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Irwin 37 Center cockpit
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12 9941 Mon March 5, 2007
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Description: Irwin 37 Center cockpit
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Review Date: Wed December 23, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased new in 1979 and sailed over 50,000 nautical miles with very few problems. Most of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay and east coat of U.S.
6'4" Head room.
Very comfortable live-aboard.
Good sailor and does VERY well in heavy seas.
Has a 1980 Mk IV hull. Factory increased sail plan.
Sloop rig with a 150% genoa. Points 35 deg. and gets an easy 7.5-8 plus knots with 12-15 knot wind.
Slow in light breeze and on a run.
Slightly under powered with a 32hp Universal diesel but,
16 in - 3 blade prop with extra cupping helps.
Assembly line joiner work on interior teak required rework.
The original standiing rigging is onboard and still passes all the strength test and "micro-fluxing" of swages.
( Being a mechanical engineer, I can appriciate this. )
Minor electrical problems, mainly with the grounding of the DC system to the motor.
General hull and construction has held up well but, have had "crazing" and stess cracks in gel coat. Has never been painted above the waterline but, ready.
Remodeled aft cabin for increased bunk area and storage.
Over-all very satisfied with the boat considering the price.
Still sailing her 2 - 3 times a month on weekends and short triips. Plannig more extended cruising again in the future.






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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat April 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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After reviewing many (25+) yachts for coastal cruising/liveaboard, the I37CC Ketch appears to be the best available choice. OUrs is upgraded, ie, all gate valves replaced with seacocks, Harken travellers, all portholes have been removed and rebedded (probably should be replaced with ss), roller furling on headsail, 2nd row of reef points on main - all in all, an outstanding choice for our needs - the center cockpit is without peer for below decks amenities
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed August 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We love this boat, big beefy, secure, traditional, and I have new appreciation for splash rails, they really work. Ours has been extensively upgraded. Two more batteries added under the starboard settee. Main salon windows replaced with larger custom windows that are mechanically clamped. Radar, fully enclosable bimini, anchor locker divided in half for lunch-hook and big CQR. Motor very strong and moves boat well when wind dies. 187 gal fresh water, 85 gal desiel, two 14 gal plastic holding tanks. Can't believe its ours. Huge lazarette, big enough for several illegal aliens or two full sized bikes, lines bumpers, cushions, etc. Great galley with refrige, icebox, propane stove and oven, stainless sink. Big and safe, engine easily accessible with two lights. I can't say enough good things about this boat. Need to fix leaks in hull to deck joint. Forward bilge pump pops circuit breaker. Nothing major.
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 2
Review Date: Tue March 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An excellent live aboard for a family or for one. Plenty of storage room. Some minor cosmetic leaks around the toe rail. The hull is very strong and the rigging is quite heavy. She takes open water very well and does not roll like other lighter weight boats. The Perkins engine requires frequent oil changes and is difficult to maintain since they all seem to be built differently. The ketch rig is very efficient and I don't raise the main too often. She does very well in heavy weather but doesn't go to windward well. If you want to get to windward, start the engine and she will do fine.
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Review Date: Fri December 8, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We've had her since 1991 and have cruised SE coast, Gulf coast, Keys and Bahamas. We rerigged her as a cutter in '92 with roller-furling headsails and full battened main with lazy jacks. Most lines lead to the fully enclosed cockpit. Her 50 hp Perkins was installed in '82 and so far has given us a minimum of trouble. Her sailing characteristics with the additional staysail are fully satisfactory. She is an exceptionally comfortable and dry boat. There is some gelcoat crazing on the deck but we're told that it will not affect the integrity of the structure underneath. The 4' draft lets us get in almost anywhere.
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Review Date: Sat February 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased new in 1979, sloop rig, 150% genoa, alum bow sprit, 4 cylinder-Universal diesel. Lived aboard most of the time and have had very few problems, none of which were structural. Remodeled the aft cabin to provide an athwart-ship oversize double bunk, plus new cushions and upholstery in all cabins. Cruised extensively along the Atlantic Coast, most of the Gulf of Mexico coast, Bahamas and the Exumas. Sails decent, not a racer but will reach 7 plus knots and is steady and stable in up to 20kt winds without reefing, sluggish in light winds of 5kt or less, points well, approx 35-40 degrees with the 150% genoa, but did not on the standard 110 that came with the boat. She handled well in 15ft seas and 18kt wind when some of the newer and lighter rigs could not keep up crossing the Gulf Stream. Approaching 100,000 nautical miles with no major repairs and only a few “Skipper” created problems. The main drawback I have found is the lack of workmanship and quality of the interior wood, I have had to rework a lot of it. The Irwin’s are not superior in quality, but well founded and comfortable for the money.
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Registered: April 2002
Posts: 39
Review Date: Wed May 8, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My first house, the owners papered over holes in the walls. This is my fourth boat. I knew it had a lot of rot but wowo. I seemed to have stemmed the major leaks. I am replacing most of the original wiring. She was a real fixer upper. What needs to be done? The pulpit is cracked and hangs about an inch lower on the starboard side. The previous owner satated that it has been like that for years. I bought a dremmel tool to cut grooves in the cracks on the deck, but it will take a long time to do that. Then I have to fill it wiht epoxy...blah blah blah. I have not had her in the water yet, but have been told she handles Lake Erie well. WE get chop, really close together. Please send encouraging emails!!!!!
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Review Date: Fri September 13, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned this boat since 1999 and I just love it. The exterior teak is a chore to keep up with but looks beautiful when done. The sloop sailplan is easy to manage and the below deck amenities are awesome. The center cockpit design is very safe when in rough weather. Things I had to do: Repair the steering, pulleys under the steering stand where pulling loose from their mounts due to galvanic corrosion. Drill drain holes in the stern locker lid and the propane locker lid at the handles, water was collecting in there and turning green with algae. The aluminum bow sprit was cracked and needed rewelded. The cockpit scupper drains were home sink drains and they were connected belowdeck with a tee instead of a y and the combined hose was led forward to a gatevalve thruhull below the floor in the galley. Replaced everything and installed a new ball valve and thruhull in the engine compartment straight down from the drains. Reworked all of the propane system for the stove. Overall, a great boat. Sails nice in a blow, slow in light air. The four foot shoal draft is great on Lake Erie with the water levels down.
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Review Date: Mon November 11, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have recently started on a complete restoration of our 1980 Irwin 37 cc.

