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I just bought a 1984 watkins 29, and have sailed her 4 times, great boat!! the doctor that owned the boat had a stroke, and was un-able to tell me much about the boat, and if there is anyone that could answer one guestion!!where the heck is the fuel gage??. the boat was in water when bought and I was not sure of how much fuel was there , to the point of not knowing if I had enough fuel to make it to the fuel dock. and I know that I should not fuel in the slip (go Green) but I did re-fuel with 2 Gal. I find it hard to beleive that any one would build boat without one. Also if anyone has a owners manual on this boat and could find it in there heart to let me know , I would be more than happy to pay for all copying /mailing cost. a little on me ------I have been sailing since I was 12 --2 sunfish-- 2 hobie 14 -- 3 hobie 16-- I built 27 ft. sloop and sailed out of ST. joe mi. for 6 years . crewed on a 30ft out of same harbor, retired Navy chief 21 years, well folks, I hope to hear anything about this boat Seabee
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The W29 was first introduced in 1984. In 1988 the rear transom was slightly changed from nearly vertical to a reverse style and the model designator changed to W30. The W30 model continued in production until the factory closed. The last known Watkins boat to be built by the factory was a W30 whose hull was molded in April of 1989 as a 1990 model. Total production of the W29 & W30 was 88 boats. At least 60 of the total were W29’s leaving less than 28 which could be W30’s.



The boat is sloop rigged with a 4’ draft and a skeg mounted rudder. Her interior offers accommodations for five including a quarter berth with the option of a pull out double berth to port. Standard items includes diesel engine, pressure water, shower, eight opening ports, bulkhead mounted dining table and shore power. The galley is to starboard with a sink, stove, icebox and storage. There is a hanging locker opposite of the head forward. Headroom is 6’3” and her mast height above DWL is 40’1”.


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thank you for your input, I had gone to the watkins owners web page and had many hours of looking before buy,including good old boat review. and had found out much about the boat, except for fuel gage location and if I could find factory owners manual some where out there in the great devine. was out sunday in 15 to 18 knot winds under full 130 jib and full main, 1ft or less wave , had grandson and new wife with us , stayed out about 6hrs, great sunny sailing day-- again thanks for your input Mike (seabee)
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Mike,

I have a watkins 29 myself. great boat. the fuel gauge on mine is located on top of the fuel tank. to view it, i must unscrew a deckplate located in the cockpit (forward of the steering pedestal), and look down to the top of the tank. any other questions you have, let me know!

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thanks for the info Rduggins, went to the boat this morning and what I had thought was just a fitting on the top of the tank, was after i wiped off the dirt was low and behold the fuel gage. oh happy days . the gage is about the size of a 50 cent piece and very hard to read, so I made a little wire sling and put my 3 inch map mag and lowerd it over the small gage and wa-la thanks again --Seabee
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I just bought a 1984 watkins 29, and have sailed her 4 times, great boat!! the doctor that owned the boat had a stroke, and was un-able to tell me much about the boat, and if there is anyone that could answer one guestion!!where the heck is the fuel gage??. the boat was in water when bought and I was not sure of how much fuel was there , to the point of not knowing if I had enough fuel to make it to the fuel dock. and I know that I should not fuel in the slip (go Green) but I did re-fuel with 2 Gal. I find it hard to beleive that any one would build boat without one. Also if anyone has a owners manual on this boat and could find it in there heart to let me know , I would be more than happy to pay for all copying /mailing cost. a little on me ------I have been sailing since I was 12 --2 sunfish-- 2 hobie 14 -- 3 hobie 16-- I built 27 ft. sloop and sailed out of ST. joe mi. for 6 years . crewed on a 30ft out of same harbor, retired Navy chief 21 years, well folks, I hope to hear anything about this boat Seabee
Hey Mike--

I purchased a 1986 Watkins 29 in June. Had an awesome summer with her. She is sitting on the hard for the winter. I have a 2GM20 manual... but no boat manual. If you come across a "boat manual" please let me know. Love to get my hands on one.

I see you got the fuel issue resolved. She sips fuel. I used 7 Gallons all summer.

Thanks,

Ron
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