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The first yacht produced was a Watkins 23 in 1974, founded by the four Watkins brothers.
The Watkins brothers commissioned Walter Scott to assist them in designing the Watkins 27, which was brought out in 1977.
The Watkins 29 was first introduced in 1984. In 1988 the rear transom of the Watkins 29 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.
Around 1980 the company was taken over by Al Larson, owner of Auroraglas, a boat building company that had been purchased by Watkins Yachts. After this, the company rolled out a number of larger yachts, (Watkins 25, 32 and 36) all based on tooling that had been purchased from the former Columbia Yachts.

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