3/14/07,

Blackwatch 24 cutter, 1980, Houston, Texas, $7,975, price reduced 5/4/07 to $6,975, sold 5/19/07

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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.

  • Galvanized trailer
  • 1995 4 HP Mercury outboard
  • Navico TP200CX autopilot
  • boarding ladder
  • port-a-potty
  • bilge pump
  • spare tiller
  • new battery
  • anchor, rode, chain.
  • factory brochures
  • 81 were built by Blue Water Boat Works
  • title

    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'.
  • 24' length over-all
  • 18'6" length on deck
  • 8' beam
  • 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 New York!
    Paul
    Houston, Texas


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