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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Update:
Got out several times last w/e and twice this past. Seems the engine problems have been resolved with a proper switch on the glow plugs and the new suction/vacuum break on the exhaust.
Yippee!! mo' time actually sailing!
Had a colleague and spouse out this morning. Quiet, 3 kt breeze and glassy smooth waters for their first time aboard a sailboat. Managed to show them about AND hooked them on (almost) silent movement They grinned like Cheshires the whole time...priceless
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Sad, indeed it is, when ya hafta put the boat for the winter!
I needed to move to a Wintering slip last week. Came up suddenly, as I was "bending" the floating dock where I was. The slip owner mentioned a marina just up-rive that is usually very spendy. I called and got the "Chinese menu" of wintering prices. I settled on a bubbled slip for a mere $513 for the off season. Same slip would be $3500 for the 'season' !!!!!!
Arrived at the old dock at 9:30 and spent near a half hour to start he recalcitrant (cold) diesel. Once I warmed her up, I plodded slowly thru the thin ice of the fairway and motored past the empty mooring field and the few boats still in slips at the surrounding marina. Once out on the river proper, the water was like a sheet of glass.
I tried to time it that I'd have enuff water under the keel to get in w/o dealing with low tide at 1:37. Backed in on the first go and had her tied up well before the keel hit bottom.
I ned to get down and check her this week ; but the WX isn;t conducive to driving to the Bay just now. Perhaps when it stops snowing?? Had plans to cover her; but it appears that I missed THAT boat and might as well let her naked for the balance of the year. Who knows?
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Trying pic.
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No joy wIMG. Just a blue?

THe above pic was from several weeks ago.. We went downfor a dockmate's funeral and figger'd we'd go see tha boat.
A bit of ice on the fairway; but none aboutthe hull. All belowOK; but for a non-functioning auto-bilge switch. 2 1/2 months with only a gallon or so in bilgi is an great.

Have a deal working for a (almost) new FX main, spare 120 jib and four others.
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! What a Winter
Moved the Chrysalis to home port on 03/31. Came in to a still-broken section.. Oh well?! Went down todyt to square her away and re-commission the water system and such.Couldn'tfigger out why the pump was giving spurts and spit till I realized the tank-to-pump line was still off. D'Oh! Then,got busy scoping out the auto-bilge switch when water trickling sound informed me the. tankage was overfilling. Good thing the bilge pump was working and the salon deck needed mopping anyway.
Sails and rigging installed and run up'n'down.. A-OK. Next was the new,re-purposed old man as a cockpit/boom tent/cover . An original main was right wore out, so I disected it and sewed it back together as a. 9x12 tarp, complete with hi-tensile nylon tape in the hem and new brass grommets. The velcro seam around the boom tag and backstay worked out perfectly! when stayed out to the tops ofthe stanchions, it covers everything within the coamin and runs from the stern coaming to ahead of the open hatch by enuf to keep all but the worst storms out. If I drop the lines down to the toe-rail, it'll pretty much storm-proof the cockpit; except for the open ends. It was a bright,breezy day and the white,filtered light was shady enough to let us cool our heels between projects. Next project is the fiberglass pole system, replacing the boom ridge, to haul it higher with the main halyard and create much more headroom ..

Looks like the week after Easter will be our 2014 inaugural sail.. Here's looking towards a greatsailing season!
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Great ttime out the last two weekends . Last Saturday. was near perfect for an inaugural sail. Winds up to 10 sustained and near flat water. Made it over 5KT a lot and broke 5.5 kt for a bit;a new high for me and the.boat. Had to figure a new dock approach with W winds. Ended up just skid-steering it straight in the fairway, past the opposing piling and hard-about to slide right up to the floater.
Spent Sun. finishing the sewing on the new/old sailcloth cockpit gear bags. One 3x12x10 for each side lower of the companionway and one 6x6x18 for the aft coaming and the mainsheet. Even managed to make major repairs to the beat-up sail cover. It ain;;t real pretty; but should be functional.
Plans are tosailtheSummer through and put up for the winter again. Once '15 arrives, I'll make more firm plans to abscond South.
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Been busy the past month. Mostly sailing
Picked up a like-new F (damm'd broken key) Echs mainand a buncha other mismatched jibs and mains. Had a board-buddy from another venue gift a pile of sailing gear.
Since all on-board systems are ship-shape, I've moved on to kicking around interior additions. Gotta have *something* to do between bouts of sail time!

