Hull #002 - Sweet Pea
- Model: Cruising
- Year Built: 1966
- Hull #: 2
- Vessel Name: Sweet Pea
- Owner Name: Noel Sperry & Kathleen Ward
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hailing Port: Bristol, Pennsylvania
July 31, 2018 – I thought you would like to see this considering you want to know the original designs of the B27. The exterior cockpit cooler hatch was originally inset flush mounted to the seats (see the photos), not a raised lip under the hatch cover. It has been sealed and bolted down now and I think that we are just going to leave her that way. It probably was a design flaw, I can see how water would possibly flow into the cooler box from the cockpit seats if you are in heavy weather. Not sure when it was sealed up though.
June 27, 2018 – New owners Noel and Kathleen have recently taken custodianship of this Bristol 27 named “Sweet Pea”. Jack Donovan passed on the boat for Noel and Kathleen to enjoy. There’s only have one image of Sweet Pea at the moment from when she was last in the water.
The previous owner, Jack, sailed from Mystic Seaport down through Long Island Sound through the East River, up the Hudson, off the shore of the New Jersey coast, through Cape May Canal into the Delaware Bay, over the D&C Canal into the Chesapeake Bay. Also sailed down and around the Chesapeake Bay as far as Cambridge. Jack did this for well over eight years, making stops along the way, hanging out in a number of boat yards, plus a lot of Gunkholing. Jack described the trip as “Just a great time!” and the boat as “…a manual boat and she requires a sailor to sail her…..Sweet Pea does well in the ocean.”.
Around 2008, Jack took the boat out of the water with the plan to upgrade, taking the boat from Sommers Point, NJ, on a flat-bed trailer that required 13.5′ bridge clearance. Lots of family issues interceded and the boat ended up mostly sitting idle on a twin axle trailer at Jack’s house. In 2018, Jack decided it wouldn’t be feasible to finish the rebuild and get the boat in the water, and that’s where Noel and Kathleen came into the picture.
Included with the boat were sails (two main sails, genoa, storm jib and spinnaker) a 15 horse Mercury extended shaft in an outboard well, lifelines, shrouds, boom, sheets and lines, parts and more. Now, Sweet Pea is currently living on a trailer waiting to be brought back to her early glory.
July 23, 2018 – The rudder does have a wood core. The wood core is in really good condition still, but I think that all of the glass has to be removed & replaced. It is going to be a big project, but I have friends that are very experienced with this type of work.
July 23, 2018 – Well it looks like the hull number mystery is resolved.
As we began taking inventory & cleaning the sails removed from inside the boat, we found the original spinnaker with just the #2 on it. Coincidentally, Jack (previous owner) found the sale paperwork from his previous owner that had the hull number listed as #2. I am going to get this from him to archive in her records.
Since she is the 2nd hull built, I am wondering if she was used a “show” boat to help sell the B-27’s. They would have possibly used the #27 to as a sales tool to designate the model. So as it turns out she is Hull #002, and we are very proud to be making her beautiful again.
Here’s an image of Sweet Pea’s spinnaker with the #2 showing:
July 14, 2018 – Big things afoot. Today was moving day and she made it to her new home at D&S Marina/Boat Yard. Big thanks to Buzz (driver/truck) & Carl (navigator) for taking your time and getting her there safe & sound.
Still digging around looking for a hull number, but no luck. So I pulled out her main sails (original & newer) and they both have the #27 on them. Now here is the question of the day, there is another boat on the website with the same hull number: Lost Soul.
Here’s an image of the sails with 27 written on them:
July 2, 2018 – Sweet Pea already had a good project list. There some fiberglass dings in the bow and the hull could use a fresh coat of paint. Another repair will be addressing the fiberglass delamination on the rudder, as shown below: