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Irwin 10/4
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3 5856 Fri June 23, 2006
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Description: Irwin 10/4
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue January 5, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Standard sloop rig. Skeg keel w/center board. 2'9" draft board up, 6'8" down. 25'4" loa, 22'10" lwl, 10'4" beam.
7000 lbs displacement, 2000 lbs ballast. Wheel steering,
inboard, mine is a Yanmar 7hp, which is a bit small for
this size displacement.
This is a great little boat for its size. Due to the beam
it is huge down below. Lots of teak below, which gives it
a nice classy feel. Berths for 4. enclosed head. It only
has 5'10" headroom in the main cabin, which makes me bend a bit unless I am under the sliding hatch.
Sails very well, in my opinion, although it tends to wander
a little bit. My has a 140 genoa with roller furling.
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Registered: September 2002
Location: Sanford, FL
Posts: 4
Review Date: Wed December 29, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


My 10/4 has been modified into a full keel with 3' 8" draft, reduced companion way, tiller steering and a heavier mast with double stay forward. The galley has also been modified, so from here on I'll talk about the unmodified features. Although, it is only 25' 4" length on deck, the bowsprit makes it 28' 6" overall. It has a low profile, and its 10' 4" beam makes it extremely stable and roomy inside and out. You can actually walk the gunwales. I am 6' 2" tall and I can sleep in any direction in the v-berth. It forms a 6' 6" equilateral triangle. Headroom is only 5' 10", but I am used to bowing my head in boats. On deck it seems/feels like a much bigger boat, too. I had a Hunter 27 that didn't feel nearly as big and rocked from side to side much more. It wasn't any faster either. The Yanmar SB8 inboard has only one cylinder and is a bit noisy, too. A newer engine would improve the situation, but it is not intolerable. The wide companion way would be a risk in breaking seas, but structurally, it seems very sound. With the modifications previously mentioned, my boat was sailed to Burmuda and back by a previous owner. It weathered building seas on the outskirts of a hurricane. Wouldn't want to be in a hurricane in any boat!
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Review Date: Fri June 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 


I purchased this boat in hawaii, first sailboat I have owned. The previous owner had defered lots of mait. The inboard was removed and replaced with a 15 hp merc on a bracket before I purchased the boat.

I have sailed the boat around the hawaiin islands and been in one blow with it. while I dont care to repeat that event the boat held up well with too much sail up and an inexperianced crew. My plan was keep the bow up into the waves and run for the lee of a nearby island. It worked and I have new confidance in the boat.

I just recently got it out of the boatyard. Two blisters repaired, new bottom paint, extended the rudder by 8 inches and repaired the centerboard as it was damaged by the travel lift. new head and holding tank. The most inportant repair was the ridiculas rudder system. I replaced a rotting rusted quadrant with marine lumber (3/4 inch) and stainless as well as a new bronze rudder port to replace the flimsy fiberglass mess that almost sank me when it gave way underway.

all and all, a very spacious boat given the length and it is doable as a liveaboard with one person. it is not bluewater boat, but is well built and sturdy, albeit a little slow in light air.
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