The Sovereign Light is a 4 + 2 birth, 44ft cruiser from Herbert Woods Elite Range. This boat which was built on site in Potter Heigham and launched in April 2013 features dual steering positions with bow and stern thrusters.
Straight away you can see that the Sovereign Light is a step up in comfort and comparative luxury where Broads boats are concerned.
The upper deck is beautifully laid out with a table that comfortably seats 4, along with 2 sunbathing platforms and the upper steering position.
Let’s take a look inside starting with the stern berth which has a double bed, small wardrobe, some drawers and free sat TV, which accounts for the funny little dome on the bow of the boat. The stern berth also features an En-Suite bathroom with a full height shower.
We move on to the galley which seemed to be well equipped with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. As well as a microwave, full-size hob, cooker and fridge, you’ll also find a wine rack (wine not included) and what we thought was a cleverly concealed and space-saving bin.
When you take out of their Elite Range of cruisers you also get one of the Herbert Woods welcome packs that include lots of tasty goodies.
The saloon, because of its 12ft beam feels light and spacious. The main seating area converts to the +2 births and on the port side you have more seating, a free sat TV and DVD and below that you have a couple more cupboards.
The lower steering position features all the usual controls and a nice sounding radio and CD player. There is also additional raised seating which will give you great views of the broads from within the cabin.
Take a step forward and you will find yourself in a wet room with toilet, sink and shower.
And then you have the forward berth, which we thought had a real wow factor. The cabin is beautifully designed with a double bed, cupboards and of course free sat TV. As you would expect this cabin also has its own En-Suite with toilet, sink and full height shower.
The Sovereign Light is without doubt one of the most luxurious boats on the broads at the moment. It is spacious, well laid out and light and there is real attention to detail. We particularly liked the upper deck which is perfect for eating, socialising, and sunbathing and of course offers a superb vantage point to enjoy the views across the Norfolk Broads.
Be under no illusion, you will pay a premium for this boat, but saying that, we feel it is a reasonable price for a lot more boat.