Hull - Sweet Pea

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Sailboat History

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.

Sweet Pea when 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.


Owner Comments

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:

Original sail with the number 27 showing on it.




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:

Sweet Pea’s rudder seems to be delaminating and will need repair.

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