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Irwin 38'Classic
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Description: Irwin 38'Classic
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Review Date: Wed March 15, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Irwin 38' Classic is a keel or K/Cntrboard combination that draws five feet with the keel and only 3'9" with the board up on the centerboard model. I have the centerboard model and find that the board is not needed over 80% of the time. It's only when beating hard to windward that it helps. This boat is beautifully balanced and extremely fast. I have had her in extreme conditions such as forty knots plus beating into a headsea, and for the most part, you could let go of the wheel (when the sails are properly balanced) and she will sail herself. Being a centerboard boat, you will want to reef in the sails a little sooner than on a keel model. She fine up to around 18 knots steady of wind and then the first reef should be taken in the main. The interior is very traditional and the exterior is highly reminiscent of other notable boats of that period, such as the Block Island Forty and the Bermuda Forty. She is a beautiful, fast boat whose only shortcomings are indicative of the design and period such as: Not a ton of room below, though adequate and even comfortable for a cruising couple. The toerails almost always leak and rebedding is a necessity on any of this model that has not been done in the past ten years. If you are looking for a boat that is strong, fast and beautiful that can be bought very inexpensively and restored by anyone with elbow grease and reasonable handyman skills, this is one you should consider.
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