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S2 27 vs Watkins 27

I know these are two very different boats, but as far as build quality, reliability and sturdiness goes, which would you pick and why? I am looking at a 1980 Watkins 27 and a 1987 S2 27...both with inboard diesels.
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S2 27 vs Watkins 27

Hmm....really don''t know the S2, but I had a 1980 Watkins 27. I thought it was very sturdy/solid boat for the money. For instance take a look at the size of the spars and the standing rigging as compared to other 27 foot boats its a bit oversized. In fact when I was going to put roller furling on, the people at Shaeffer were amazed at the size forestay I had on and actually sent me the incorrect sized parts.

Build quality of the Watkins is middle of the road. I think Watkins made a conscious decision to put the build costs into a solid boat with out a lot of "pretty frills" (such as teak or wood flooring which I am sure you''ve noticed). But important things like the great 1 1/2 inch solid teak anchor platform roller.

I had it 8 years and I though it was fairly reliable basic boat. Never had anything about the boat "break". I have fond memories and miss the boat and always felt comfortable that it would get me home "safe".

I sold the boat to get a bigger boat (C36) and wanted a walk through transom for fun easy coastal cruising with kids/dogs

(ps I had the 15 HP raw water cooled Yanmar 2QM15 -- it was a bit hard to start sometimes, but once running it was a great running engine and it would probably go another 20 years )
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S2 27 vs Watkins 27

No comparison....the S2 of course.....it''s a BMW and the Watkins is a Chev. The S2 is faster, built better.......I had a CC 30 for years and wish I still had it. I have seen the tail end of many S2''s while racing since.
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