Re: Please tell me this is a nutty idea so I will stop looking at this boat.
Andy, the OP said they weren't really handy, that's why I suggested something like the C27. 20-30 years newer than the Irwin, there are lots of them out there, lots of information on them on the web, the factory still supplies all the original parts, there's an active owners group and third party vendors that specialize in these boats.
Taken together that smooths the path for a new sailor and makes life a little easier.
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
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Last edited by JimMcGee; 04-30-2013 at 08:19 PM.