» Number of reviews : 8004 - viewing 10 Per Page

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

Views: 3257

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: 2951

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: 15014

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. More Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/victoria18/

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: 3222

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: 8859

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

Last Review Posted by Seidelmann - posted: Fri June 20, 2014 9:18am [ Post a Review

Views: 5060

Purchased a Seidelmann 299 a couple of months ago. Concur with these other reviews. I am on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada, and unaware of any other boats of this type in this area. Despite the shallow bilge, have not experienced any issues with bilge water on the cabin sole. Lot's of room for a 30 footer. This one in excellent shape with all new electronics, canvas and elec. anchor windless. No blisters in hull, no cracking or delamination found anywhere. This one equiped with a 3 cyl Yanmar 3GMD. Motors at 6 knots @2200 rpm. Very happy with it overall.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "299" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 7.67

Last Review Posted by PA-22-108 - posted: Fri June 20, 2014 4:49am [ Post a Review

Views: 3222

I am looking at a 26 c&c with the deeper keel . It has been in storage for 2 seasons under shrink wrap lots of wet cushions and water in the bilge. I am not sure if it is worth putting more money and work into the boat . Engine stringers are not glassed in at the end grain and seem a little soft with a penetration of 1/4 in or more into the end grain. Engine compartment has some dark gray on all the wood around the engine. Fuel tank is steel and has rust on the outside lower ends so I don't know if any rust is on the inside . Don't know how long the tank will last and how deep the rust has penetrated the wall of the tank. Not much room to work on engine or fuel tank . Engine is yanmar 9 hp single cylinder diesel. Exterior has nice paint Imron I think and decks have been painted too. Not sure if it is worth buying with so many issues. I had a seidelmann 299 that was in about the same condition and it was a lot of work . Anyone own a C&C 26 that can tell me where else to look for weak spot on this design. I always liked the C&C brand. In fact I own a 24 ft Mirage designed by C&C but I need a little more room so I was considering the C&C 26

Rating: 5
Product Details: "26" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ***** 5.00

Last Review Posted by Stepford - posted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:26pm [ Post a Review

Views: 3755

Thought about selling her a few years ago, but I thought I would miss her too much. More fun with two, but can be single-handed in all but the highest winds, if you have a good sail selection.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "18" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by zaneroni - posted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:34pm [ Post a Review

Views: 7277

It appears that the last post here is about 11 years old. I'm buying a 1985 spindrift and was wondering if you guys wouldn't mind sharing some of the modifications you made to make stepping the mast easier. Thanks
Product Details: "22" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating:

Last Review Posted by sailorbill1 - posted: Thu May 8, 2014 10:05pm [ Post a Review

Views: 3602

Good boat for the money, well built, sails well, nice aesthetics.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "sun odyssey 35" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 9.00

« Prev Page · Next Page »
Powered by: Reviewpost vB3 Enhanced
Copyright 2010 All Enthusiast, Inc.

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome