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
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau
Last edited by JimMcGee; 04-30-2013 at 08:19 PM.