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Watkins - A good old boat.

Naval architect Ted Brewer reviewed the Watkins 29 last year in Good old Boat magazine. His conclusion was that while this boat was designed as a coastal cruiser with proper preparation and an experienced crew it could make blue water passages. This is typical of the Watkins line. While Watkins stopped making boats in 1990, there is a devoted following of Watkins owners nation wide who are buying up old Watkins models from 17' to 36 ' and restoring them to like new condition. Why? Because they're worth it! I have a 1987 Watkins 25' that we bought new at a boat show. We sailed it for 5 years on Lake Lanier, GA and the rest of the time she has been in salt water from FL to NC and performed admirably in all circumstances. She still looks boat show new in spite of hard use and weathering the 1993 Storm of the Century on the Gulf coast of Florida. We are planning to take 'Wu-Hsin' to the Bahamas next year for a 6 month cruise. Our son took his 1979 Watkins 27' 'Walkabout' to the Bahamas leaving Morehead City, NC on 11/29/05 and returning to Charleston, SC 179 days later. This included 2 crossings of the Gulf Stream the return being a 6 day non stop single handed open ocean leg directly from the Abacos to Charleston. There are two mutually supporting Watkins websites, http://watkinsowners.com/ which has a wealth of technical information about each of the Watkins lines as well as history of the company and http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/watkins/ which has an active subscribership of over 400 Watkins owners sharing maintenance, restoration and upgrade information. Both sites have excellent pictures of the boats and annual raft-ups. This year there will be the 5th Annual Watkins Owners Raft-up in the Chesapeake Bay. It is a great bunch of sailors in terrific boats.

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Watkins 23 xl

I just bought a Watkins 23 XL sailboat and I'm in the process of refitting her, I need a new mainsail. Could anyone tell me whether the original main had a boltrope or slugs?

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owner's manual?

I just bought a '78 Watkins 27 that is in pretty good shape, but I can't find an owner's manual anywhere online. I found the tech specs on the watkins webpage, but was hoping someone had a copy of the original manual. I'd gladly pay someone to copy it at Kinko's and send it to me if it's not online anywhere. Any ideas?
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Re: Watkins - A good old boat.

I also just bought a '83 Watkins 25 and they seem to be very solid. Slow, but well built. I plan to do a few trips from south Florida to Bahamas so we will see how it holds up.
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Re: Watkins - A good old boat.

I bought an '88 Watkins 30 about a year ago. The boat was in great shape, just needing some bright work. The one issue is rain leaks, some fro stations and fittings that are and easy fix, but the real issue is the portlights. The is no identification, but most are telling me that they look like Luwmars. My research reports Bowman as being used in the later 80s. Starting to reset the ports and need to replace gaskets. Any thoughts.
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Re: Watkins - A good old boat.

I have a '79 27' and will be replacing the two old portlights this spring, I'm going to go with the Bomars.

I've also got some leaks from around the mast/mast wiring to address and possibly some of the stanchions.

Plus I have to figure out why the steaming light and the spreader lights do not work and replace the rudder stuffing box.
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I have a '79 27' and will be replacing the two old portlights this spring, I'm going to go with the Bomars.

I've also got some leaks from around the mast/mast wiring to address and possibly some of the stanchions.

Plus I have to figure out why the steaming light and the spreader lights do not work and replace the rudder stuffing box.
I've also got some leaks from around the mast/mast wiring to address and possibly some of the stanchions.

Plus I have to figure out why the steaming light and the spreader lights do not work and replace the rudder stuffing box.[/QUOTE]

Chad,

I have seen you post on a couple of sites. I recently bought a 79 Watkins 27 and will be doing some "upgrades", not a restoration but trying to make the boat safe and somewhat comfortable. I suspect I will rebed everything and change the portlights, too. I live near Oriental, NC. I will post some of my experiences probably on the Yahoo owners group. Please post your experiences as well (like which portlights you are going to use).

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Chad,

I have seen you post on a couple of sites. I recently bought a 79 Watkins 27 and will be doing some "upgrades", not a restoration but trying to make the boat safe and somewhat comfortable. I suspect I will rebed everything and change the portlights, too. I live near Oriental, NC. I will post some of my experiences probably on the Yahoo owners group. Please post your experiences as well (like which portlights you are going to use).

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Hello Mike,

The portlights that I'm planning on using are these.

I've got a new halyard waiting to be installed and will be purchasing a new mainsheet line soon.
I just purchased two new Lewmar #7 winches for the headsail.
I'll be purchasing the bottom paint next week, I haven't really decided what I'll be using yet but I'll post up which brand I choose.
I think that the leak around the mast is coming from where the electrical wires come out of the mast and go into the cabin top so I'll be looking into that while I'm looking into why the steaming light and spreader lights don't work, hopefully just new bulbs are needed.
I will be sending off the headsail for cleaning and repair once I have the money for that.
The real tough one is the rudder stuffing box that needs replacing since I don't really know what kind I should replace it with so I'll probably have to wait until it's out of the water and I drop the rudder out and remove the stuffing box before I know. I'll post up a picture of the stuffing box once I clean out some space so I can crawl in there and get to it.

I hope to pull the boat around the end of April and get started, if money allows
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Re: Watkins - A good old boat.

Other than the packing, a wear item, what else can fail on a stuffing box?
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