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R71917

Colvic Watson 31' 6"

Lying

Dorset

Builder

P. A. W. Browne, on Colvic GRP hull/deck mouldings

Year

1982

Price

£28,750

LOA

36' 0"

Sail area

450 sq ft *

Brief details

LWL

28' 3"

Rig

Ketch

This Colvic Watson 31 is a traditional motor-sailer similar to a Fisher or Miller Fifer. This yacht is in her second ownership from new in 1982, and both owners have cruised her fairly extensively. She has been to Scotland, the Baltic, more than once to Spain, and has just completed a round Ireland cruise.

Beam

10' 9"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

5' 2"

Berths

6

Displacement

16,300 lbs *

Engine

Perkins Sabre diesel

Ballast

6,000 lbs *

BHP

65

Keel type

Long keel

* Displacement, ballast and sail area are approximations, based on some known design data
plus estimations of changes to the rig through fitting a bowsprit to extend the foretriangle.

 
Sailplan

The Colvic Watson 31 was designed by the G. L. Watson design office, probably the oldest yacht design company in the world. G. L. Watson were from the 1880s to the 1960s consultants to the RNLI on lifeboat designs, and it is said that the Colvic Watson hulls are derived from lifeboat hull designs. They also bear a considerable resemblance to traditional North Sea fishing boats.

 

The Colvic Watson hulls, in sizes ranging from 19 to 35 ft were moulded by Ardleigh Laminated Plastics, which later became Colvic Craft, a very prolific builders of GRP yachts and workboats. They sold hulls both to amateur builders, and to boatyards, and also moulded hulls for other manufacturers under contract. Colvic GRP hulls are in general of good quality, and the Watson models are especially heavily built.

This Colvic Watson 31 was fitted out by her first owner P. A. W. Browne, over a three year period from 1978-1982. The design could be fitted with various options aft of the wheelhouse, this yacht having a raised aft deck over a double berth aft cabin. She also has a substantial bowsprit - not shown on the Colvic plan at left. The Colvic Watson design suggested 30 bhp engine power, many have more than this though, this yacht has been re-engined with 65 bhp.

 

Like the expensive Fisher range of motorsailers, Colvic Watsons very often motor up wind with sail assistance, to both add some drive and to steady the motion. These boats will go to windward under sail alone, but it is not their primary purpose - that is all-weather seaworthiness with the helm warm and dry in the wheelhouse. This yacht has both a large engine for pure motoring, plus a feathering prop to improve performance under sail.

Colvic Watson motor sailer for sale

Yachtsnet photographs August 2017

Owners photo

Deck

Foredeck
Bow detail
Deck aft
Rig

Yachtsnet photographs August 2017

Under way
Aft deck

Wheelhouse

Saloon forward
 
Forecabin

 

The forecabin has a single berth, with a hinge-up pilot berth above - the owner normally leaves this in place as seen. The heads (photo below) is to starboard.

Heads
Galley

The saloon has a spacious galley area to starboard, and to port a dinette-style
settee and table. The table lowers to convert this into a double berth.

Double berth with saloon table lowered

Saloon aft

Wheelhouse aft

At the aft end of the wheelhouse is a seat, and steps down to the aft cabin - photos below

Aft cabin
Aft cabin double berth
Aft cabin
Moored port

The Perkins Sabre diesel was installed new in 2000

Engine - Perkins Sabre 65 hp

This Colvic Watson 31 (actually about 36 ft overall) gives a reassuring feel of solidity. She is 35 years old, and has travelled a lot of miles, but has always been maintained well. In her second ownership from 1991, her very experienced owner is now reluctantly reducing his cruising ambitions due to age.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Perkins Sabre 65 bhp 4-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed new 2000

Fuel tank capacity

100 gallons

Propeller

Three-bladed Darglow feathering prop on shaft drive

Batteries

2 x 105AH

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator plus Sterling shorepower charger/inverter

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Ketch rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging renewed 2008.

Mainsail

Quay Sails, tan, slab reefing, new 2009

Genoa

Quay Sails tan roller genoa

Genoa furling

Nemo furler - new 2008

Mizzen

Quay sails, tan - new 2012

Mizzen staysail

Yes

Other headsails

No 2 genoa

Storm jib

Crusader Sails

Bower anchor

60 lb Plough with chain

Kedge anchors

Danforth and Fisherman types

Anchor windlass

Lofrans Royal manual windlass, installed 2007

Steering

Wheel

Autopilot

Cetrek

Steering compass

Sestrel

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders

Navigation Equipment and instruments

Radar

Furuno CRT type

GPS/Chartplotter

Garmin GPSMap 182C with charting UK to Spain

Log/speed

Incastec

Depth sounder

Incastec

VHF radio/AIS receiver

Standard Horizon Matrix with AIS reception and DSC - new 2017

Navtex

NASA Navtex Pro +

Safety/emergency equipment

Liferaft

RDF canister type, serviced to 04/2019

Lifebuoy

2 plus floating light

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper

Bilge pumps

Manual and electric pumps

Interior

Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads, saloon, wheelhouse and aft cabin

Cabin heating

Taylors 079 bulkhead mounted 2.1 Kw diesel heater with flue

Berths

6

Water tank capacity

100 gallons

Cooker

Plastimo Neptune 4500 two-burner, grill and oven - new 2009

Coolbox

Coolbox only

Heads

Blakes Lavac

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

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