The W29 was first introduced in 1984. In 1988 the rear transom was slightly changed from nearly vertical to a reverse style and the model designator changed to W30. The W30 model continued in production until the factory closed. The last known Watkins boat to be built by the factory was a W30 whose hull was molded in April of 1989 as a 1990 model. Total production of the W29 & W30 was 88 boats. At least 60 of the total were W29's leaving less than 28 which could be W30's.
The boat is sloop rigged with a 4' draft and a skeg mounted rudder. Her interior offers accommodations for five including a quarter berth with the option of a pull out double berth to port. Standard items includes diesel engine, pressure water, shower, eight opening ports, bulkhead mounted dining table and shore power. The galley is to starboard with a sink, stove, icebox and storage. There is a hanging locker opposite of the head forward. Headroom is 6'3" and her mast height above DWL is 40'1".
The hull is molded as a single unit of a combination of polyester resin and fiberglass woven roving and multidirectional chopped strand fiber (MCSF). The keel is molded integrally with the hull and all ballast is contained inside. The deck and cockpit, like the hull, are molded as a single unit of a combination of polyester resin and fiberglass woven roving and MCSF. Plywood coring is incorporated between layers of fiberglass in the cabin top, deck, seat, and cockpit sole areas to give additional stiffness. The non-skid finish is molded into the deck. The exterior finish is pigmented gelcoat molded onto the fiberglass. The boot and sheer stripe are also gelcoat molded permanently into the hull.
The hull-to-deck joint is a 'flange' type, which during assembly, is liberally coated with a combination adhesive/sealant. The deck is then lowered onto the hull and fastened in place with stainless steel screws. The aluminum toe rail is then installed, bedded in a heavy layer of the same compound and secured in place with stainless steel through bolts.
There is a haws pipe feeding the anchor rode into the v-berth locker, there are teak grab rails on the cabin top and a large aft cockpit with good back rests and storage lockers. The companionway goes down to seat height, about 12" above the cockpit sole.
The interior is a molded fiberglass unit with bulkheads and cabinetry fastened to it with screws, bolts, and adhesives. The interior molded assembly is bonded to the hull with woven roving and mat, that when completed, forms a single unit structure having great strength and rigidity.
The interior is finished with hand rubbed teak accents and the bulkheads and cabinetry is teak veneered plywood. The cabin sole is teak & holly veneer plywood. The interior layout is typical with a V-berth forward, the head (to port) and lockers (starboard) divide it from the main salon area which has a fold-up dining table. The port side settee pulls out to create a double berth, the starboard is a single. Aft and to port is a quarter berth and to starboard is the galley which originally came with an icebox and either a gimbaled 2-burner alcohol or gas stove with oven. The electrical panel is located immediately under the companionway, and the stairs remove to allow access to the engine.
There are 8 opening ports and one large deck hatch.
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