Sweetie - A Square Rigged Boat  
Design by Wayne Tedder - Tacoma, Washington - USA

Hi Chuck
Well My son Wayne and his girl friend started the boat in 1995. He and I designed the vessel which is constructed of fir plywood, stitch and glue West System epoxy, glassed, and then another layer of plywood screwed to that and heavily glassed, the decks are built the same way.

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She is a Full rigged ship (squares on all three masts). A yacht on the inside, with a bath tub, fireplace, full size mattress in both master and guest state rooms, marble counter tops in galley, state rooms and heads, 200 gallons of fresh water. Her power is a 40 hp electric motor and a large battery bank, and we have a 4kw diesel generator on deck. The standing rigging is stainless steel and the running rigging is nylon, her mast hardware and fittings are 5086 aluminum, all of which is authentic 18th century stuff I think.

When Wayne and his girl friend broke up, He didn't have the heart to finish the project which was at that time just a rough hull and most of the deck. My wife and I talked about it and didn't want the boat Wayne had spent so much time on to languish or be sold to someone who wouldn't finish her, so we bought her from Wayne.

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I changed her from what Wayne had originally had as a diesel auxiliary, to a regenerating electric drive (power to turn the prop with electric motor, then when sailing, the prop turning and refilling the battery bank of 12 8Ds). The electric motor is 40 HP at 144 volts DC.
My wife and I hope to retire on the ship and sail the inside passage to Alaska, then return and outfit for open waters and head for Hawaii where we have a Grandson who teaches High school. If our health remains good we might do the south Pacific before we head back to Puget Sound.

We should be able to handle the ship by ourselves, we have a lot of money tied up in Harkin roller reefing systems for all sails, however there are redundant systems for handling the ship by hand. She sleeps 4 in a master stateroom and a VIP, but when we have grand kids aboard they can sleep in the salon and pilot house and on the quarter deck settee, we should be able to entertain as many as 20 people dock side.

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I retire in a year and a half, that is our goal for launch. The photos here were taken this fall. We are now working on the steering systems, and over Thanksgiving my son Eddie and I are going to glass in the 6 fresh water tanks, 230 gallons, and the last of the keelson structure.

Here are Sweetie's Diminutions:


  • Construction: Wood epoxy Spared Length: 53’2”
  • Length on deck: 42’
  • Length of waterline: 33’7”
  • Draft: 4’6”
  • Beam: 14’6”
  • Empty weight: approximately 34,000 pounds
  • Rig: full rigged Ship
  • Sails: square Main, square fore, mizzen driver, square main topsail, square fore topsail, square mizzen topsail, square main gallant sail, square fore gallant, Jib sail, fore staysail, main staysail, mizzen staysail. All accept the mizzen driver Harken roller reefing. 43 Holt Allen single blocks Fisheries #166320 mfg# H/A2020*1 $5.54ea $238.oo total - 7 Holt Allen Cheek blocks Fisheries 92404
    mfg# H/A -386 $3.24 ea $23.oo total
  • Power: 40 hp DC electric motor, and 12 12volt deep cycle batteries.
    Generators: 4KW Kobota diesel generator (on aft deck under table.
    200 watt dc generator running off the shaft when under sail.
  • Fresh water: 230 gallons in 6 tanks
  • Holding tanks: Master head 48 gallons
  • Guest head: 10 gallons
  • Diesel: 20 gallons
  • Propane: 20 gallons
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  • 2 burner propane range with oven
  • Micro wave oven
  • Full size refrigerator
  • Small deep freezer
  • Cloths washer / dryer
  • Propane water heater
  • Propane fireplace / forced air heater
  • reverse osmoses water maker


  • 4 12vdc maintenance 500 gph bilge pumps
  • One 12vdc 1000 gph bilge pump
  • One 120 vac 5000 gph main emergency bilge / fire pump.
  • One 12vdc fresh water pump
  • One macerator pump
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  • Master state room with full size berth,
  • two wardrobes,
  • marble top night stands,
  • Corian book shelf around berth,
  • 11 gallery windows,
  • ladies vanity with marble counter top and flower elevated wash basin and gold fixtures,
  • two chest of drawers,
  • LCD TV / DVD, Stereo sound system,
  • scaunch reading lights and recessed halogen,
  • trim dark mahogany.