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» Number of reviews : 7986 - viewing 10 Per Page

Last Review Posted by Pendragon35 - posted: Sat December 6, 2014 6:02am [ Post a Review


Views: 5169

We bought Pendragon, I believe a 1965 Alberg 35 in July, 2014. Previous Owner (PO) had done extensive rewiring very professionally. Another PO had installed a Yanmar 3gm30 diesel, also another PO had built a beautiful chart table/storage area between the port galley/port settee. I believe the forward berth was also changed; it is about a 1.5 person, starboard only. The boat is tender but hardens up about 25 deg of heel in winds of about 10 knots. She's a joy to sail. Although objectively she isn't as fast as others, she "feels" fast. Very solid, very homey, well built. I have her in Baltimore's inner harbor and intend coastal cruising on the Chesapeake but she has the "we could go anywhere" feel to her. Definitely would recommend this boat for a cruising couple.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "35" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by ajmd - posted: Wed November 12, 2014 12:45pm [ Post a Review


Views: 2640

i am looking at a 2000 hunter 310. seems okay, has a 5ft plus keel, looks like the deck hardware where riiging goes into deck (stay??) the bedding looks cracked , any issues??
Product Details: "31" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating:

Last Review Posted by CaptainNick - posted: Fri October 10, 2014 1:05pm [ Post a Review


Views: 6775

This is my second boat after a Catalina 25. I have had my Ericson 27 for 2 seasons now. The first season was almost entirely just cleaning the boat and replacing parts on the atomic 4. This last season finally got the Atomic running smooth with the electronic ignition kit installed and a cleaning of the fuel system. Put on a new hatch cover with new wood trim, and have had a dozen trips out with the engine running well now. Reversing out of my slip is a fun exercise, I think prop walk makes steering in reverse tricky. I seem to always rotate the front to starboard when in reverse, so i counter steer against that now. The boat sails faster than the Catalina 25 or at least feels faster and is also much more sensitive with tiller steering. Looking away for a minute can significantly alter course. Great weekend cruiser so far, and love hearing how far people go on their "smaller" boats. End up daydreaming about sailing down the coast to the Caribbean.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "27" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 7.50

Last Review Posted by ixd704 - posted: Tue September 16, 2014 7:41am [ Post a Review


Views: 3057

Great boat. I've had it for 2.5 years now. She came from the Great Lakes (Sarnia) and is now at home on the Ottawa River. Great for cruising, although it currently won't win any club races (I'm 16th out of 24 boats). But, in fairness to the boat, I had a bad grounding (low water levels and a big unmarked boulder) and the keel now has a bite out of it (grinding cast iron is a slow slow process). Once I fill and fair the divot, speed aught to go back up to 8 knots in a 10 knot blow. At the moment 7.5 knots in a 15 knot wind is the best I can get out of her. Before the grounding, cruising at 8 knots was quite common even under power. Now I'm lucky if I can get her to 7 knots with full power. I have been slowly finding things to fix: The electrical on old boats is, well, old. I have been changing things like the lighting, radio, stereo and all of the wiring to those parts and snaking wire around in this boat is quite a challenge at times. Still to do is the main panel (fuses instead of breakers). I also want to replace the rest of the lighting with LEDs (best thing ever for long battery life at night). My current problem is that water draining from the main hatch cover does not exit through the spouts but rather is running between the glass layers to the windows. I will cut the top off the deck at the hatch and then seal the area where the two glass sheets join. It would have been a better design to have screwed the cover to the deck verses making it part of the deck (my neighbours boat has this set up so I'm going to copy it). I will make it removable. Once repaired, it should be better than new. Engine has started to overheat when at over 50% throttle for extended periods, I suspect it has ingested part of a water pump impeller as I was unable to find all of the parts of the previous one that was broken. I'm sure it will not be fun trying to verify that the water ways are clear through the engine this fall. So it is important to change those impellers often...

Rating: 8
Product Details: "28" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 8.00

Last Review Posted by stevecar - posted: Fri August 29, 2014 7:18pm [ Post a Review


Views: 9177

Today my wife and I viewed a 1980 323 with a 5 year old Universal 25 hp engine. We are seriously considering purchase after haul out and survey. I was troubled by the negative comments concern the front of the engine access. I am going to explore this issue prior to purchase. All the port lights leak and the owner stated they all need to be replace. The four in the head and v berth are easy but the metal framed in main cabin could be more difficult. If anyone has experience with window replacement would love to hear from you. Steve C

Rating: 8
Product Details: "323" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by charlesmoore03 - posted: Sat August 23, 2014 10:26am [ Post a Review


