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1982 Watkins 36C center cockpit


Seller's Description

Price reduced! (Our baby daughter fell off the cockpit and we realized the urgency of a safer boat for her so were open to negotiation). Our 1982 36 Watkins ‘ORION’ is officially on the market! Our beloved sailboat is looking for a new family as ours has unfortunately outgrown her. She is the most spacious 36ft’er you’ve laid eyes on, with shining wooden interior and white vinyl settees. The aft master cabin (CENTER COCKPIT!) boasts a huge king sized bed and separate entrance to the wet head. The fridge is large enough to fit over twenty 6-packs, a few misbehaving children, or a small shark. Mint condition Yanmar 53hp with approx 700hrs, purrs like a kitten. Survey completed March 2021. Most recent work completed in our March 2022 haul out: New shaft seal, new stern tube, new cutlass bearing, new backstay, new rudder seal, and many bits & bobs. Fresh bimini, dodger, lazybag and rain catcher! 1KW generator new sewing machine with lots of fabric Great condition, ready to sail (and we will continue to do so until sold) Asking 49000 USD If we’ve peaked your interest, ask me for our full specs PDF! **Boat is already set up for young children: full lifeline netting, cockpit baby seat securely installed, bow bed netted off. All can be easily removed permanently, but is an easy transition for new sailing parents. **Currently in bocas del toro, Panama

Equipment: Engine: Engine Brand: Yanmar Engine Model: 4JH5E Engine Year: 2013 Engine Power: 53HP 2x Control Panel (Cockpit & Salon) Engine Type: Inboard Engine Hours: 710h (approx.) Fuel Type: Diesel Filter: Parker Turbine Series 500 Double Filter and Water Separator (2015) Transmission: KM35 Drive Type: 1 Inch Shaft Shaft Seal: Volvo Propeller: Flexofold 18x14 3-Blade Folding Propeller (2013) Cruising Speed: 6.5kts Max. Speed: 8kts Tanks: Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (85 Gallons (320l) Fiberglass) Fuel Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons (150l) Aluminium) Black Water Holding Tank: (10 Gallons (40l)) Accommodations: Number of double berths: 2 Number of cabins: 2 Number of heads: 1 Seating Capacity: 10 Electronics: Raymarine Smart Pilot Type 1 Linear Drive Autopilot System with p70 Control Display, X-10 Computer & Compass (2013) Raymarine E97 Hybridtouch Multifunction Display w/Sonar at Helm (2013) Raymarine AIS350 Dual Channel Receiver (2013) Raymarine 600 Watt Bronze through hull transducer with depth, speed and temperature (B744V) (2013) Raymarine RD418HD 4kW High-Def Radar with Network Cable (2013) Raymarine Masttop Wind Vane & i60 SeaTalk ng Instrument (2013) Raymarine Antenna Splitter (2013) Standard Horizon VHF (2006) Pioneer Radio with Bluetooth (2013) Wema Fuel Tank & Water Tank Instrument (2013) Electric System: 110V Shore Power Connection and Cable Schneider Surge Protector 110V Power Outlets throughout the Boat 12V & USB Outlets in Cabins, 12V in Cockpit and Salon Cockpit & Deck LED Lights (2013) LED Lights throughout the boat Navigation Lights Anchor Light Service Battery: Deka 225Ah Gel Battery (2015) Starter Battery: ACDelco 95AH Sealed Battery ProNautic 20A 110V Battery Charger (2016) 2x 150W Solar Panel at Arch (2008) 2x 65W Solar Panel at Railing Steca 30A Charge Controller (2008) Cobra 2500W Inverter (2018) Electronic Battery Separator (2016) Electric LP Gas Valve with Galley Control Panel Hot & Cold Water Pressure System Atwood Water Heater (110V or Engine) Watermaker: Village Marine Little Wonder Modular (LWM 200) 12V 12A Up to 200 Gallons per Day New Instruments and Membrane (2013) Safety: ACR EPIRB (2013) Emergency Tiller Bolt Cropper 1x Fire Extinguisher (2009) 2x Automatic Life Jacket Liferaft (Never inspected) Automatic Electric Bilge Pump Manual Bilge Pump Stainless Handrails Mast Pulpits Rigging: Standing Rigging Stainless Steel 1x19 (2017) Running Rigging (partially replaced 2017) Anchor: 80m Chain (2015/2022) 30kg rocna Anchor (2014 modified) Maxwell Electrical Windlass (New Seals 2013, New Motor 2007) 12kg CQR Anchor with 10m Chain and Rope Hatches & Portlights: 13x Opening Portlight (new 2007on fwd and 2022 aft) 3x Hatches (new Plexiglass 2017) Deck: Anchor Bow Locker Stern Locker Gas Locker with 2x Aluminium Gas Tank (2017) Stern Arch with Dinghy Davits Strong Aluminium Toe Rail Anti-Skid Mast & Boom: 2x Lewmar Winch Aluminium Mast with Steps Aluminium Boom Cockpit: 2x Barlow Self Tailing Winch 1x Barlow Winch Custom Main sheet traveler mounted on the cabin top Captains Chair Cockpit Dodger2022 Danforth Compass Edson Chain & Wire Steering Pedestal (New Steering Cables 2013) Galley: Located in Passageway to Aft Stateroom Corian Countertops (2013) Big Top Load Refrigerator 12V (Evaporator new 2007) HilleRange Gimbaled 3 Burner Stove with Oven Double Sink with Hot & Cold Water and much more just as for full specs



William H. Tripp Jr.
Watkins Yachts
Watkins Owners
# Built


Length Overall
35 11 / 11 m
Waterline Length
29 3 / 8.9 m
10 7 / 3.2 m
4 7 / 1.4 m
17,000 lb / 7,711 kg
6,000 lb / 2,722 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
528′² / 49.1 m²
Total Sail Area
529′² / 49.1 m²
Sail Area
245′² / 22.8 m²
35 0 / 10.7 m
14 0 / 4.3 m
Air Draft
45 0 / 13.7 m
Sail Area
284′² / 26.3 m²
40 5 / 12.3 m
14 0 / 4.3 m
Forestay Length
42 10 / 13.1 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
40 gal / 151 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
85 gal / 322 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.6 kn
Classic: 7.26 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.58 knots
Classic formula: 7.26 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Watkins aquired the molds for the PORTMAN 36 (which was originally the CORONADO 35) to produce the WATKINS 36 (with major modifications).
The 36C was the center cockpit model. An aft cockpit was also available.

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