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Colvic Watson 29

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Boat REF# 154654
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 8.84m (29'0")
Year 1979
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 36hp, Mercedes (1979)
Lying Portsmouth Harbour


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Extra Details

Builder Emsworth Shipyard
Lying Portsmouth Harbour
Fuel capacity 60.0 ltr (13.2 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 227.0 ltr (49.9 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 36hp
Engine make and model Mercedes (1979)
Engine Hours engine1:   3330
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.5 ltr (0.6 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots

The engine has been meticulously maintained by the present owner, and each service is recorded in the ship's notebook.

Main steering is by the wheel, but the tiller can be shipped as required.

Engine cooling via Bowman heat exchanger
Steering via wheel and tiller


LOA 8.84m (29'0")
LWL 7.92m (26'0")
Beam 3.10m (10'2")
Draft Min 1.22m (4'0")
Draft Max 1.22m (4'0")
Displacement 6,000kg (13,230.0lbs)
Headroom 1.83m (6'0")
Storage Ashore


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged SS Spars Aluminium spars (1979) with stainless steel standing rigging (2009)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Arun Sails - Roller boom (2000)
Headsail Arun Sails - Furling (2000)
Other sails Cruising Chute (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

All her running rigging is removed for the winter every year.
Her sails were laundered 18 month ago.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

Her original fuel tanks are still in place but one was found to be leaking so the owner has fitted and uses a smaller plastic tank (see photo).


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Curtains tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

There is a shower attachment in the heads but no shower pump-out facility fitted.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Navico Depth Sounder
Garmin GPS 180 Plotter (Monochrome)
Garmin GPS 12 Hand held
Icom IC-601 DSC VHF
Simrad Tiller Pilot (2009)

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Beaching legs tick
Swim Ladder tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
2 anchors
(Bruce 7.5 Kg)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
Seago dinghy (2007)
2.3hp outboard, Honda, Short Shaft (2007)

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Safety harnesses tick
Boarding ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

In the same ownership for 23 years, this professionally built and finished Colvic Watson 29, offered for Sale by Boatshed Port Solent, has a really useful combination of qualities - a good enough and tough enough heavy-displacement sailing boat for passage making, yet a versatile and stable motor-sailor. Add in a deep (and massive!) safe cockpit and roomy wheelhouse, protected from the weather, and you have a genuinely go-almost-anywhere boat. The rig gives plenty of flexibility in a blow, in fact the owner has cut down the mainsail so she can carry it up to about Force 5 before she needs a reef.

Having photographed this yacht I can begin to understand why most of them are still sailing – strong looking, sturdy, and built like the proverbial brick outhouse, she inspires a fair amount of confidence. Such a strongly built seaboat ain’t going to win the Round the Island Race, but her long keel does allow her to perform under sail much better than many motor-sailors.

Down below she is very pleasing on the eye – light and airy but still retaining that snug safe feeling. The woodwork is in great condition, and the owner has added many little features (like the compass holder) that are well made and very useful.

The owner has a notebook into which he (and the previous owner) have written every detail of work and improvements done to the vessel over the years, and a full history of all the engine services. It can be inspected when you decide to come and see for yourself.

What we have here is a sturdy, roomy motor-sailor with a decent engine and plenty of scope for comfortable living. Come and have a look!

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Colvic Watson 29 has been personally photographed and viewed by Ian Dawes of Boatshed Port Solent. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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