Colvic Watson 23'6

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Remarks :
Excellent example of the very popular Colvic Watson 23'6". These robust and sea worthy craft have attracted a cult following due to their good looks and sea keeping qualities. Instantly recognisable from a distance they stand out from the featureless "sameness" of todays production boats. Built in 1978 by Colvic Craft of Witham in Essex, but not launched until 2002, this was one of the many home completed versions. She has benefitted from good owners who have over the years upgraded and added to her whilst maintaining the DNA of the lifeboat design first introduced in 1874 by GL Watson & Co in Scotland.
Reliable and well maintained Perkins Perama M30 diesel, Hurth gearbox which has only completed 300 hours since it was replaced and a 3-bladed bronze propeller. 3-4 Berth accommodation with full standing headroom. Kemp mast and sails new in 2004. All standing rigging replaced in 2020. Electronics include a NEW Raymarine Axiom colour chart plotter/fish finder, Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC VHF with inbuilt GPS, NASA Speed, Depth and Wind.
Hull topsides polished, under water areas epoxied and anodes changed in July 2020.

Accommodation :
Below decks is warm and welcoming. The interior has been nicely finished using a combination of teak faced marine bly and solid teak pieces. The headroom is a heady 6'3" so even the giants amongst us will be pleasantly surprised,
The cabin is accessed by a lockable two door and folding hatch top system. Two steps down and you are in the main saloon. To starboard is the Sitting/dining area with removable central table. By using an infill piece and one of the back rests this converts to a good sized single or a snug double. Behind the seating area is plentiful storage cupboards.
Opposite the seating area is the linear galley with Plastimo 2-burner hob and grill. The present owner has removed the gas but this can be easily reinstalled. There is a sink with pressurised cold water. The engine is fitted with a heat exchanger so a calorifier could easily be installed. It looks like provision was made for one but was never installed. The majority of the pipework required is in place. 
Aft is the heads compartment with sink, pressurised water and new Jabsco marine toilet. The toilet with associated pipework, seacocks and valves was installed in 2019. In the bow is the fore cabin with privacy doors. The V-berth is generous and has storage below. All cabins are fitted with 240V and 12V lighting. There are three pin sockets in the cockpit and saloon. The electrics were professionally installed.

Inventory :
Well equipped yacht with an inventory in keeping with coastal cruising. Included in the sale are:
Raymarine Axiom colour chart plotter/depth sounder with new transducer and inbuilt Navionics charts
NASA Clipper Speed
NASA Clipper Depth
NASA Clipper Wind speed/direction
Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC VHF with inbuilt GPS
CQR 20lb anchor with 30 M chain
Cockpit tent - New 2014
Sail Cover - New 2014
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Warps and Fenders
Signalling horn - Canister
Navigation lights
Cockpit and side deck courtesy lights
Engine spares
Throwing line
Fire extinguishers
Automatic life jackets X2

Mechanical :

GRP constructed yacht with full keel and counter hung, keel mounted rudder.
Dual steering with cable wheel steering to starboard of cockpit and tiller steering at transom.
White original gelcoat topsides in excellent condition. Topsides polished in 2020.
Under water areas taken back to the gel coat in 2020 and epoxy coated as a preventative measure using Jotun 2-pack system.
Solid Teak stem and hull rubbing rail. Teak bowsprit with stainless steel support. 
Stainless steel anchor housing with bollard aft. GRP superstructure with half wheelhouse.
Wheelhouse has three windows at the front and a large window either side. These were refurbished by Eagle boat windows.
Good sized side decks finished in non slip coatings. Deck drains aft. Courtesy lighting around decks for night time safety.
Stainless steel bow rails and stanchions joined by a double set of guard wires.
Opening hatch on foredeck allows light and ventilation into forward cabin.
There is an additional opening hatch in the wheelhouse. Stainless steel grab handles.
Cockpit with canoe stern. Cockpit sole and aft seating finished in Diamond "Treadmaster" panels. 
Full set of cockpit cushions including back rests. Single helm seat with pedestal mount at helm position.
Storage lockers next to helm and in transom seating,
Smart green cockpit enclosure with zip side access panels. Matching sail cover.

Engine & Electrics:

The engine is a reliable and economical Perkins Perama M30 inboard diesel.
The engine was purchased new in 1998 and is located in a sound proofed compartment beneath the cockpit sole.
The was gearbox is a Hurth and was installed by the present owner. This has had 300 hours use since.
1 1/4" stainless steel shaft with Aquaflex coupling and 3-bladed 15" bronze propeller.
The propeller is protected by the keel mounted rudder but has the added protection of a rope cutter.
Engine has been regularly serviced with the most recent in July 2020. Fuel is in a stainless steel tank.
Bank of 2x12V gel batteries provide engine start and domestic power.
The batteries are fitted with a rotary style isolator and were purchased new in 2018.
The batteries are recharged via the engine alternator or by the onboard Sterling smart charger. 
Shore power with RCD Box and cable. 12V switch panel. Electrics were tidied up by local contractor in 2017. 

Sails & Rigging:

The mast was purchased new in 2004. After getting lots of quotes, the owner of the time opted for the Kemp offering.
They also provided the sails and the Foxes of Ipswich completed the installation. 
Mainsail is situated on the boom with a dark green sail cover. The foresail is operated via a Furlex 100S system.
Foresail has had the UV strip replaced in 2014 along with the sail cover and the cockpit enclosure.
All the standing rigging was replaced by Douthwaites Sails in February 2020.
Lewmar 25, 2-speed genoa sheet winches and Lewmar 10 single speed Halyard winch.

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New or used
United Kingdom



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1 x Perkins Perama M30

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