The Yacht Sweet Waters is a 14 meter full keeled GRP Ocean Going Ketch that has excellent sea handling capability and sails with superb precision. 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. 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.
This yacht was meticulously and lovingly home built by the Wadsworth family of Amanzimtoti (Zulu for Sweet Waters) in Natal over some 10 years and launched in 1983. She was the first vessel to be built in a Perspex mould. She then sailed to the Caribbean and from there right through Hurricane Clause (no problem) to the Mediterranean where she was moored at the prestigious "Vila da Mora" moorings in Portugal, which are reserved only for the world's most attractive yachts. She duly returned to South Africa via Brazil where she was robbed and briefly abandoned on a sheltered beach. The vessel is so soundly built that she sustained no damage whatsoever. In South Africa she became the first Charter vessel to operate on the dangerous East Coast of Africa out of the Durban city moorings. In Mozambique she became beached on an island in the Maputo Bay and again suffered no structural damage whatsoever. At this time she became the centre point of a rather far fetched claim for salvage from a rubber duck owner, which in turn gave rise to a Commission of Inquiry into secret societies in South Africa, several historic court battles and a host of political activity. The upshot of all that is that a books is being written and she is due to be substantially refurbished for chartering in Richards Bay.
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 knots.
She carries a ton of diesel giving a range of some 1000 miles. She carries 1,5 tons of water for her filtered, pressurized and heated water supply systems.
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 roomy and houses a power full 12v to 220v inverter and integral mechanical and electrical infrastructure covering a host of features.
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, 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.