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"Sailing Namaste" 1979 Watkins 27

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"Do to some health issues, I have been "on the hard", but hope to be back out there soon."
Dec 7, 2011
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POST YOUR SAIL PLANS AND CHART PHOTOS HERE..SEE EACH LOCATION IN EACH DISCUSSION..GO TO SEE ALL.

I SAW DIFFERENT CHARTS POSTED BY MEMBERS. I think posting them as a photo here would be great..Others can view larger, and even print them out. Be sure to go to VIEW ALL, as I have several areas of the World featured.See More
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Profile Type:
Sailor
Homeport:
Naples, FL
About Me:
66 yr. old semi-retired photojournalist and long time sailor.
Began sailing, Sunfish, Thistle, and Rhodes Bantams in Michigan.
Moved to Fla. in the late 70's and crewed with several local racers and two Naples to Key West races.

After 20 years of pursuing my photojournalist career, I became interested in sailing again and along with a friend, bought a San Juan 24 to sail in and around Sanibel Island. Nice boat but too small for my future adventures.
I found "Namaste" (she had no name when I purchased her), a '79 Watkins 27 Sloop on Craigs List and sailed her from El Jobean (Charlotte Harbor) to Ft.Myers Beach where she is docked. I couldn't be happier with my boat and my port!




Getting ready to do some cruising around Florida and beyond in my Watkins 27, NAMASTE!
Current location:
SW Florida
Destinations visited:
Mostly West Coast of Florida
Looking to:
Share Adventures and Good Advice with other Florida Sailors.

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Simo Makkonen replied to Simo Makkonen's discussion Oceanis 40 Sprayhood in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mike, I have separate sprayhood and bimini, which is good for me. But I still like to have visibility over the sprayhood. I checked the Yachtworld but all B40 boats seemed to be fitted with the B standard sprayhood. Have to make a new sprayhood…"
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Simo Makkonen replied to Simo Makkonen's discussion Oceanis 40 Sprayhood in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to Simo Makkonen's discussion Oceanis 40 Sprayhood in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Simo Makkonen replied to Simo Makkonen's discussion Oceanis 40 Sprayhood in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks MIke. Would you have any picture of the solution?"
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Mike Brown replied to Simo Makkonen's discussion Oceanis 40 Sprayhood in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"The dodger/spray hood in the US are custom made by local,canvas makers. Ours is made so I can see forward without any issues. Mike"
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Oceanis 40 Sprayhood

My experience is that the original sprayhood is too high for proper visibility from the rudderposts. Has anyone tried to modify the design? Would be grateful for any advice or opinion.See More
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