The Boat

M17 Specifications and Sweet Pea Details

Beam: 7′ 4″

Length: 17′ 2″

Length at Waterline: 15′ 10″

Weight (dry): 1550 lbs.

Ballast: 580 lbs. (in ’84 model these are steel punching in skeg keel + cast iron centerboard)

Draft: 3′ 6″ board down, 1′ 9″ board up

Sail area: 100% foretriange – 154 sq. ft.

Saills – all tanbark colored made by McKibben.

  • Main with two reef points
  • 110 jib
  • 150 jib

Sweet Pea has aluminum toe rails.

Four winches –

  • Jib sheet winches port and starboard cockpit coamings.
  • Jib halyard winch on cabin roof to port of companionway.
  • Centerboard winch mounted inside cabin just below the companionway.

Small ‘cubby’ galley to port with sink and shelf for single burner stove (i use a butane burning ‘max burton’).

Narrow, but long, quarterberth to starboard.

V-berth forward (compression post ‘bisects’ the berth).

Under v-berth are storage, battery and porta-potti (an old Thetford 35 in Sweet Pea’s case).

Hatch just forward the mast.


  • Master battery switch
  • Four circuit master panel
  • 12-volt aux. plug
  • single cabin light
  • All around white masthead light
  • Bi-colored bow light on bow pulpit
  • Battery is a group 24.

Cockpit lockers –

  • Deep locker (open to interior) port side.
  • Shallow locker starboard side (very very shallow and does not open to boat interior)
  • Stern locker: any water coming into cockpit drains to this location where it then drains overboard through two thru-hulls; this locker will accept a 3-gallon external tank for an outboard motor and has a hole in the transom to pass the fuel line.

Adjustable motor mount (on Sweet Pea the mount is located starboard of the rudder, the ‘usual’ side is port).

Transom boarding ladder.

4HP Suzuki outboard (’03 model).

Trail-Rite trailer with ‘extend a hitch’.