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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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