• BitterSweet
BitterSweet Evening…

BitterSweet is an electric auxiliary cutter

designed for coastal cruising and daysailing.

Her owner/builder put years into the project

and developed the electrical propulsion system himself.

She carries banks of large capacity marine batteries

around which the boat was designed.

Along with a composite, lead & steel centerboard

and a lead shoe they help provide ballast.

BitterSweet in the slings

Even with a Gaff Cutter rig,

this is the fastest mono-hull of her size I’ve sailed on.

In her home waters on Cape Ann

she leaves much larger boats in her wake!

BitterSweet Sail Plan

I had the distinct good fortune to have this design

reviewed by the late Joel White,

E.B. White‘s son and one of the finest designers we’ve had.

His review was in WoodenBoat Magazine,

here is his review.


  • LBP              22′ – 8″
  • LWL 20′ – 9 1/4″
  • Beam 7′ – 6″
  • Draft 1′ – 6″/4′ – 6″

Sail Area:

  • Main            183 sq. ft.
  • Stays’l 82 sq. ft.
  • Jib 63 sq. ft.
  • Total 298 sq. ft.
BitterSweet Construction Plan

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