I pulled the trigger today on a 1979 Watkins 27. Another old Marine
vet bought it two years ago as a project
(he lives aboard his 30' Tartan) and, at 82 y/o, has decided he's getting too old for sailboats and is swallowing the hook.
He's already done much of the tedious and expensive work. She has a fresh $3k bottom paint
job, a 12HP Yanmar
steps, tiller steering
(most of these were equipped with Edson
wheels), and some nicely done interior
She will henceforth be known as 'Usquebaugh', a Gaelic term which translates literally as 'Water of Life' but more commonly as 'Whiskey'
She lies in a fresh water
lake an hours drive from me. I'll keep her there while I work on her and, around October, have her trucked to the gulf coast
WATKINS 27 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com