Blackwatch 18, 1979, Los Alamos, New Mexico, asking $7,500, ad expired

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1979 Blackwatch 18

The company that made these, in Amarillo TX, Blue Water Boat works (Dave Autry), initially called it a 24. In fact on the two that I have seen, on the drop boards/hatch boards, the company carved/engraved "Blackwatch 24" plus the hull number. For example, in the Octorber 1979 issue of "Sail" magazine, an article Texas Traditional" begins, "This traditional-looking 24-foot trailer/sailer has some unique features..." The line drawing is also labelled "Blackwatch 24." The specs in that article are listed as:

  • l.o.a. 24'0" (including bowsprit)
  • l.o.d. 18'6"
  • l.w.l. 17'6" They later started calling these a Blackwatch 18. In a much later article in "Good Old Boat" January/February 1999, Sven Donaldson refers to it as a Blackwatch 19 and notes that the boat is 18'6" on deck. The length over all has been measured at just over 23'.
  • hull # 26
  • Cutter-rigged
  • long keel
  • pocket cruiser by Blue Water Boats
  • LOA 24'-0"
  • LWL 17'-6"
  • 2200 lbs.
  • displacement
  • draft 22"
  • A freshwater boat all its life.
  • Head sail and running rigging replaced in 1998
  • 1998 Mercury 5 hp outboard
  • new cabin and cockpit cushions 1999.

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