, across the Atlantic. She was found in Puerto Vallarta by that owner, and piloted non-stop up the west Coast from Vallarta to his new boatyard, near the Canadian-US border. Once completed, he sold the boatyard.
Your experience with SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE begins at first glance. Her sheer line (hull rim), is incredibly alluring, and her hull form simply cannot be reproduced in a fiberglass mold. There are no conversational qualifiers like “for her price”, or “for her size”: her beauty is timeless, and compares favorably with yachts at any size or price point. There is always a “but” when evaluating vessels. Huge vessels, loaded with extra rooms, generous features and sumptuous interiors are impressive “but” are rarely owner operated, and never operated as economically as SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE. (5.3 gph/20 lph)
An impromptu hour-long outing is unheard of on vessels over 65’. SOVEREIGN is large enough for the voyage of a lifetime, or as a full time residence, and small enough for a short mid-week dinner cruise.
Her size is perfect. Interior volume on a vessel is found primarily in beam (width), as opposed to length. Adding a foot of length increases the interior space of a 100’ boat between 1 and 10 square feet. Adding one foot to the beam of a 100’ yacht increases the interior space over 100 square feet! Sovereign’s generous space is, in part, due to her beam of 20 feet. Vessels normally found in her length class generally carry beams of 16-18 feet.
A final point regarding vessel length. Using the Pacific Northwest as an example: once you leave a dock in Seattle on a 100’ plus boat, and head north to Alaska for instance, you will be hearing your genset run 24 hours a day. The first place you will be able to dock and find shore power adequate for a vessel that size is in Sitka, Alaska. Check Google earth satellite view at the various marinas along the way. Not many docks long enough, with cleats big enough to tie a 100 footer up to.
50-70 footers can access out of the way desolate spots, as well as enabling an impromptu cosmopolitan outing along the way. We all love anchoring out, but sometimes its nice just to do some shopping or hit a nice restaurant without planning every moment of the journey to death.
A consideration seldom discussed regarding size: All yachts capture black water (waste exclusively generated from toilets), and this is a given. Many yachts under 10o’ do not capture gray water. (galley sinks, bathroom sinks, showers, etc.) This waste is commonly expelled through various through hull fittings around the vessel. Should this be the case, there are places you cannot go….like San Diego. Regulations in San Diego and some other popular cruising destinations require gray water to be collected, and pumped out in the same manner as black water. Sovereign captures her gray water. I never had a client ask that question, and I suggest it is an item that you may wish to add to your acquisition criteria list.
A realistic notion of anticipated cruising destinations, will serve a yacht buyer well, helping to hone in on the perfect vessel size and configuration to accomplish those destination goals.
Getting a 100’ vessel off the dock is an event. Waxing a 100’ vessel costs more than the annual operating cost of SOVEREIGN. Within her size-class, common fuel burn for propulsion and systems often run in the 12-60 gallons per hour range. BOATTEST.com recently tested Ocean Alexander’s new model year 2020 90r cruiser. Throttled back to 2000 rpm’s, the vessel had a cruise burn rate of 119 GPH. That was just to propel the vessel. This produced a range on that vessel of only 367 miles. A cruise along the west coast of America would result in stopping for fuel EVERY DAY.
Manufacturers’ numbers are best viewed with some degree of scrutiny, as they rarely include accessory consumption, like genset consumption. All electric galleys and other electrical consumers necessitate the need to operate gensets 24/7 when off the dock on other vessels, even when at anchor. What an experience killer that is in a quiet anchorage….hearing the droning of a genset’s exhaust noise bouncing off the rock walls of a remote anchorage in a silent fjord. You will find in this listing, that SOVEREIGN’s electrical system is truly balanced, resulting is the lack of need for constant genset operation.
A month or two ago, I cruised 1100 miles, from Seattle to Southern California. At speeds between 8 and 9 knots, with comfort systems used as desired, SOVEREIGN’s combined fuel consumption (with hydronic heat, Northern Lights genset as needed) was an incredible 5.3 gallons per hour(20 lph). We had enough fuel left on board, to turn around and go back to Seattle. My last sailboat burned more fuel than that under power!
Beauty, comfort, and seaworthiness can be retained without sacrificing intelligent efficiency. SOVEREIGN’s hull form is what allows such incredible fuel consumption, while moving 130,000 lbs of vessel through water. It takes more than a common layout, and an impressive wheelhouse to qualify as an open ocean trawler. A full displacement hull is the hull form required for heavy seas. “Fast trawlers” is a misleading term: marketing hype.
Being a true full displacement trawler, differentiates SOVEREIGN from other pilothouse forward, covered side deck, style vessels. Those similarities cease at the waterline.
For a vessel to exceed its mathematically dictated hull speed, the hull needs to be a semi-displacement, or “planing” hull. True full displacement trawlers (all full displacement vessels) are limited to produce speeds based on a formula that has been around forever: The square root of the waterline(not vessel overall length), multiplied by 1.34. It really is that simple. SOVEREIGN’s true hull speed is 10.379595 nautical mph. I have found her quite comfortable at 8.5-ish knots. You can push her faster when needed, but every boat has its sweet spot, where there are no rattles, excessive vibration, and no soot out the tailpipe. Soot (on a motor without issues) is unburned fuel. Once warm, diesel engines should burn pretty clean. To really dial in the perfect burn rate, oxygen content, transmission ratios, propeller blade pitch, vessel load and speed all come into play. Semi-displacement hulls are a compromise. They reduce the effects of chop in protected waters. On those vessels, the hull transforms from bow entry gradually to a flatter bottom at the stern.
SOVEREIGN of MALAHIDE is globally capable, and I am happy to deliver her for shipment via yacht transport freighter originating from Ensenada, MX.