5/19/08,

Blackwatch 24, 1981, Lake Palestine, Bullard, Texas, $7,975, sold 8/2/08

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1981 Blackwatch 24

  • Length including bowsprit 24'
  • Length on deck 18'6"
  • Waterline length 17'6"
  • Builder: The Blackwatch sailboat is a classic and a most beautiful cutter-rigged sloop designed and manufactured by Dave Autry who owned The Blue Water Boat Works in Amarillo, TX. Dave only built 88 boats from 1977 till 1981, some of which were the Blackwatch model boats. This boat is one of the last ones Dave built, being manufactured in 1981. He also built more of the Bluewater 14, a 14 foot catboat (open cockpit day sailer). The Blackwatch is a 22 ft. long, 8 ft. beam boat having only a 2 ft. draft due to its shoal draft full keel. The barn door ruder and shoal keel make for great handling in light or heavy winds. On most points of sail, the tiller can be set and the boat will sail herself with little attention to the helm. By using various sail configurations, it's often possible to sail all the way into your mooring place.

    Design: The Blackwatch has about a 2400 lbs. displacement loaded, with 800 lbs being lead ballast. The boat is unique in that it's design is simply a smaller scale of a "blue water" vessel built to cross oceans. Further evidence of it's pedigree can be seen in it's materials (bronze fittings, mahogany, tempered glass), the sail configuration (a double-reefed main, self-taking staysail, flying jib), and rigging (heavy gauge stainless, quality blocks, Dacron lines). Speaking of lines, all sailing lines are lead aft to the cockpit for ease of sail handling while making the boat ideal for single-handing.

    Underway: The Blackwatch moves well under super in light winds all three sails and can handle heavy air (30+) using a double-reefed main and staysail. The boat sails easily up to its 6.3 knot hull speed and is a comfortable in most any wind condition. The double-reefed main is configured for "slab reefing" where a series of smaller lines run along the boom and back to the cockpit for reducing sail in a sudden squall.

    Interior: The owner can over-night with a comfortable cabin interior with two bunks, table, small galley which has stainless steel galley sink with hand pump and a 15 gallon fresh water tank, stove, ice chest and enclosed portable head. The cabin has great cross ventilation with the 4 bronze ports open (with screens) as well as the forward hatch. The cabin has full lighting with the cabin overhead light having a red bulb for night sailing, as well as brass reading lights at the head of each bunk. Full exterior lighting, stern light and port and starboard running lights. All the wood trim on the boat is made of Honduras Mahogany and compliments the color of the fiberglass coatings.

    Power: This Blackwatch is powered by a classic and collectors item 1981 5 HP British Seagull, long shaft, electronic ignition, outboard motor. The motor was tuned up in 2004 with a new water pump, spark plug, oil in the lower unit and carburetor rebuild. For hauling the boat, there is an EZ Loader galvanized trailer included.

    Condition and Extras: This boat was fully refurbished in 1999, to include:

  • installed new running rigging in 1998 and is in workable condition
  • completely stripped, sanded, patched bungs in all the Mahogany and sealed it with 6 coats of Cetol Marine sealant
  • topsides: refinished with 4 coats of sprayed Interlux Interthane ployurathe
  • bottom: Interlux epoxy anti-blister sealant applied professionally, sanded down to 250 grit for a slick, sealed bottom (no antifouling ever applied)
  • installed bilge pump, battery charger
  • installed new electrical panel, interior reading lights, and utility light port
  • installed new butane stove, porta potti
  • rigged new Danforth anchor

    The boat is ready to sail and with a little soap and water is ready for comfortable over night extended cruising. There are lots of extras: (i.e. hand-held compass, First Aid kit, Butane cook stove, fenders, sail covers, jib bag, boat cushions, etc).The boat has not been berthed in the water for the past 20 years, having been used only in fresh water on Lake Grapevine in the Dallas area and kept on a set of floating pontoon lifts there. In 2002 it was moved to Lake Palestine, just south of Tyler, Texas where it is now berthed on a Float-On mechanical boat lift.

    A note from the Owner:

  • This dear ship has provided us many years of joy on the water. From windy spring days of blasting through four-foot rollers, spray flying, cutting into the wind…to the sunset sails with my kids playing in the warm light below and while adults grapple with "real life" issues above. The Blackwatch has proven capable in many roles: overnight cruiser, spirited sailor, peaceful refuge (with a good book). She has also provided me with a unique source of stress relief, especially in those moments when I finally shut off the engine, balance and lash the rudder, sit back, and feel the ship surge beneath me. Something inside finally lets go...

    Hi David
    Thanks for posting the add for our Blackwatch ( Blackwatch 24 #100 ). It has sold. The man picked it up today. They were from Denver, Colorado.
    Thanks again for all your help.
    Dick
    Lake Palestine, Texas

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