We started by stopping the leaks! New fixed portals, new deck hatches and new opening portals. We had to reglass the deck scuppers and the biggest surprise was the fresh water tank vent. The forward water tank top has been reglassed and we will be replacing the center tank soon. There will be two separate feeds through a manifold to the fresh water pump allowing the isolation of the two tanks.

All of the wood has been removed from the boat along with the headliner. We are in the process of installing new vaneer and a new headliner. We were able to save the cabinets and drawers and we are refinishing them now.
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Anjing
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Registered: May 2005
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Review Date: Sun June 26, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My wife and I are searching for our retirement boat. We just found an Irwin 37 CC, cutter rig, and while we haven't seen it yet in person, wonder what we should be most concerned about that might be unique to this age and model. Perhaps someone can help us out with that. Also, if you know, could you share why Irwin's are so much more reasonably priced than many others of this age. If you can help us out, thanks a lot!
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Review Date: Mon June 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: good coastal cruiser with full keel
Cons: deck step mast

A very good boat for the money. Not for crossing the ATlantic ocean but great island hopper.
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Review Date: Mon March 5, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Roomy and comfortable
Cons: Deck stepped mast

I like my boat. I had mine basically willed to me by a nice elderly gentelman in the marina who was dying of prostate cancer and wanted me to have it. I couldn't accept it for nothing so I gave him all I had. Since then I have brought her back from the brink. She was in a state of neglect but still made it through hurricane Rita.
She's pretty fat and as long as there is over 10 knots of wind she sails well. She's very roomy and comfortable. I didn't like the battery compartment so I changed the layout. I don't like the deck stepped mast. Backing her up into a marina slip in tight quarters is a bear. The stanchions through the toe rail and into an ash block design wasn't a great idea. I'm redoing them as we speak. I wanted a generator so I bought one and installed it in the only place possible which is in the lazarette on the stern/port side resulting in a rake from the 400 lbs on the back end. I now have to figure a way to offset the weight and balance her back out but that's not a design issue, it's mine.
If I had to buy her again tomorrow, I would without question. For the price they cost you get a lot to work with.
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