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Old 03-10-2020, 05:44 PM
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Time to start thinking about my next project boat. Been doing one every two years. Winter project and summer fish up north for few seasons.
Considering a 26 Black Watch outboard, always loved the lines and layout. I know they have a bad rep bc of balsa core construction. Would be a total re fit, Just like my last two. Any owners have any experience with one? My last project was a 23 Regulator, which I love owning and fishing. Gonna be a hard act to follow.

Any real experience with th BLack Watch 26 appreciated.
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No real world experience yet. I agree with you on the looks of the BW 26. I'm in the process of updating a 26 myself. I picked up a pair of Yamaha 225's 4 strokes and we are replacing all the hoses, thru hulls, and anything else that needs to be replaced including electronics. The gas tank has already been replaced. Unfortunately I have not been able to run the boat yet. The opinions that I have read say the boat rides and handles big water very well. It is a Ray Hunt designed hull and built by or in the same facility at a high end sailboat builder up north ( I forget the name).Someone very recently posted a sales brochure for the BW26. Search for

Mid 80s Black Watch 30 Express

on this site. Brochure suggests a 50 + mph top speed with suggested power of 225 hp outboards. It also lists the coring material as Baltec AL-600 epoxy impregnated end grain balsa core and foam cored stringers with a Kevlar and vacuum bagged option. I can't wait to get it on the water.

Total Boating associated with James Town Dist
has some youtube videos on the BW 26.

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Old 03-11-2020, 05:06 PM
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Thanks. Keep me updated. Looking at getting it in the fall and finish it over winter for next summer.
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I have one I bought as a project with an upper station. Twin Honda 225's. Transoms are to low for my taste. Was thinking of a bracket, but for now it sits in the corner of my shop. There is another thread on here about them.
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I owned a 1990 26 with twin Yamaha 225 2 strokes. I installed all new electronics, radar arch and radar, and outriggers. That boat was awesome and wish I still had it. It would hit 50-51 WOT and cruise in the low 40’s. Kept me alive in a very bad storm one day, boat was better than the captain😅! Ran that boat all over the gulf, Keys, and over to the Bahamas, rock solid build and comfortable ride. Good luck with your project!
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Thanks, covid putting things on hold for a while, but still looking

had some feedback that the OB versions were stern heavy and did not ride as well as the IB's.

Still looking, hopefully find one before winter
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I had a chance to buy one for a good deal and I checked out because the Honda 225s had like 2500 hours on them and they're a pretty heavy. Looking back I should have bought it, those Hondas last.

I'm curious as to what happened to it. I saw it listed at a salvage auction and it was pretty messed up.
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Pretty sure I have original sale brochure. Will look and post it if I find.

Both the 26 and 30 were good looking for sure.
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No help I'm afraid but I gotta say, as a kid I would see those Blackwatch ads in saltwater sportsman and just drool all over those pages! They had great illustrations of all the compartments and interiors of those boats...
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I searched long and far for a 26 before a stumbled on a 30 and bought that. I have only used it in the fall but so far I have been very impressed with the design, fit and finish. Took it across the bay to PTown in a pretty good chop and it handled great. Now if this weather would turn I could actually work on it....
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
Time to start thinking about my next project boat. Been doing one every two years. Winter project and summer fish up north for few seasons.
Considering a 26 Black Watch outboard, always loved the lines and layout. I know they have a bad rep bc of balsa core construction. Would be a total re fit, Just like my last two. Any owners have any experience with one? My last project was a 23 Regulator, which I love owning and fishing. Gonna be a hard act to follow.

Any real experience with th BLack Watch 26 appreciated.
Because you liked your 23 Regulator, have you looked at restoring a 26 Regulator Express? Having never been on a 26 Black Watch, I don't know anything about them but what I've read. I own a Regulator 26 Express and like it. The layout of the Black Watch looks similar to the 26 Regulator Express but the Reg has a engine bracket. The Reg hull isn't cored and I don't know about the Black Watch. I believe the Reg may have a sharper vee.
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26 reg express not an option. Nice layout but I'm one of those guys who does not like brackets.
Thanks. I'll keep looking for now.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
I had a chance to buy one for a good deal and I checked out because the Honda 225s had like 2500 hours on them and they're a pretty heavy. Looking back I should have bought it, those Hondas last.

I'm curious as to what happened to it. I saw it listed at a salvage auction and it was pretty messed up.
I bought mine from a salvage auction with Honda 225"s but they only had 65 hours on them and it wasn't that bad.
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I see a few of them out of Westport and nearby areas. Nice deep V and spacious wide open deck. If you don’t find one soon it’s maybe worth a visit to the Hinckley yard in Portsmouth RI. Lots of guys there built them back in the day and have been through all the makes and know a lot of the boats, little harbor, Hunt, Black Watch, Hinckley, etc. same guys built and sold them all.
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i miss old girl, i should have keep her.....
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Black Watch made a pretty boat but don’t they have balsa coring?
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
26 reg express not an option. Nice layout but I'm one of those guys who does not like brackets.
Thanks. I'll keep looking for now.
I looked a 26 Regulator express several years ago Nice boat It had twin 225 Zuke 2 strokes on it. If I remember correctly Regulator only made between 40 to less than 50 of them. That might be a hard find anyhow.
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Originally Posted by Bamaskeetshooter View Post
Black Watch made a pretty boat but don’t they have balsa coring?

They do. They get a bad rep as if Black Watch was the only balsa cored boat ever made. Plenty of companies built them back in the day. No problems with mine.
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If OP wants a 26 Black Watch he should buy a Black Watch. I'm sure a suitable one will come along. I wanted a 26 Regulator Express and it took me a while to find one but I found one.
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I bought a 1990 26'. One of the few inboards they built that year. I repowered it with new d4 300 volvos and am very impressed. Very well built and solid as a rock. I added a thru hull for a new livewell pick up and found only solid glass. We cut down the stringers to accept the new engine rails and they were perfect inside. I believe my cap is cored but it is perfect. Not a single blister or blemish after 30 years.

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