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Watkins 29 info sought

had a 27 foot Watkins before...

Solid boat and a lot of boat for the money, but I have to agree, pointing high is not its strong point. But it''s a bit overbuilt and solid, but in light winds and trying to go to weather was a chore......But what do you expect !?!? It had a 3''11" modified shoal keel and a very wide beam...

When I think of the Watkins 27 I think of the poor man Island Packet 27. It was made very close to the Island Packet plant (Largo Floroda) Its very similar in design (but obviously not teak woodwork below and other details, build quality, etc), but I would image it sails the same....great on a beam reach and heavier winds/seas don''t bother it.

Every boat is a compromise but this 27'' footer had a lot of space and a very shoal keel and it was not a lot of money, but still very solid. More than one time I was caught in heavy seas when bigger boats turned to go in port and (with the help of my trusty yanmar 2QM15) I never felt unsafe.........

If your looking for the best sailing ultra light wind sailboat....this is not it. If you are looking for a solid, safe, forgiving, inexpensive, roomy 27'' sailboat....I''d say you found it
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Oh...I''m sorry...Hurricane Isabel has wasted my internet connection and I hit return a few too many times....LOL

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(lets see if this goes through....I''m on my boat right now and the connection is terrible)

ps. Forgot to mention there is email list
http://www.egroups.com/list/watkins/


& a website that watkins owners have.
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/watkinssailboats/index.html

Ask them what they think....they actually live with the boats day in and day out.

"There are no bad boats.....just boats used in ways they weren''t meant for"
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Thanks Tsenator,
This particular boat is a freshwater, 1987 for 22,000(or less), with newer sails, rigging, electronics, and bottom job.
It does seem to be quite a bit of boat for the money.
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Looking at a 1978 Newport 30 for sailing on Lake Erie.I haven,t been able to find much infomation on them.Feel free to tell me everything there is to kinow about this model both pro and con .
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Looking at a 1978 Newport 30 for sailing on Lake Erie.I haven,t been able to find much infomation on them.Feel free to tell me everything there is to kinow about this model both pro and con .
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Watkins 29 info sought

DKU -- You probably will find out more about a Newport 30 if you start a new subject with that as a title as opposed to asking in something titled Watkins 29. Just an idea.
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seabee==== bought w29 1984 this summer, sailed her in 20K winds and she sailed very well, but folks are right ,she did not sail very well to point but other than that she did well on all other points, --light winds one day was 4K and the boat moved along , I guess its not the boat but the sailor behind it, I found the boat roomy and very solid, look at watkinsowners.com and at the old watkins page at how the boat was put together, not plywood in the core but small sq. which stops water wicking through the old plywood type. like I said our boat is a 1984 and I have NO bad soundings around anything on the boat. also look at good old boat review and see why so many watkins owners restore them to showroom ( because they are worth it)
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I sailed one in the Bahamas in 1992. Between the full keel and an inbattened main, the upwind performance was poor. Aside from that I remember it as an OK boat.
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