The Boat

M17 Specifications and Sweet Pea Details

Beam: 7′ 4″

Length: 17′ 2″

Length at Waterline: 15′ 10″

Weight (dry): 1550 lbs – what Jerry said it should be … more likely ~1600# to 1800#

Ballast: 580 lbs. (in an ’83 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.

Sails – all tanbark colored made by McKibben.

  • Main, modified to be loose foot, with two reef points
  • 110 jib
  • 150 jib


Sweet Pea has aluminum toe rails.

Four winches –

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

Small ‘cuddy’ 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 (a Thetford 260 will fit).

Hatch just forward the mast.


  • Master battery switch
  • Four circuit master panel
  • 2 x 12-volt aux. plug
  • 2 x USB power ports
  • 12V meter
  • single cabin light
  • All around white masthead light
  • Bi-colored bow light on bow pulpit
  • Battery is a group 24
  • 30 watt solar panel on the forward hatch
  • 110V battery charger
new panel
The 2018 panel update.

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. (The locker has been sealed off and properly vented to safely store a gas can.)

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’.