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04-02-2011 12:06 PM
seafrontiersman
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Originally Posted by Phantman View Post
Hey Mike, how's your galley project coming along?
I removed mine and put it in storage for use later if I need it. It goes in/out fairly quickly and easily. But I've been considering completely re-doing mine as well, although it's not high on the priority list. I'd rather locate it near the companionway and maybe design it to slide back into the quarter berth similar to a Catalina 22 arrangement.

I'm also interested in your bridge deck traveler project. Have you made a decision on that? That's one I'm considering too, although I'm thinking just the addition of a boom vang would alleviate some of the Crosby Rig's downside. Another arrangement I'm considering it just moving the Crosby Rig to the top of the cabin over the companionway hatch. I've seen photos of a W25 with that arrangement (although it appears to be a double ended system) but I haven't talked to the owner about it yet.

Rick
Sorry it's taken so long to reply, I've been at sea almost constantly this year past and I haven't had much time to do anything to the vessel except sand down the whole cabin and fill in a few spots inside with Bondo and prime/paint the spots. If I only have a few days off duty, I'd much rather sail her (if there is wind) than do little projects.....I'm sure you know how that is! I've also removed all interior teak and sanded it all down to bare wood and I have one coat of varnish on it, I'll put at least five coats on and I've sanded/varnished the oak compression post and replaced all the metal fittings with new stainless steel ones. My next step is to paint the inside, make a anchor line locker cover, and THEN look at installing a traveller on the bridge deck and installing ratchet cleats for the sheets on the cabin top starboard side. I should be ashore more in 2011!
04-02-2010 05:43 PM
Phantman Did you buy all new traveler, track, end caps, etc etc etc?
That stuff's pretty expensive. There are still quite a few hurricane damaged boats sitting around here and I keep thinking I may be able to find what I want off a wrecked boat. Newish but used and undamaged and not so %#@&!! expensive. No such luck as of yet though. I want a split backstay too but I'll probably buy new stuff for that. And the wish list goes on and on.
03-31-2010 08:55 PM
seafrontiersman
My refit is coming along just fine!

I haven't had time to do anything with the interior yet but I did decide to put a traveller in along the bridge deck. I wish I had more to relate but I've been at sea a lot this year so far and I haven't got too much done so far in 2010. I'm coming back home for 2.5 weeks next Wednesday so I'll have some time to work on her.

Best wishes!
03-18-2010 01:38 PM
Phantman
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Originally Posted by seafrontiersman View Post
I tore the galley out of mine and I'm in the process of re-doing it from scratch,
Hey Mike, how's your galley project coming along?
I removed mine and put it in storage for use later if I need it. It goes in/out fairly quickly and easily. But I've been considering completely re-doing mine as well, although it's not high on the priority list. I'd rather locate it near the companionway and maybe design it to slide back into the quarter berth similar to a Catalina 22 arrangement.

I'm also interested in your bridge deck traveler project. Have you made a decision on that? That's one I'm considering too, although I'm thinking just the addition of a boom vang would alleviate some of the Crosby Rig's downside. Another arrangement I'm considering it just moving the Crosby Rig to the top of the cabin over the companionway hatch. I've seen photos of a W25 with that arrangement (although it appears to be a double ended system) but I haven't talked to the owner about it yet.

Rick
02-05-2010 05:18 PM
Phantman Well..... I uploaded a photo but it didn't post here so I have NO clue where it went lol!
02-05-2010 05:17 PM
Phantman
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Originally Posted by LeeBee View Post
She needs a good scrubbing down and some running rigging but overall good condition but stripped down.
I hope to add a sink and coleman stove mount
I don't know how to post a photo but I'll be glad to email one of the galley in my boat. There's not much to it besides a sink and room on a counter top for a stove and/or other items. But you're right, that portside thru hull is the drain for the sink. Wait a second. I see a button down there that may add a photo for me. Wish me luck.

My boat is stripped down too. Apparently came from the factory with only Bullseye fairleads to be used as Jib Sheet leads. There's no Jib Sheet Track at all. I've been looking for some specs or photos or anything I can find to serve as a guide for adding tracks but no luck yet. And I'd like to do something about the Mainsheet system as well but I haven't decided yet what I want. Maybe a Bridgedeck Traveler. I'd like to see some photos of that too though, before I start drilling holes.
02-04-2010 01:09 PM
seafrontiersman I tore the galley out of mine and I'm in the process of re-doing it from scratch, I HATED the one which was in there originally. A good source for information for you would be the Watkins Owners website, Watkins* Owners Home Page. Lots of pictures and great info. If I can be of service to you, please don't hesitate to contact me. You've got a great boat there!

Mike
02-04-2010 12:50 PM
LeeBee
More Watkins 23"s

I know this is an old thread but I have been searching for Watkins 23 info after buying one out of the water near Tampa Bay. I am hoping to get her home next week with a trailer I have found to begin cleaning her up. We motored her to a marina a few miles from where she sat in shallow water for a year with the mast down and a good sign was that all the water stayed on the outside.
She needs a good scrubbing down and some running rigging but overall good condition but stripped down.
I hope to add a sink and coleman stove mount as well as an outside shower and BBQ.
I believe that with the trailer I will scrape her bottom and repaint without bottom paint as she is destined to be a trailer sailer for sure.
If anyone can post some inside pics for design of a galley set-up I would appreciate it. I have a through hull fitting on the port side where i assume it should go.

Thanks in advance,
Lee
07-10-2009 11:46 PM
Phantman
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Originally Posted by seafrontiersman View Post
How is your re-fit going?
Oddly enough, I joined this site this afternoon. I stumbled onto it when I Googled for information about my outboard. And when I found the "Watkins" section, I naturally had to have a peek. The odd part is, I think I may be the new owner of the subject boat in this thread. At least I bought it from a "Cory" in Destin a few weeks ago. It's a 23' Watkins. How many "Corys" in Destin could there be with a 23' Watkins! LoL!
So to continue with the discussion, the refit is going just fine lol!
Well, sorta fine. I really haven't had much time to fiddle with it since I bought it. I hope that will change over the next few weeks though. I have a number of minor projects on my list that I'd like to complete before I start using the boat regularly. And some major projects for when some money falls out of the sky and into my lap.
In the time I've spent with her though, I've found no surprises. And I too am glad I bought her and glad to have her.
I hope we can stay in touch and possibly get in touch with other W23 owners as well. It's always good to swap stories and tips with fellow Watkins owners.
Rick
07-10-2009 11:21 PM
seafrontiersman How is your re-fit going? I've been sailing mine for a couple of months now and I couldn't be more pleased! She is very forgiving and a real daisy on a run or a reach; she also points up better than I expected and on all points of sail she is really comfortable. With a Genoa hoisted, she comes up to hull speed on a close reach quickly. I'm very happy I bought this boat!

Mike
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