W/E of 6-14 was full of firsts. First overnight from dock. First longish trip; eight miles one way ! First "bridging"; in high. winds and floodcurrents. M. an! is*that* scary, even with ten feet to spare. . First docking at a strange port; let alone an end-of-T bulkhead/cage slip . Quite sucsessfully,if I do say. Departure was perfect as well. First time rowing the dink out for it's intended use, other than exercise; and back, while a few sheets let out to the wind AND staying dry ! :First meet-up with the several hearty souls at the "First Annual. Sail Net North Chessie Rendezvous and International Soiree". First trip through. the thin water at the head of The Flats, maintaining nav while motoringinto up-to 25 kt headwinds.

Other than the dunderhead PBs that near ran us down a few weeks ago and almost dumped First Mate out ta the boat....

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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Spent the weekend of the Fourth aboard. Wind was dicey thrs an Fri; but we managed to get out later. Sunday was perfect, so we motored off t the other side of the estuary to scope out a place to watch the fireworks.
As we approached, theexhaust sounded a different note! "Bla-a-a-p,instead of "Blu-u-urp..I checked the outlet an. saw very littlewater..Decided to. limp back toMarina; but considered better band anchored in the far mooring field.

I had the day before checked the inlet filter,so THAT couldn't be it. I pulled hoses to find the culprit and ended. that theseacock was clogged. quick swipe with the electrician's fish-tape and all was good. Went on to check the impeller and found thatbeven after a. month since last an. theslight term running. dry; i. wasfine.

By the time I hoisted the anchor, the wind was piping UP..again!. and decided to call it a day.. Pulled straight into the dock, so I could dive on the T-hull and check it. A-OK, so I went on to scrub the hull.
Boy! Does the dock-side ever get dirty!

Spent the balance of timeputtering about.. Set the mounts for the spare anchor on the stern rail, using the defunct cowl vent hole in the coaming to slide the rode/chain and shaft down into the empty space. Need a piece of three inch PVC to line it yeand a 2by four or so to separate the. rode/chain fromthey hoses and suchh.
Spare jibs from the recent purchase were hoisted at dock; but not a chance to fly 'em for real. One might workout as a 100%er, but the clew is cut relatively high. The rest are roller types and would need to be set up for hanks. oh well
Funniest moment was while cleanuing the transom, the bilgpump decided to pi$$ all over me.. Thank goodness the bilge is clean! ;

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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Tickled pink with my newly made and installed companion way hatch "doors". Spent half that night fascinatedly opening and closing with a huge grin. No more drop-boards to foul the opening. Yay!
Gluing the HDPE material with WS 655 was an exercise in goo application,. Thickened as it is; it *still* get in places it shouldn't! . Only time will. tell if it holds as adverttized. Still. haft a order "removable" hinges. but that can wait.
Parts fashioned and mostly fittedassembled for the sailpkg. foprthe WB dink. Onc. set,I'llcoat with epoxy and then varnish. Only need to get rigging sorted after that. Might just get to sail it this year!

Had to give the drip seal on the prop sshaft a sixth of a twist this w/e too. I suspect that next season's opening procedures will include a new flax job on the seal..
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Re: Going to look at a Watkins 27.....

Wow! Where'd the season go?

*finally* got some pix in the album. Checkum out
Lotsa projects started and a few completed. Many miles under the keel; so not as many finished as expected
Bimmie frame got blue poly onnit as template and to contemplate, too.

Dunno if I'll come out this Winter or not?! Paint's fair and she's not leaking anywhere, so.....
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