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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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Slugs for the mainsail
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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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