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Colvic Watson 23.5

Brief details

Builder

Hull and deck by Colvic Craft, fitout various

The Colvic Watson 23.5 is a small motor sailer on the general hull lines of a North Sea fishing boat. The example illustrated is fitted out as a yacht with the optional wheelhouse and deck moulding from Colvic, but many were also fitted out as open or semi-enclosed fishing boats without a rig.

LOA

23' 6"

Sail area

332 sq ft

LWL

21' 0"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

8' 9"

Cabins

Forecabin and saloon

Draught

3' 6"

Berths

4

Displacement

7,600 lbs

Engine

Various

Ballast

3,000 lbs

BHP

typically 20 - 40

Keel type

Long keel

Sailplan

 

 

Colvic Craft (Ardleigh Laminated Plastics) was in the 1970s and 1980s a major force in UK yacht construction. They moulded hulls and decks and sold them on in varying stages of strctural completion both to amateur home builders and to other yacht builders. Buyers could specify anything from a bare hull only, to a hull, deck main bulkheads, engine and ballast.

In 1974 Colvic introduced the Colvic Watson 34.5, clearly intended to be an alternative to the Northshore Fisher 34: both were styled along the lines of North Sea fishing boats.

Two years later Colvic introduced three smaller versions, the 31.5, 28.5 and 23.5, this yacht being a 23.5 - ie 23' 6" LOA. Whilst some CW 23.5s were fitted out as small commercial fishing boats, the example here was built as a small motor-sailer yacht, with semi-enclosed wheelhouse and a cabin with 2+2 berths. All these Colvic Watsons were designed by GL Watson & Co., who were for many years designers of RNLI lifeboats, so the designs have a definite seagoing pedigree.

The CW23.5 has a surprising tall rig for a small motor-sailer, in this case with the mast mounted in a tabernacle for ease of lowering. With a displacement of 7,600 lbs she is a heavy boat for a 23-foot sailing yacht, but has a reasonably generous rig to give decent performance under sail, though windward performance with a long keel and high topsides and wheelhouse is always going to be modest.

 

 

Colvic Watson 23.5 for sale

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Wheelhouse - Colvic Watson 23 for sale

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Moored quarter
Deck
Deck and wheelhouse
Foredeck
Bow detail
Rig

The rig on the Colvic Watson 23.5 is larger than many other small motor-sailers carry, being similar to many pure sailing yachts of the same length. With her long and relatively shallow keel however she will not point high, but 28 hp of engine can make for very effective windward progress.

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Deck aft
Coachroof and wheelhouse
Cockpit
Helm
Colvic Watson 23.5 for sale
Forecabin
Heads
Saloon looking aft

Below: The saloon table top extends to seat four if needed.

Saloon
Galley
Engine

This CW23 was fitted with a 28 hp Beta diesel

Colcic Watson 23.5 for sale - moored August 2021

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