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Watkins 32/33
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Description: Watkins 32/33
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat April 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good solid cruising boat. Great for blue water (Long Island Sound to Block Island) and family cruising. Our Watkins 32 (the next year they apparently marketed the boat as the Watkins 33 - its 32' 6" LOA) sails well, although a bit slower than some newer designs. Our boat was measured for PHRF rating by its former owner - 192. Although we're somewhat slower than other boats, the Watkins makes up for it in heavy blows. Lots of stability, very stiff after initial heel. The former owner reported that she sets up nicely in heavier weather with a first reef put in early and he then trimmed the [160%] genoa for best point of sail. I haven't had that experience - because I haven't been blessed with enough wind. Nevertheless, I've been impressed with the boat's ability to go to weather - even though with our modified full keel we give up a few degrees to boats with fin keels or wing keels. Going downwind (almost by the lee) under main and genoa and following seas I've found the boat to be a little tender and uncomfortable. It's been suggested that I might do just as well either under genoa alone or might want to consider a whisker poll. Would appreciate any experiences.
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Review Date: Sat October 19, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good Boat! Roomy and sails well! Handles well in a blow with a single reef and short foresail. Not too beamy, and lots of freeboard make this a dry boat in a seaway. Only draws 4', which makes this an excellent gulf coast cruiser. Yanmar 3GM30(F) is an excellent choice for auxillary power. Engine a little hard to access from front until a top panel is removed to access fuel filters, oil and coolant. This can be done with very little effort. Forward anchor/rope locker is a bit too deep, stays wet in most sea conditions while sailing. Freshwater tank top is a weak spot which needs reinforcing in forward V-Berth area. Both problems are very fixable. Excellent hull to deck join thru aluminum caprail with 1/4" bolts every 5". After a few upgrades I am very satisfied with this design.
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