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Other than the packing, a wear item, what else can fail on a stuffing box?
It's made out of plain old steel and badly rusted.
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Hello Mike,

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
Chad,

I am sorry that I missed your response to my post.

Did you get the rudder stuffing box fixed yet? I looked at mine, I think the steel part your are talking about is the support that kind of looks like an I-beam running foe to aft. From what I can tell, mine looks good. Do you know is there are any grease fittings on the rudder/linkage. I haven't looked closely. My wheel squeaks when it is turned, makes me nervous.

I justused some 3M 4000 UV around my wires where they come up through the cabin to the mast. I'm thinking, I'll be doing a more permanent repair when Itake the mast off (probably in two years).

Did you change out your portlights? How was that?

This is what I have done this winter:
1) redid much of the wiring
2) replaced grab rails
3) removed head, new composting toilet to be installed
4) repaired the forward head bulkhead

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I haven't done anything yet really vehicle repairs have stolen money from the repair fund.

I don't expect the portlight replacement to be much hassle since it should just be removing some screws, cleaning, resealing/replacing and putting the screws back in. I plan on ordering the portlights by the end of this month.

Hopefully I can have it hauled out before the end of may and then hopefully complete all of the work that needs to be done out of the water completed within two weeks. A strict timetable is important for me since I most likely will have to find somewhere to stay, I live on the boat, while it's hauled out.

I need to replace some wiring but due to money constraints I'll likely end up just doing some wiring repairs where absolutely necessary.
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Chad,

Do you have a yard that allows liveaboards while on hard? We have one near us, maybe you have one in Elizabeth City.

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I bought an '88 Watkins 30 about a year ago. The boat was in great shape, just needing some bright work. The one issue is rain leaks, some fro stations and fittings that are and easy fix, but the real issue is the portlights. The is no identification, but most are telling me that they look like Luwmars. My research reports Bowman as being used in the later 80s. Starting to reset the ports and need to replace gaskets. Any thoughts.
Go to the Watkins Owners Yahoo group...there are alot of owners there that have already done what you are planning and can help....also look at Watkins* Owners Home Page On the left side of the page there are links to parts suppliers.
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I bought an '88 Watkins 30 about a year ago. The boat was in great shape, just needing some bright work. The one issue is rain leaks, some fro stations and fittings that are and easy fix, but the real issue is the portlights. The is no identification, but most are telling me that they look like Luwmars. My research reports Bowman as being used in the later 80s. Starting to reset the ports and need to replace gaskets. Any thoughts.
Gary,

Where did you buy your boat?? I was looking at a W30 also around that time... the one I was interested in was in Titusville, Florida.

As I cast off for that very first time,
The "rope" in my hand has now become "line".
And hauling the sails to the top of the mast,
That "rope", now a "halyard" holds strong, taught and fast.
Then sailing in brisk winds full force on a beat.
The sails are trimmed in by that "rope" that's a "sheet".
And now at my anchorage with sails safely stowed,
I trust in that "rope" that now serves as a "rode".
Through all my life I will never lose hope,
Of a reason or time to play with a rope.
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I am working on my 1980 Watkins 27 and find the Yahoo group very helpful. I have been blogging about the plethora of work I have been doing on my boat Bigtooth. http://ourbigtooth.blogspot.com/?m=1
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I am working on my 1980 Watkins 27 and find the Yahoo group very helpful. I have been blogging about the plethora of work I have been doing on my boat Bigtooth. Bigtooth - A Watkins 27 Journal

I have been following your work with interest. Unfortunately, I don't have the skill, patience, money, or time to duplicate your effort. I'm just hoping to get out on the water safely without someone thinking that mine is a derelict boat that someone has abandoned.

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Re: Watkins - A good old boat.

All this work/planning gain' on makes me fell like a slacker.
Oh, yeah! Electrical stuff needs done , too! *kicks. self in a$$* But gotta do/finish glass work first and foremost...LOL

Gonna go down this Tuesday for the duration; with many trips back to "base" for items needful and forgotten. Haven't been down since early Jan., so there's liable to be quite a bit to do:
recommission engine, to move boat to home dockage
re-comm balance of winterized stuff
re-stock consumables
clean and clean again
plus alla the other stuff needing done on a regular basis

Y'all have a great season. Keep posting as to goings on. It keeps me on track

Beast,
Paul

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Hi all. I'm considering the purchase of a Watkins 33 to utilize as a liveaboard, but ideally I would like for my boat to also be capable of extended trips, say the Bahamas and points south through the Carribean (from Florida). I see Cosmomariner started this post years back with the opinion that with the right prep, blue water passages are feasible. What do you think?
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