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08-14-2012 12:23 PM
CapnBilll
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

I'd take that boat for $1500. The only reason I bought a smaller boat was so I could trailer it.
08-14-2012 12:08 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by smallboatlover View Post
wow really nice better thenmy 27' i love the steering wheel and the inside
Don't be dissin' your boat. She can hear you!

A tiller is better on a boat your size, trust me. I'm 30' and 8500lbs and I have a tiller. If I bought a Catalina 30, that's 10,000lbs. and I'd still have a tiller.
08-11-2012 10:53 PM
fangjangler
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

Well, it definitely needs some work. There are a few places on the deck that need new gelcoat and running lights don't work, but everything is pretty solid.
08-11-2012 10:51 PM
smallboatlover
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

wow really nice better thenmy 27' i love the steering wheel and the inside
08-11-2012 10:39 PM
fangjangler
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

A couple pics of the $1,500 boat.



08-07-2012 03:46 PM
johnnyquest37
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

Congrats. The dinghy and motor could be worth the entire price you paid.

I once told a guy that I could not in good conscience sell him my car, but I could sell him the tires for $800 and throw in the car. He took it.
08-07-2012 03:42 PM
fangjangler
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

I bought the Watkins 27 for $1,500. Came with a dinghy w/ a small Evinrude outboard. My next step is to sail it from Sebasco Harbor to Eagle Island, which is approximately 10 nautical miles. I have a few friends that are willing to crew with me, so hopefully things will go well. VHF, compass, 9.9 outboard, lights, solar panel, two stoves, bottle of Dos Equis, head, working water system, roller furler, nice cushions, two anchors(25lb plow and smaller Danforth), etc...
07-31-2012 08:10 AM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

I looked into a Watkins for a friend. They are a lot of boat for their size, but the sailing area:displacement ratio is low, so they'll require a breeze to get moving.

I owned a Coronado 25. It's not a great light-air boat, but it'll be better than the Watkins in a light breeze. The cons are: it's 2 feet narrower than the Watkins, and shorter, so there's less space. The smaller volume is compounded by the poor use of space down below. There's a lot of wasted space.

I guess if there's usually a decent breeze at your island, and you're not looking to race, the Watkins is the better boat out of the choices you've listed.
07-31-2012 08:00 AM
fangjangler
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

The Watkins is $1500. It's being sold by someone that I know. There isn't a lot in my price range. I have looked at a bunch of boats: Catalina 22, O'Day 22, O'Day tempest 23, Coronado 25, and the Watkins 27. I am looking for a solid boat that is cheap, even if it needs some tinkering. I need a hobby out here on the island. It gets awfully lonely at times.
07-30-2012 12:45 PM
chuck53
Re: Watkins 27 Second First Boat

What else have you looked at? There's bound to be more than 2 sailboats in your area for sale. Don't stop at just 2, even if you have to drive a little further.
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