Bryan, I am so sorry not to have gotten back to you. We have been busy and tonight is the first time in over a month that I have checked the site. We are a Watkins 25' built in 1987 in Largo Florida near Tampa. We have 535 watts of solar panels mounted above the cockpit enclosure, a water maker, 50 watt 5 CD changer stereo and an Engel freezer, 40 gal built in water tank and an 18 hp Nissan outboard as main engine. Carry our 9.5' Avon Dinghy with 5 hp Merc in davits on the stern. Pics on this site. Specs and more are available at watkinsowners.com
"Thanks for all your comments my friends at Seaknots.
The halyard has been rerun without passing through the small stainless steel eye, as seen easily in the pic provided by Chris on 17th August.
All furling now takes place without any undue effort,…"
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible.
I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning?????
(Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck