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01-01-2016 12:14 PM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Two + months on and the turn ofthe year. Amazing how time gets away!

Spent the days past Labor day aboard; near to seven weeks. Put her up for the Winter in wetb storage not 100 yds from where she was docked.

Winter projects should include finishg sewing the tack and clew on the big fr'sl, making up the mahogany frames forthe settee stowage and a shelf/swing-away bracket for the VHF
Called Renogy about solar and gota quote Not bad for two 50 w panels and an MPPT controller w/wiring..$379. Adding the third panel will be later, as real estate is scant
IF I can get the side-gate boardingh ladder situ sorted, the aft ladder willl be gone and the 3r:d panel moubted there. Proposed was to mount a flex panel on tthe future sea-hood over the hattch slider!?!? Sooner have that space uncluttterd and unknown when that project will be accomplished SHould be before/during the cabin top re-do , whilst adding the centered top hatch..yeah! Right

Got a new VHF for Christmas. Now, just hafta get anttenna, horn and wiring to make ready. Also picked up a sweet little ice maker. Will fit under the table next to the ice chest (Engle freezer?_). Even figgering conversion loss, won't eat bbatts too bad..once solar's added.

Hoping to get a jump on the season by doing a lotof work during Mar/April, depending on weather.....and we all know how THAT goes..

Best to all and Happy New Year
10-21-2015 10:47 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Sorry for the time lapse. I don't regularly check in down here.
A 24 foot etension ladder. i9s the minimum. I used a 28 this last. time and it was a lot of excess weight atop. I foot it just aft of the fwd hatch and ratchet scrap it to the mast, top resting on the spreaders a and a safety line tied about the mast.
No sweat!
All tools etc in bag hoisted aloft. Mate on deck to maintain watch forrpower boats breaking nno-wake rules and to warn of swell.
Easy-peasey! just plan aheab. lol

09-30-2015 10:23 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! That's quite a bit of work you got accomplished. I'm interested in knowing how you secured the ladder to the mast to get to the spreaders and light as I don't have a bosun chair and need to replace the main halyard and the replace the flag lines on the spreader and steaming light on the mast.
09-28-2015 11:39 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! Nine months. Where has time gone?
I lost near half the season due to house. sale, then squirreling away the stuff. LOL Have been aboard full-time since w/e before Labor day A multitude of smaller projects checked off the list; but they biggest was the nasty foredeck!

A couple years of planning an revisions, with added help and encouragement from interested members here led to a. successful completion of of Stage One; the foredeck from hatch to anchor locker.
Having found only one or two brave individuals the chose to re-lam fromtthe inside; I worked out a system to make it easier without going into vac forming.
The most onerous job was to grind/sand the underside of the remaining deck. A couple hours of that resulted in days of itching! Once clean and smooth(subjective opinion) I epoxied the styrofoam ribs to the deck on 12". centers, the top. of the trapezoid shapes neared 1.25". and were 5/8" thick....basement paneling foam leftover from the days.
doing construction.
'Glass supplies were from ,, Great prices, super product and tremendous service! I applied two lams of 1708, lapping over in the. center of the deck by 6+inches and over each rib. Between the lams, I added a strip of 4 oz 4" cloth. I estimate that the ribs have near to 5/16" lamand tthe fields have near 3/16 addition to the original (near) 1/4". No more "trampoline"; buut a resounding "ring". when thumped!

The key to the application was to screed a mix of "bog" to the deck first., making it between mayonnaise and peanut butter construction. This was applied with a notched trowel as used in vinyl flooring glue. Pre-wetted edges to make corner conformation better and a quick, not quite full coat in the field. to make full saturation easier. A field-shaped piece of plastic sign board was used to handletthe wetted glass, as well as gauging it into the field. Once presses in place, roller tool and trim-line roller finished the rest of resin application and squeezing the air out.
note: the fine, door and cabinet foam roller retain too much resin and cook off faster than you'd imagine! The little, throw away fuzzy trim roller worked better. and were actually cheaper.
Cleanup was a nightmare! All the plastic I draped and taped shifted from me scrunching around. The piece taped to. the sole shifted and came loose; leaving little tracks ofnnresin throughout. the cabin sole! At least all the previously "bad" hardware install. is now going into solid glass!

