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Old 03-28-2009
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Question 1978 Watkins 23xl

Hello to all,

Im a newbie to sailing and just bought a 1978 watkins 23.Shes in pretty good shape overall but needed a repair here and there and a new coat of bottom paint.In the last few weeks Ive repaired the deck to hull joint on the port side [ early models were only held in by rivets ],some rotten wood in the bilge,and begun sanding on the bottom.Recently I decided to do a quick launch to see how well the 6 hp motor works.When I was far enough off shore,I went to lower the keel and after 2 turns the cable just kept getting loose......like it wasnt lowering.When I had it back on land I jacked it up a hair and peeked under it.I could see the barnacles around it but that was it.Has anyone else had this problem?

Thanks....Cory {Destin}
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