Backed by 30 years of personal sailing experience the owners looked at 18 vessels before deciding on Sweet Waters. The main criteria was sailing ability and balance. Sweet Waters is the epitome of the large single handed cruising yacht. Set the sails and helm and she looks after herself. All tackle runs to the cockpit from whence one person can easily handle the vessel. The masts booms and spars are of extruded aluminium and she is if anything overstayed with heavy stainless steel rigging. She features a roller furling Genoa and roller boom on the main. Sweet Waters is also fitted with an Aires Wind-Vane
The hull is of GRP (fibreglass and varies in thickness from 6 inches to one inch (33 mm). She carries 6 tons of lead ballast and draws 2,5 m of water. She has a full keel with a powerful stainless steel re-enforced rudder operated by a hydraulic powered steering system.
A Rolls Royce built Marine Perkins 4 cylinder 85 Hp. Diesel engine provides ample power with a top speed of 9,7 knots. She carries a ton of diesel giving a range of some 1000 miles. She carries 2,5 tons of water for her filtered, pressurised and heated water supply systems and 6 tons of ballast in a full keel with a 2,5 m draft. She is balanced on all points, therefore sails with effortless grace and handles like a ballerina
The interior is finished in teak and rare yellow wood, obtained from first class South African railway coaches and famous old hotels from the elegant bygone era in Durban. She has an aft stateroom, large double captain's stateroom, Pilot's cabin and crew's quarters for two. The cockpit seats 6 and converts to two extra bunks. The heads include basin and shower and are situated next to a laundry. A spacious saloon open planned with a well-equipped galley is flanked by a navigation station. The decks are of teak planking. The coach-roof is made of 25 mm marine ply sheathed in fibreglass. The engine room is done in 8mm white formica with housing a metalic silver grey engine. It is spotless, roomy and houses integral mechanical and electrical infrastructure covering a host of features such as invertors etc..
Navigation equipment includes two main magnetic compasses, one in the cockpit and one at the chart table. Electronics include, Radar GPS, Yeoman Plotter, Depth sounder / sonar, engine, wind instruments, VHF radio, SSB radio, Radio direction finder and electronic autopilot, Hi Fi's and TV's in main cabins and saloon.
The result is a vessel with a superbly romantic "olde worlde" atmosphere saturating her four cabins, the spacious saloon, convertible cockpit and comfortable heads. Add to that the interesting history of the vessel and the uniqueness of this yacht cannot be overstated.