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Watkins 23
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3 2712 Mon June 16, 2008
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Description: Watkins 23
Keywords: Watkins 23
 


Author
lapointe
Junior Member

Registered: October 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon January 24, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Review Date: Sun October 13, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Bought this boat, "Jolly Roger," from Paul Lapointe this summer. Love the boat. It is a very solid, consistant, and forgiving boat. The cabin area sleeps 4 comfortably, but we usually take two adults and 4 or 5 children (teenagers). The cockpit is very roomy, and with a tarp drapped over the boom, you have space for two more guests. This boat is a "Coastal Cruiser" and not a racing boat. This is my first boat, and I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert. My wife and I really love the way the boat handles, even though we are runnig at 2 - 6 knots with out 25' mast, while other boats are running 6 - 10 knots. We are happy, and will probably end up sailing Watkins boats for a long time. By the way, the cabin area only has a 5' height, but we are very comfortable with it. We take along a Honda 1000 watt portable generator with us for charging the batteries on extended trips, running extra fans, lights, etc. This generator is very quiet.
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Registered: June 2008
Location: Lighthouse Point, FL
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon June 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good well built day sailor
Cons: Centerboard hinge point design / Rudder hinge points

I have had a Watkins 23 for over 25 years currently. It is a good day sailor and can do some coastal cruising. The centerboard hinge point leaves the centerboard rocking and needs to be redesigned with a decent keel collar. The swing up rudder assembly is weak and the center board of the assembly needs to be replaced with a laminated board and better pintles and gudgeons to hinge from. With those fixes on this boat it becomes a very solid and stable cruiser.
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