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Old 10-03-2013, 15:03   #1
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She's mine

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, mast steps, tiller steering (most of these were equipped with Edson wheels), and some nicely done interior woodwork.

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

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Old 10-03-2013, 15:23   #2
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Congratulations! She looks very nice! These are tough little boats.

Fair winds and following seas.

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Old 10-03-2013, 15:25   #3
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She looks great! That heads compartment is huge (in a good way)...
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Old 10-03-2013, 15:26   #4
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Enjoy and be careful!
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Old 10-03-2013, 15:35   #5
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Congrats! I've heard those are pretty good boats.
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Congrats. She's a nice boat and you can take her anywhere. Fair winds.Al
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Congratulations! Now that she's yours...come October...Tahiti or Bust! Perfect time for sailing in the Southern Hemisphere. Mauritz
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Old 10-03-2013, 15:50   #8
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Congrats!!

Looks like she's been modified a little over the years.. And thats quite a holding tank installation you have there, originally the tank was under the port setee, it worked well there too, guess the tank wasn't big enough for somebody along the way. I have owned two of these Watkins 27's over the years and now have a Watkins 29, they are great boats, pretty well put together too. There is a very good Watkins owners group on Yahoo that is very active, they will gladly answer any questions you may have. Good luck with the renovation.
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Old 10-03-2013, 16:49   #10
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And thats quite a holding tank installation you have there
Yeah. Correcting THAT cockup is not a project I look forward to :/
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A day on a boat is better than a day in the office! Enjoy your sailings! T's gonna be one great sailing summer pretty soon.

Congrats!

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Congrats...You're on your way now!!!
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