The Blackwatch is a stout pocket cruiser with classic lines and a shoal draft. The beamy hull makes the cabin commodious for this size of boat. A perfect blend of trailer sailer and weekend cruiser.
This boat was built by Dave Autry’s Bluewater Boat Works in Amarillo Texas. 81 of these boats were made and this is number 40. Dave Autry built this boat for himself and added an extra set of stays (4 per side instead of 3) as he intended it for coastal cruising. She has been in my family since the late 90’s and has many sailing adventures. In the late 90’s my dad trailered the boat to Key West and sailed to Havana Cuba, averaging 5.5 knots in small craft advisory conditions. With a double reefed main and jib, the boat is very stable in winds of 20 knots. From 2017 on she has been sailing on Grapevine Lake in Texas.
Two Roller furling headsails
Double reefing main
Bruce anchor with chain
Honduran mahogany wood
Long keel with barn door rudder
Bronze portholes and running light housings
Saloon converts to a double berth
Stainless steel sink
Built-in ice chest
Double axle trailer with extending tongue for easy launching
Two auto helms included
New Tohatsu 4hp long shaft outboard in 2018
New roller furler for Genoa
New Sunbrella cockpit cover
New Seat cushions (inside and for the cockpit) and fenders
New Danforth style secondary anchor
This is a beautiful boat that turns heads every time she is on the water. She has classic lines with top grade hardware that will last many more years to come. These boats enjoy collector status, lovingly passed along from one sailor to the next. She is ready to sail!