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Watkins 23, 1980, Rochester, New York, $5,400, Price reduced 2/14/11 to $4,650, SOLD 5/16/11

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Watkins 23, 1980

Designed & Built by Watkins Brothers (the poor man's Island Packet)

  • LOA 23'0"
  • DWL - 19'8"
  • Beam - 8'0"
  • Draft Centerboard Up - 1' 6"
  • Draft Centerboard Down - 6'0"
  • Fully retracting & self protecting centerboard
  • Displacement - 2,500 lbs
  • Sail Area (total) 227 Sq Ft
  • Cockpit Length - 6' 10"
  • Bare glass hull - waxed finish, never barrier coated. Boat only dry sailed from trailer. Never left in water.

  • Fresh water sailed
  • Easily trailerable sloop
  • 2 persons can step mast & rig in less than 30 minutes and be on the water.
  • Self righting & self bailing
  • 6 HP Johnson Outboard
  • Original Dacron Battened Mail and Jib in good condition
  • Rigging and sheets in good condition
  • Cockpit ice chest
  • Cockpit sail locker w/security hasp
  • Rub Rail & Hull Joint re-bedded/stainless riveted 2008
  • Teak and Mahogany handholds, hatch cover rails & companion way boards varnished 2010
  • Forward Hatch - Re-bedded 2008
  • All topside hardware re-bedded 2008
  • Outboard Motor Mount re-bedded and backed 2008
  • Custom handmade tiller handle
  • All fiberglass inner hull & headliner
  • Sleeps 5 - V-Berth, Dinette & Single Quarter Berth
  • Galley sink - 15 gallon holding tank (needs work? not used in years)
  • Porta Potty Head
  • Original Cushions in good condition
  • Portal/privacy curtains
  • 1989 Load-Rite Galvanized Double Axel Trailer
  • Completely reconditioned in 2009
  • New rated tires (less that 200 miles on them, always stored without load and covered)
  • New galvanized brake assemblies (rear axle)
  • New wheel bearings w/bearing buddies
  • all new stainless steel brake lines
  • New Titan surge brake master assembly
  • New LED lights

    Great family day sailor/weekender cruiser. Shoal draft keel 1'6"/6'0" swing centerboard allows for easy trailer launch and gunk holing in the shallowest water, right up to the beach. Deep draft with the CB down gives you great control in heavy winds.

    We've done tons of work on both the boat and trailer over the 6 years we've owned it. We never planned on selling it anytime soon so we did things for the long haul.

    It's been a safe reliable boat for our kids to learn to sail on but now they are a little older and want to race with us so were moving up to a cruiser/racer for the whole family!

    This is a BIG little boat, much larger feeling and more stable than most 23 footers, tons of freeboard. Watkins were well built, know as the "poor mans Packet" built a few miles down the road from Island Packet Yachts, they incorporated many of the features from the IP's in their classic designs.

    Sold. Thanks.
    Rochester, New York

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