It looks like I will be taking title to my uncles 1981 Watkins 27' with the Shaol keel
From what I've read it could be a dog in light air or going into the wind
. But I think it will be a good first boat
I plan on taking some sailing lessons
as I haven't been sailing since I was a young teenager.
The main reason I am looking to get into this boat
is to dock
it in Buffalo, NY near some of all the new attractions and rent it on Airbnb as a fun little side thing. (and a good excuse to get into sailing).
I'd love to hear peoples thoughts on the Watkin's 27 with the 8hp diesel
inboard. and the prospect of the airbnb rental for boat camping, definitely an outdoor experience, a step below glamping.
I plan to sail the boat from Henderson Harbor, across ontario
and into the welland canal
. Further planning may make us have to drop mass and motor
through the erie canal
if welland is as backed up as I believe it to be currently. And don't worry I will have some experience people sailing and relearning me on the way!
In a separate note a business contact of mine just offered to sign over an earl 70s 27' Catalina
to me for use in the Airbnb idea, alternatively I told him my brother was looking to get into a ship to sail. He said the interior
will need refinished but other than that it is sail ready. My brother is going to take a surveyor
and check it out.
We plan on sailing together some and doing some Great Lakes
cruises. and then maybe sometime taking (years from now, I'm almost 28 he is 22 and we have some hard working years a head
of us) one of them down the intercostal to the keys or bahamas
for an experience.
I believe it was somewhere on this forum I read a post about the ritual needed to rename a boat, I am all ears on people's suggestions there. The GL can become very unforgiving as an In land Sea.