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Re: Help with 1979 Watkins 27 diesel ID

Try here;
Watkins* Owners Home Page
Site is a repository of data on the Watkins Yacht products. Stock was (supposedly) a Yanmar 8 h.p.; but lots were changed out and some upgraded at conception.

There are some nice little diesels out there; but ya gotta search for the right price/condition. I've seen some in my searches for less than $1800 that needed a little work (?) to over $3500 for an advertised as 'fresh rebuilt'

I lucked into a 75 hr. Beta20 last month with a complete W-27 around it!
Join us at watkins : watkinssailboats
I found mine via Craig's List, of all places!

While some will offer advice to just hang an OB offa the back; a squat, beamy 7500 lbs of boat is a lot ta push from of a transom mount...if ya expect to do anything but motor in and outta a slip... IMHO. What's a 25 horse, long-shaft gonna cost, then add reinforcement and a good tip up mount, a winch and rig to lift it, etc.??? Compared to a self-installed used/rebuilt? No contest, IMHO

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Last edited by deltaten; 12-28-2012 at 01:00 AM.
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