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Irwin Citation 34
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Description: Irwin Citation 34
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue June 9, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great interior, very usable for coastal cruising. The boat is fast and stable, better off the wind than into the wind. She tracks well and rides the chop pretty well. We mostly day sail and weekend cruise on Lake Michigan and she fits our needs to the tee. Great cockpit and workable deck. Plenty of fresh air and light down below. Most Irwins have leaky ports and hatches. A good survey is of course a must.


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Review Date: Wed December 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Aft cockpit, fast on the down wind and a beautiful boat. Weather helm does existand I'm currently seeking a way to reduce this, any suggestions are welcome. Finishes in the middle of the fleet in races in the Wilmington River, Savannah Ga. Set up for livaboard, overall pleased with the boat( owned since3/98). please contact me for dialogue. RB
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Review Date: Sun February 14, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have hull #8. I have only had my boat for a year and only sailed it in Saginaw Bay up here in Michigan. I have single-handed her several times very enjoyably. I am oonly the second owner. So far, I am very impressed. The Irwin is a lot of boat for the buck.
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Review Date: Mon August 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just purchased her this summer (1999). I will update this review after I have had an opportunity to sail her in different conditions. At this point I am just thrilled.
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Mon November 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have had her since 1993. Gorgeous boat. Faster than most boats her size. Excels on reach and beam reach. Wonderfull boat for two people. Have single handed her quite a bit as well (tack from in front of the pedestal to deal with winch location).
We now have leaking ports. Sixteen horse yanmar is a bit small.
I'm very happy. Shes a wonderfull hobby.
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Review Date: Wed April 19, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I HAVE OWNED WIZARD FOR 4 YEARS. SHE HAS BEEN VERY KIND TO ME. STRONG. FAST. RELIABLE. BIG. WE LOVE HER.
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Review Date: Sun July 16, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Owned her for two years. We are the second owners and love her. Boat is fast and able on most points of sail. Leaking ports have been updated with parts from Bomar / Gray through Sailnet store. We have the 3 cylinder Yanmar and it is a good match. Need information on how to secure the engine hatch cover. Boat performs well in seas in RI sound.
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wiersmap
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Registered: August 2000
Review Date: Wed October 4, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am the second owner of this fixed keel, 4' shallow draft, version of the Citation 34. She had never been abused, but lightly used, which can create its own set of problems. The things that attracted me to the boat are: reasonable price, nice interior, workable deck layout, good sailing performance. Things not so good: very lightly built, leaky ports, tender sailing performance ( I generally reef the main sail when winds get to 15mph in order to retain full use of the approx. 120% roller furling genoa). Things to look for that MUST be serviced if faulty: (1) Aft chain plate (especially if mounted inside hull). It may have barely visible crevice corrosion at the top mounting bolt, where stress is most prevalent. (2) If side chainplates are covered up on the interior (with a teak cover) you must remove the cover and check for dry rot in the bulkhead. Another tell tale sign here is the chain plate becoming taller on deck when you tighten the rig. (3) Check the bearing or bushing in the steering shaft support column. If your steering is tight, the bushing may be out of line or, if you have a bearing, it may be worn out. I replaced the entire steel beam column with a stainless steel version with self-aligning bearing. Steers like a dream now. (4) Don't remove the external strainer on your water intake thru-hull. You may end up with 4 little fountains inside your hull. Yes, some hulls are that thin in that location. These comments are not intended to dissuade you from this vessel; just alert you to some known problems. Overall, the Citation is generally a good value, with good sailing qualities and living space. A great coastal or Bahamas cruiser, but I probably would not go "blue water" beyond that.
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Review Date: Thu December 28, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased the boat in May of 2000. Sailed it 322 miles across the gulf from St. Pete to the Destin area. Wife and I are really pleased with boat. It has several updates made in 94. It has rollerfurling headsail and main, air, and autohelm.
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Review Date: Thu December 28, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought the boat in May of 2000, and my first sail after sea trials was to deliver the boat 321 nm across the gulf where we keep it in the Destion area. She sails very good off the wind with her rollerfurling headsail and rollerfurling main. She doesn't go as good upwind but you can't have everything. My wife and I love the cabin, cockpit and the way the boat handles. We plan to cruise for about 5 months on it this summer off Fl. coast and maybe Bahamas. Had hoped for a centerboard shoal draft but couldn't be that luckly. Only shoal draft. She has had all her ports replaced which was good. I had heard about the leakly ports in this model. It is a great boat for the money.
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shipley
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Registered: May 2001
Posts: 54
Review Date: Sat January 26, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have had my Irwin for 5 years. Great Boat. Bought it in NJ, sailed Atlantic City to Cape May often, then moved the boat to Lake Mead (Las Vegas), now sailing it in San Francisco Bay. Spent several thousand though in getting it in excellent shap. Major problems would be 1)plastic ports should be replaced due to leaking/rot in teak, 2)caulk chainplates often to prevent bulkhead rot, 3)lots of gelcoat cracks, 4)soft hull on starboard quarter when up on ways/dry docked and #1A problem - Yanmar 2QM15 (15hp) too small for a 12,000 lb boat, some Irwin engineer (or accounting value engineer) should have been shot - excellent motor though. The plus - you wont find a better layout in boats up to 40' (in same vintage), teak woodwork is very good, sails well in all weather (but knocks over in a stiff breeze then digs in), I handle it often solo, no blisters in 21 years after 17yrs NJ salt water, and 4 years 80-90 degree Lake Mead fresh water, nice lines, high bow is good in storms, gelcoat polishes up like new w/good top of the line 3M products ($$$), a simple rig to take apart and put together when shipping or storing, seems to have well laid up glass work, strong deck structure. Woudn't think about crossing the Pacific, but would do unlimited coastal cruising after "hang'n a left" after clearing the Golden Gate.
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Review Date: Wed October 16, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Me and my wife bought the vessel two years ago and sailed primarily on the south shore of Long Island NY. We have the centerboard version, but the previous owner removed the board and replaced it with 325lb of lead. We have found her a bit tender when the wind is over 15knots but reefing does help to balance her well. We love the interior layout, but need to replace her portlights due to leaks. The rigs stays seem a bit light weight so we intend to replace them. overall we love the vessel, and plan these upgrades to do some serious cruising.
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lastconch

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Registered: January 2002
Posts: 34
Review Date: Fri December 31, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Second owner, Purchased in greenport NY, in 1988. Sailed long island sound to block island, and south to florida and the bahamas, along west coast of florida, and to the dry troguas, over night from Naples 40 knot tail wind 15 ft or better seas, stayed dry, only two waves even attempted to poop the cockpit. Have added second reef to main a 130% genoa (bi radial cut), replaced ports, changed gatevalves for seacocks, removed water heater, engine 2qm20 has power to push her 7 knots. rudder lower bearing, and prop strut subcombed to corrsion and new fabricated.
love to sail her on all points of sail. over 15 kts first reef, 25 kts second reef, need smaller jib for winds over 40. have outsailed 37' hunter ledgend b&G rig. any wind over 8kts she'll make 3kts. sailed 63 miles from dry torguas to key west in 9.5 hours beam reach in 20kts+ winds. Currently live aboard, and sail solo.
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