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Irwin 43
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5 2495 Sat August 23, 2014
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100% of reviewers $125,000.00 9.0












Description: Irwin 43
Keywords: Irwin 43
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu August 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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One of Irwin's best efforts. Sails well, very comfortable, good gelcoat and exterior teak. Interior average Irwin. Built better than many Irwin's and holding up well under frequent two to six week cruises, great lakes, keys and Bahamas. Some minimum crazing on deck.
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sail4950
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Registered: April 2000
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed April 2, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent value when well maintained. This boat is very comforatble both under sail and at dock/anchor. Hull and rig simple and solid. Interior very well thought out and standard production finish. Electrical and mechanical engineering is straight forward and well sized. An excellent coastal cruiser for New England. Our plans are for 2 years in Carribbean with very little modifications.
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irwin43

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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 3
Review Date: Sun January 22, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: All around great boat,sails well and comfortable.Solid hull
Cons: no complaints,I would sail this boat anywhere

This is our third Irwin43.First one was a 85,second one was a 86 and just recently, bought another 1986 in pristine condition.We keep the boat at Crisfield ,Maryland
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adlib2
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Registered: November 2000
Posts: 2
Review Date: Mon November 12, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $125,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid, sturdy, Ocean Vessel~~Have been through 5 hurricanes.
Cons: While beautiful the exterior teak, particularly the cap rail is a high maintenance item.

Have owned My Irwin for 14 years and sailed many miles in all conditions. Single handed from Lake Ontario, Canada to the Caribbean, 3500 miles, cruised for 6 years & then my wife helped sail back to Florida, 2000 miles. Nothing I don't know about this Irwin.
Have spent much in upgrades for Wind Gennie, Solar Panels, Auto Pilot, Radar, ground tackle and now preparing to spend on Sail Stack Pack, Air Conditioning, New Frig, Salon Cushions & State Room Mattresses.
I don't intend selling any time soon.
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charlesmoore03

Irwin 43 MkIII

Registered: August 2014
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sat August 23, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good lines, Good value, Good comfort
Cons: Fuel capacity, house battery capacity, freeboard

I am a brand new owner of this Irwin 43 that is now named Inspiration II. I hope to write more articles as I develop experience with her. I originally was looking for a Whitby 42 and after talking with the broker he showed me our present boat and it fit our plans for coastal and Caribbean cruising. We will be live aboards for 6 months per year.

Our previous vessel was Inspiration ,a 35' Youngsun shown in my avatar, which we cruised during the summer months on Lake Michigan and lived aboard from April through October.

Like our first vessel, my wife immediately liked the Irwin 43. The lines were clean, it was bright and airy, the galley was functional and reasonably secure, the interior was beautiful, open and uncrowded. She also liked the two heads that were complete with showers and 180 gallons of water to use taking them. The berths were open and looked comfortable. The two air conditioners would keep us cool in all but the very hottest of conditions.

Also, like our first Inspiration, I liked her immediately for much the same reasons as the First Mate. I also liked the 8kw generator because, within limits, it would power the air conditioners, microwave and most anything else we could throw at it including the AC power refridge, freezer. On the negative side, the battery capacity could be larger and the boat does not have a watermaker, solar panels or wind generator.

We have a lot of refit plans but the upcoming season will see new hatch lens replacement as required, two 250W solar panels with MPPT charger (to down convert the 36VDC panels) and possibly a wind generator if I can find a good used unit. No watermaker is on the immediate horizon but I have a good friend who fabricates these components into systems so who knows. Also, a high water alarm/bilge system and re-plumbing the front shower sump so it pumps grey water directly overboard instead of via the bilge and bilge pump as is standard.

Moore later.
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