The Blackwatch is without a doubt one of the finest, serious small cruising boats to be found anywhere. Ocarina is hull #73 out of 81, built in 1980 by Bluewater Boatworks, Amarillo Texas. In 1992, she was purchased in Los Angeles from the son of the first owner and moved to Squamish. After her massive retrofit (>$40,000), she was featured in GoodOldBoat magazine (8 page article) Jan 1999, and on the May 2004 cover.
In 2010, Ocarina went to Gabriola with her third owner. In preparation for a big trip, I added a chart plotter, autohelm, and fuel filter. In 2012, I took this incredible boat on a fantastic 1200-mile voyage up the BC coast and across the Hecate to Haida Gwaii.
Ocarina can be viewed in Heritage Harbour, Vancouver Maritime Museum, starting June 16th.
She is easy to handle, sails beautifully and effortlessly at 5 knots, draws only 2' (go places the big boats can't), simple systems (no winches for anchor or sheets, fridge or diesel motor), and can be trailered straight to the places you want to explore.
Displacement 2300lbs Ballast 800lbs Draft 2' LOA 24' LOD 18'6" WWL 17'6" Beam 7'6"
Lines led aft, Main (96 sqft) 2 reefs, Dutchman flaking; Jib (80 sqft) flex furler; staysail (48 sqft) self-tacking; dark green covers. Exterior and interior cushions, dark green Sunbrella. Table, shelves, ice boxes, lots dry storage (under seats, low deep locker forward, large hanging locker in bow). Sink, 70L water tank. Force 10 propane heater and 2 burner stove, vented propane locker in cockpit, 10gal tank, Porta-potti. Compass, depth sounder, gas gauge, older VHF radio, battery charger, nav nights; cockpit grid, grey water holding tank, Raymarine ST100 autohelm. Hull, deck and topsides Awlgrip - hull paint is in excellent shape but soon time for deck and cockpit repainting; non-slip on deck. Yamaha 9.9, charging head, 45L aluminum fuel tank (120 mile range, gas gauge, Raycor filter). 20lb CQR, 50' chain, 300' rode, spare Danforth, re-boarding steps on transom and rudder. Highliner tandem trailer, inertia brakes, spare tire, 8ft tongue extension, 8 ft mast crutch for raising, mileage 4000km; Total rig weight < 3500lbs (500lb trailer, 2300lb boat, plus gear).
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