S2 27 vs Watkins 27 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-27-2003
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
prrthead is on a distinguished road
S2 27 vs Watkins 27

I know these are two very different boats, but as far as build quality, reliability and sturdiness goes, which would you pick and why? I am looking at a 1980 Watkins 27 and a 1987 S2 27...both with inboard diesels.
Thanks for the help...

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 04-29-2003
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 407
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
tsenator is on a distinguished road
S2 27 vs Watkins 27

Hmm....really don''t know the S2, but I had a 1980 Watkins 27. I thought it was very sturdy/solid boat for the money. For instance take a look at the size of the spars and the standing rigging as compared to other 27 foot boats its a bit oversized. In fact when I was going to put roller furling on, the people at Shaeffer were amazed at the size forestay I had on and actually sent me the incorrect sized parts.

Build quality of the Watkins is middle of the road. I think Watkins made a conscious decision to put the build costs into a solid boat with out a lot of "pretty frills" (such as teak or wood flooring which I am sure you''ve noticed). But important things like the great 1 1/2 inch solid teak anchor platform roller.

I had it 8 years and I though it was fairly reliable basic boat. Never had anything about the boat "break". I have fond memories and miss the boat and always felt comfortable that it would get me home "safe".

I sold the boat to get a bigger boat (C36) and wanted a walk through transom for fun easy coastal cruising with kids/dogs

(ps I had the 15 HP raw water cooled Yanmar 2QM15 -- it was a bit hard to start sometimes, but once running it was a great running engine and it would probably go another 20 years )
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 05-06-2003
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
conbrio36 is on a distinguished road
S2 27 vs Watkins 27

No comparison....the S2 of course.....it''s a BMW and the Watkins is a Chev. The S2 is faster, built better.......I had a CC 30 for years and wish I still had it. I have seen the tail end of many S2''s while racing since.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Watkins 25 Information awking Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 12-20-2014 10:22 PM
Watkins 32-33 garyp Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 11-20-2004 08:27 AM
Watkins 32-34 garyp Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 10-23-2004 10:19 AM
Watkins 29 pjaarch Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 04-07-2002 03:52 PM
Watkins 27 supershoal draft mvanecek Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 03-01-2001 06:58 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:43 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.