I'll need to cut out the fwd anchor locker linner to access the hardware and peak glass. I staggered the lams fwd of the last rib so Ii can tie in that bit. It will be doubled twice and have reinforcing backer embedded for the. mooring bit, new cleats, and ancpreviously. Might even get bto that chore this year!?

Other small projects were a new steaming/deck light and courtesy flag sheaves and runners on the spreaders (from an extension ladder. ), access cut thru the settee bulkheads for storage; doors later! memory foam sections for the settee berths; a welcome addition. Wiring and access. purchased for horn, lites and sub panel. Was gifted an as-new Origo 3000 stove , just haft a construct a pan to. drop it in the hole to be left by the removal of the Process unit.
Glow plugs and fuel filter carts on order.

Lots to do till. winter. storage
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12-22-2014 09:25 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Got 'er covered the week-end after the pull-out.. Framed the ribs from1 by 2s,as Lowe's had no regular 1 by 3 furring lath! 2 by 4 ridge and 1/2"ply gussets at the ribs. Re-used the tarps from year before last annd all went well till I tried in vain to "button" tthe plastic tarp hookks . Too cold! So I just threw 4 ratchet starp over tthe ridge and coupled ontothe toe tails each side with a few line etensions.
Visited yesterday, as it was a beautiful sunny day for a road trip
Tarp inttact and only a ggallon or so water in the bilge from deck leaks. Tried the BP; but the hose was frozen; so I simply poured a gallon of pinl stuff intoit ..
Hull looks fine.. Only a few scrapes and slight cracks in the (very) thick bottom paint.. A few chips in the bottom edges of the keel gel .. Good, considering how much time she spends in the mud! . Prop, shaft and zinc look surprisingly good; verry little growth of anything. Mostly still has patina from polishing two years ago. Zinc has the usual few "zits" but still whole and sound.
The couple of palm-sized delams I had in the sides of the keel are still there; but the raised "blisters" are gone! STill delamm'd; but flat as shouldbe. If they stay thataways till Spring, I believe I'll simply inject with resin.

The repair/refit list grows! I will wait till Spring to address most of the work, as it's already too damm'd cold to do anything. *IF* that meanns I don't get plopped back in till June or July (4th?); fine! Just so's she gets fixed. Hopefully, the house will be sold this winter/spring, so I can spend the bulk of time aboard doing repairs?

Finding it difficult to concentrate on house refit when the boat's occupying my mind so!
11-14-2014 11:52 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Got a text (Eeew!) from dock mate that boat was pulled and blocked for the Winter.
Managed to winterize the watersystem, pump out the waste tank and get the motor full a pink stuff. Only takes half an hour or so and two gallons of AF..
Was supposed to be pulled first week of Nov.; but operator thought I was to call him when ready, rather than. me requesting a call to be present..Oh well!
I dropped the mast Friday before last. No, really! Literally dropped the mast. Had it all rigged and shrouds. loose inan hour.good to go, all's ready. Started to go down,then rotated 90 degrees and angled over the Stbd side and crashed. gently to the dock. The Commodore was vidding and got a bruise when she was struck a glancing blow on he backside as it. came down. Scary stuff, watching and not being able to d. a thing awaiting catastrophy to ensue. Commodore has it all on via, including the aftermath/post-fall color commentary.
All's well that ends well , tho.
Rigging and mast are in apparent order and will receive closer scrutiny at a later date. Boat sure looks funny without the stick there
Still trying to decide how to proceed with the coach roof re-lam. Details, details!

Spent last weekend othe bottom at 34 degrees due to. NW winds and very low tides. Rather unusual walking on the leading edge of the settee, "chimney " climbing to aces other areas. Even making coffee was an exercise in gymnastics and physics

Still hafta organize the lumber and tarps for the cover-up.. Supposedly to happen this weeekend. Guess I oughta get busy with it
10-07-2014 11:30 AM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Hopefully, there's another w/e or so left to crack on the canvas. This past , we motored out incold, windy . conditions; and proceeded to motor back into the slip before raising any sail. Choppy, cold and uninviting, indeed!

