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Does anyone know what kind of sailing the Irwind 285 (1972) was designed for. The hull seems stout enough for offshore work, but the rigging is ?????

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Irwin built a number of 28 footers. I am not familiar with one designated as a 285 but Irwins that I know in that size range were pretty much strictly coastal cruisers although some where racer/cruisers in their day. Irwin used a lot of nin-directional laminate and minimal internal framing making a 33 year old Irwin less than ideal for a consistent diet of offshore work without some serious remedial work.

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Actually it is technically a 28 footer, but it''s specs are 28''6" with a 4.5'' draft.....
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Irwins were/are coastal cruisers.

What do you mean by "offshore"? I would not cross an ocean in one, but a day or two shot would be a different matter, though the windows would be a concern - they were pretty thin plexiglass on my Irwin.

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Offshore meaning: Is this boat strong enough to cruise from Texas to the Carib and island hop.....or, maybe head South to Mexico and Central America????
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With a bunch of remedial work and a little luck.

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Work your way to Florida first. Beef up the windows. I agree with Jeff. Watch the weather closely and if you are in doubt stay where you are.
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