Views: 2741

I am a brand new owner of this Irwin 43 that is now named Inspiration II. I hope to write more articles as I develop experience with her. I originally was looking for a Whitby 42 and after talking with the broker he showed me our present boat and it fit our plans for coastal and Caribbean cruising. We will be live aboards for 6 months per year. Our previous vessel was Inspiration ,a 35' Youngsun shown in my avatar, which we cruised during the summer months on Lake Michigan and lived aboard from April through October. Like our first vessel, my wife immediately liked the Irwin 43. The lines were clean, it was bright and airy, the galley was functional and reasonably secure, the interior was beautiful, open and uncrowded. She also liked the two heads that were complete with showers and 180 gallons of water to use taking them. The berths were open and looked comfortable. The two air conditioners would keep us cool in all but the very hottest of conditions. Also, like our first Inspiration, I liked her immediately for much the same reasons as the First Mate. I also liked the 8kw generator because, within limits, it would power the air conditioners, microwave and most anything else we could throw at it including the AC power refridge, freezer. On the negative side, the battery capacity could be larger and the boat does not have a watermaker, solar panels or wind generator. We have a lot of refit plans but the upcoming season will see new hatch lens replacement as required, two 250W solar panels with MPPT charger (to down convert the 36VDC panels) and possibly a wind generator if I can find a good used unit. No watermaker is on the immediate horizon but I have a good friend who fabricates these components into systems so who knows. Also, a high water alarm/bilge system and re-plumbing the front shower sump so it pumps grey water directly overboard instead of via the bilge and bilge pump as is standard. Moore later.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "43" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by Koinonia M27 323 - posted: Sun August 17, 2014 9:09am [ Post a Review


Views: 2571

purchased boat this summer after 2 year search. perfect size for return to sailing after 30 years. just the 1st mate and myself, perfect size, will need to upgrade electrics for all equipment that had been added over the years. There are a few owners active out there, all seem to be happy with their boats, wish there was a very active group, would save all of us a lot of headaches, no need to reinvent the wheel. Solid boat, good design, good builder, was well taken care of.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "27" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by iwhitman - posted: Fri June 27, 2014 6:48pm [ Post a Review


Views: 13308

Dpeavey is right on. I recently bought a second Vic 18 (I sold the first many years ago because I didn't have time to sail much back then). The addition of a screened, opening portal on the front of the cabin made a big improvement on ventilation. Beware of too much engine--the lazarette really does compromise the strength of the after deck and motor mount. Though, I understand that some were built without the lazarette (and without battery/lights), which mitigates this problem. Sails well in light air with main and Genoa. Also does well in stiff breeze with reefed main and jib. In between, with main and jib, she has a bit too much weather helm. Over all, a great boat for day sails and weekend trips.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "18" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review Posted by PA-22-108 - posted: Wed June 25, 2014 4:38pm [ Post a Review


Views: 2905

Is the 1978 C&C a cored hull?
Product Details: "26" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ***** 5.00

Last Review Posted by lebob - posted: Mon June 23, 2014 10:38am [ Post a Review


Views: 8044

I have the Niagara version with the factory installed race package: boom-vang, inboard genoa/jib track, all halyards and other controls lead to cockpit, adjustable split back-stay, jiffy reefing, two 2 speed winches, 6 winches total, mid-boom sheeting with cockpit traveler, and internal halyards. The Niagara version interior has a teak and holly sole and more teak trim. Mine had the handrails removed for racing. I installed new, smaller, sturdy stainless steel handrails that look and work great. Very little exterior wood, which I like. The boom sits high which made adding a bimini very easy. I used a very light aluminum bimini that easily/quickly comes off for races; it works and looks great. Cabin has a new aft port side marine head and some new electronics. I removed the folding table and v-berth partition/cushion for a more open cabin. The cabin feels very spacious for a 24' boat. Headroom in my original 1978 manual is listed as 5'6''. Overall it's a great weekend cruiser for my small family. 6-8 people can be comfortable for a light air daysail. On choppy days the bow and cabin top can get splashed. A 5hp longshaft outboard cruises around 5.5 knots easily and has never fully cavitated in some decent bay weather. I race it in regattas and weekly club races . In PHRF and Portsmouth the boat does great. In mixed wind conditions it consistently sails to it rating. In certain wind conditions it sails much better than its PHRF rating. This is my sixth sailboat. Construction on this boat compared to others is solid: old school sturdy fiberglass, stout spars, and heavy duty rigging. Overall after cruising and racing every week for two years, I think the C&C 24 is still one of the better racer/cruiser designs in its size.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "24" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

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