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Irwin 32
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3 3351 Mon September 12, 2011
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100% of reviewers $14.00 9.0

Description: Irwin 32
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Mon April 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This is an aft cockpit sloop rig boat that I recently purchased and am currently reconditioning. Though some upgrading had been done in the past, I decided after losing the drive shaft one day that a major refit was in order! The hull on this boat is very thick and well-formed. In fact, only one blister was found and was traced to an old accident where the keel likely hit a reef and was slightly damaged. One significant problem found that I understand is a common Irwin issue was a badly corroded rudder post. The only way to repair is to replace the rudder and post completely. Many of the thru-hull valves were completely frozen, so all new thru-hulls were installed. In addition, the wire used to raise and lower the centerboard in my opinion was not heavy enough to safely do the job. All of the centerboard rigging was also replaced as a result. The boat has a 25hp Westerbeke diesel that was added some time ago and seems to run well. When she leaves the yard in a few days, the boat will be ready for some serious cruising. Next on the list is to do some interior work, though not too much is needed. I have already replaced the old copper propane line with a new rubber line and safety valve/regulator. Also new are all halyard and sheet lines along with a new 140 genoa. I doubt I'll be able to recoup all the $$ invested, but once I hit the Bahamas and Keys a few times, I'm sure it won't matter a bit!
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Review Date: Sun May 20, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have owned this boat for 10 years. Sail well and has had no major problems. This is the "new' racing/charter configuration. All teak interior, fold down rear transom, Head in starboard middle. Very comfortable
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Registered: January 2010
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 253
Review Date: Mon September 12, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $14.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sometimes you hear bad things about Irwins, but I haven't found an owner yet that didn't like the boats. Solid built without all the fancies.
Cons: Not a light wind boat, slightly narrow, only one opening port.

We have owned our solid fin-keel '73 32 ft Irwin now for several seasons. Sailing her on Lake Michigan. These are good old boats and with a good breeze she easily keeps up with or passes 30' to 36' contemporary boats only half or a quarter her age. Her capsize ratio and motion comfort are very high resulting in a safe or what feels like a safe boat. The 5 feet plus draft might be a disadvantage but she sails beautiful because of it. Almost forty years old and no blisters. Thick solid fiberglass, our boat has the gas Atomic 4 (Universal) 30 HP capable of pushing the boat at hull speed 6.7 knt, roomy cockpit and well appointed cabin with lots of teak. I sailed this boat across Lake Michigan in many different conditions from 5 to 35 mph wind. She can handle a 6 to 8 ft chop as well as a 3 ft wave. Due to her weight she seldom slams and rather cuts thru the waves. The storage on this boat for both personal and boat items is great. The rear cockpit lazarette and SB lockers are huge and inside the SP and Port sliding door cabinets offer enormous storage on their shelves and the cabinets in the galley as well as the bureau in the V-berth with hanging wardrobe are great. Even the head has enough storage for any personal item an cleaning supplies. A family of 4 can easily spend a couple of weeks on board.
Again this is a great cruiser/racer, a good sailer, she likes to be reefed at 20 mph or so to keep heeling and weather-helm down. These are good old boats that can be bought from $7K to $25K or half of what equivalent boats might cost. I prefer the solid keel (Classic) over the centerboard model (Shoal Draft) only reason that the drop down center board mechanism have to be well kept maintained as not to give you problems. As with any out of production boat it's value is only determined by the up-keep of its PO's.

Skipper E-J
S/V "Sailmates" 1973 IRWIN 32 Classic

I want to live and sail forever, so far so good[/SIGPIC]
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