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09-17-2011 11:18 PM
seafrontiersman To all my SAILNET friends.....

Due to my recent divorce, I am letting my Watkins 23 XL go, it is moored (at a rate of $125/month in Green Cove Springs, Fl. and it is 4 months behind on slip fees. I want to do the right thing by the marina owner and the first person who wants it can have it if they will pay the back fees.

The vessel is in good shape and sails well, I was in mid re-fit when my circumstances changed. She has no engine but the Main is 3 years old and in exellent shape and she has a good genoa and a servicible working jib. You can see pictures of her in my profile.

The first one to contact me gets me here for contact info.
08-07-2009 04:07 PM
seafrontiersman I've been sailing my W-23 for a few months and I just love this boat. I do have a question for anyone out there though. I've been trying to install a plate for my mast where the track opens up to accept the sail slugs/ boom. I fabricated one out of pretty thin (1/16") aluminum and used the old holes in the mast with slightly larger heads and it works pretty well. I still have to leave the cockpit to raise the main because it jams and the bottom slug will sometimes slide out of the track. I have some more substantial aluminum plate and I thought it might just be a matter of putting a stronger plate in and smoothing everything out. Has anyone got any advise for me? Thanks in advance!
03-10-2009 08:51 PM
seafrontiersman I've got a good bit of work done in the last week, I re-bedded and installed pressure treated wood backup plates under the bow cleat and all the stanchions; I also installed a new centerboard winch, sanded and faired the sides and deck with West system high density filler. I then painted the sides with two coats of Petit easypoxy bikini blue paint; I rolled and tipped the paint and sanded between coats with 220 grit. It came out great and I've got some good photos which I'll post as soon as my IT department (wife) shows me how to post photos here.

I'm going to sea tomorrow evening so I'll have to continue the refit when I come back the first week of April...good luck to all!

03-08-2009 11:04 PM
seafrontiersman Thanks for the info on the main sail BC! I've been taking advantage of the great weather to sand and paint my hull with Petit Easypoxy paint. One quart will more than paint the hull and it covers well; I'll let you know how it holds up in the fall.

I hope to launch the last week in May and I'll have some photos posted soon

03-03-2009 12:57 AM
BigCountryEsq Hey Mate,

I live over in Merritt Island and recently picked up a W23 myself.

Maybe we can share some insight to one another.

03-01-2009 08:20 PM
Watkins 23 refit

I just bought a 1978 Watkins 23 XL and Im in the process of restoring her. I'm very impressd with the ruggedness of her design and how well she's stood not being particularly well cared for. The only modification I can think of right now is I plan to install a traveler on the bridge deck. The main sheet leads to two blocks on the transom.

I live in Orange Park, Fl. and I'll be doing this on my time off duty (I'm a Merchant Mariner) and on a budget, I hope to launch the last week of May! Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can give me.

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