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post #5 of Old 05-30-2003
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Irwin 38 Centerboard


We owned a Irwin for about 5 years. They are a mixed bag. As far as livability and comfort at sea, they are great. When it comes to speed, quality of construction and how well they point to windward, they do not earn high marks. If your intended use is coastal cruising and jumps to the Bahamas, I would highly recommend them.

On the qualtiy of construction issue, since they are 20 or more years old, if the boat has been maintained properly, most of those issues should have already been resolved.

The previous owner of our boat was as "anal" as they come. The boat was in perfect condition and we had very few problems. The main thing that you need to do is find a real good surveyor. I can not stress this enough with the Irwins!!! I''m sure there are some dogs as well as some jewels out there.

Good Luck!!

bob m
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