Been an owner of an '81 W27 for about a year and a half....it has taken me from Delaware down to Long Island, Bahamas and now on it's way back....the boat is SOLID...as mentioned above, leaky stanchions...nothing some scouting during the rain and 5200 couldnt solve....soft spots in the foredeck....Yanmar diesel is very reliable...engine compartment is a little tight when changing gear oil and tightening packing nuts...plenty of storage...most people think its at least a 30 due to the beaminess...and the cabin space is unbeatable for a 27....as long as you balance your stores....she will track very well (24hrs with tiller simply lashed making 7kts COG on sail from Lake Worth to St. Aug)...boat is over rigged, witch is not a bad thing in my opinion....larger running and standing rigging then most 27's....knock on wood, ive not had any of the rudder post issues....hope you find that place to keep her...without losing any of your anatomy...
01-02-2011 03:27 PM
I love my watkins 27 I live in pensacola, Fl and have the CB model and I am working on setting it up for living on. Nice heavy built boat check for the usual wiring and soft spots although on the top deck of the cabin there usually are a few spots that feel soft but are not really soft every w27 have been on has the same thing and the surveyor told me thats just how they are. Very good sailing boat, not going to set any speed records but great fun boat. The cockpit is a very wide cockpit so I use fenders to hold myself in the seat when healed over. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
12-23-2010 04:39 PM
You must have found the discount dock space! Its always cost me both in the past!
12-19-2010 07:30 AM
In your area seldom costs first born,usually left testicle.marc
12-18-2010 06:03 PM
Im in South Florida....Ft. Lauderdale..
12-18-2010 10:20 AM
where are you?
12-11-2010 01:20 PM
Considering a Watkins 27
I found a really sweet Watkins 27 for sale and Im seriously considering making an offer. That is, if I can find some safe mooring or dock space that wont cost me my first born...the thought of putting out $300 a month for dockspace really gets me. Have to figure out a mooring location..but thats another story.
What are the typical problem spots I should look for when inspecting the boat...Ive heard that the life line stanchions often leak and have heard of rudder post and fuel tank issues....any others??