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1980 Blackwatch 24
Cute, sturdy, capable pocket cruiser has a full-keel. These boats have
made intrepid voyages, and will sail along at 5 knots effortlessly. The
accommodations include: two bunks, a small galley with sink, ice-box,
and space for a single burner stove, chain locker, two lazarettes. This
cutter has a long bowsprit, all bronze hardware, and bronze opening
ports. All the lines are lead aft. The jib has a new Schaffer
roller-furler, the club-footed staysail is self-tacking and has reef
points, the main sail has three sets of reef-points for storm sailing.
1995 4 HP Mercury outboard
Navico TP200CX autopilot
anchor, rode, chain.
81 were built by Blue Water Boat Works
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)
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'.
24' length over-all
18'6" length on deck
2' draft--full keel
2,200 pounds displacement
700 pounds ballast
Excellent galvanized trailer with tongue jack and winch
Honda 4-stroke 2 hp outboard, like new.
David, thanks to your fabulous website, I sold my boat to a gentleman in
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