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).
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