Arranged to have the boat pulled come November. Need to get to a lot of projects that really can't be done "in"; so, out she comes. Marina wanted an additional $200 each way to pull the mast, so it's aDIY project now. I have it all suss'd out and figger it'll only Be a bit scary! . Sheave check, fitting and stay check, add a few blocks and see about the topping lift change-out. Then run new, secured and. isolated wiring, add new steaming/deck light and perhaps a tri-color and anchoring light .. Need a check the VHF antenna somehow, too..
Checked with the prop guy about. getting.mine de-rated to see if I can get the RPMs up at cruise. Then on to checking the bushings and shaft, replacing zinc/s and general maint.

Glass work was pushed back to allow more sail time Gonna be a treat to do once it gets. cold.. As much as I'd like to get the interior additions fabb'd up and installed, I believe the plate's. already full enough.
Oh! Then there's all the sewing projects that are planned! Got a pile of sunbrella freebies; enough to do all the bimmies, dodger and connector AND a lot of other covers.

Updates as they occur
09-03-2014 09:52 PM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! Where'd the season go?

*finally* got some pix in the album. Checkum out
Lotsa projects started and a few completed. Many miles under the keel; so not as many finished as expected
Bimmie frame got blue poly onnit as template and to contemplate, too.

Dunno if I'll come out this Winter or not?! Paint's fair and she's not leaking anywhere, so.....
07-24-2014 08:54 PM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Tickled pink with my newly made and installed companion way hatch "doors". Spent half that night fascinatedly opening and closing with a huge grin. No more drop-boards to foul the opening. Yay!
Gluing the HDPE material with WS 655 was an exercise in goo application,. Thickened as it is; it *still* get in places it shouldn't! . Only time will. tell if it holds as adverttized. Still. haft a order "removable" hinges. but that can wait.
Parts fashioned and mostly fittedassembled for the sailpkg. foprthe WB dink. Onc. set,I'llcoat with epoxy and then varnish. Only need to get rigging sorted after that. Might just get to sail it this year!

Had to give the drip seal on the prop sshaft a sixth of a twist this w/e too. I suspect that next season's opening procedures will include a new flax job on the seal..
07-10-2014 01:06 PM
Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Spent the weekend of the Fourth aboard. Wind was dicey thrs an Fri; but we managed to get out later. Sunday was perfect, so we motored off t the other side of the estuary to scope out a place to watch the fireworks.
As we approached, theexhaust sounded a different note! "Bla-a-a-p,instead of "Blu-u-urp..I checked the outlet an. saw very littlewater..Decided to. limp back toMarina; but considered better band anchored in the far mooring field.

I had the day before checked the inlet filter,so THAT couldn't be it. I pulled hoses to find the culprit and ended. that theseacock was clogged. quick swipe with the electrician's fish-tape and all was good. Went on to check the impeller and found thatbeven after a. month since last an. theslight term running. dry; i. wasfine.

By the time I hoisted the anchor, the wind was piping UP..again!. and decided to call it a day.. Pulled straight into the dock, so I could dive on the T-hull and check it. A-OK, so I went on to scrub the hull.
Boy! Does the dock-side ever get dirty!

Spent the balance of timeputtering about.. Set the mounts for the spare anchor on the stern rail, using the defunct cowl vent hole in the coaming to slide the rode/chain and shaft down into the empty space. Need a piece of three inch PVC to line it yeand a 2by four or so to separate the. rode/chain fromthey hoses and suchh.
Spare jibs from the recent purchase were hoisted at dock; but not a chance to fly 'em for real. One might workout as a 100%er, but the clew is cut relatively high. The rest are roller types and would need to be set up for hanks. oh well
Funniest moment was while cleanuing the transom, the bilgpump decided to pi$$ all over me.. Thank goodness the bilge is clean! ;

Keepin' on
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