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Re: 1st post... Thoughts on Purchase ***Help***

I'm a strong believer in more than one person knowing how to handle the boat. When you go down, will your wife be comfortable at the helm of a 65 foot boat? At least to the point where she can anchor so you aren't a moving target for rescuers and get out of the way of boat traffic if needed and not make things worse with the boat while doing it?
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The mechanical was all refit in 07/08, Perkins has 400 hours, generator will be renewed with an new 20K Northern Lights, All rigging replaced in 07, new airconditioning units in 07, new ports, bowmar hatches, and boom furling main. Sails are all new in 08 and have seen zero use since new. There is to much to list on the mechanical refit suficive to say that the mechanical refit was comprehensive in 2007/08. The deck need painted, hull is excellent. There is cosmetic work that should be done, but nothing urgent. I will get a survey, maybe two. Nothing is set in stone yet, just trying to get every bit of feedback I can. The autopilot is an old Robertson unit, the Bow thruster is brand new Hydraulic. hmmm. Other considerations??
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I'm a strong believer in more than one person knowing how to handle the boat. When you go down, will your wife be comfortable at the helm of a 65 foot boat? At least to the point where she can anchor so you aren't a moving target for rescuers and get out of the way of boat traffic if needed and not make things worse with the boat while doing it?
Ha my wife is fearless, maybe to much so.. LOL. She handles our 40' now at least as well as I do. If I can do it, she can... maybe I have that backwards if she can do it maybe I can.
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The mechanical was all refit in 07/08, Perkins has 400 hours, generator will be renewed with an new 20K Northern Lights, All rigging replaced in 07, new airconditioning units in 07, new ports, bowmar hatches, and boom furling main. Sails are all new in 08 and have seen zero use since new. There is to much to list on the mechanical refit suficive to say that the mechanical refit was comprehensive in 2007/08. The deck need painted, hull is excellent. There is cosmetic work that should be done, but nothing urgent. I will get a survey, maybe two. Nothing is set in stone yet, just trying to get every bit of feedback I can. The autopilot is an old Robertson unit, the Bow thruster is brand new Hydraulic. hmmm. Other considerations??
Good stuff...your eyes are wide open and there's been considerable refit already... this just might work
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The Irwin 65 is a great boat, we love ours... PM me and I can give you my contact info, be happy to give you all the information I have. I have a lot of detailed info on our refit and I can point out some problem areas. The mast step is Iron I would make sure the step is in sound shape, ours had to be replaced which mean unstepping the mast, chain plates will need replaced if they haven't already been done. My wife and I sail ours with our teenage boys as crew, they can sail her without our help. She's a big girl, but we love her and I don't think my wife would consider anything smaller at this point. Best of luck.

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The old auto pilot sticks in my craw, and we had a complete backup unit installed. It only really saved our bacon once, but it was nice to know it was there. We were always short handed sailing with only 5 on board and three sailors.

Otherwise what you are describing looks like a very well kitted out boat with little I might do... The 20kw generator however sounds a little over the top. As I remember we ran the whole boat on a 8kw, and the system loads were pretty much the same. But then I was 12 when we looked at the 68' so I may be remembering it wrong.
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Thanks TC, I don't have enough posts on here yet to send PMs, but you can PM your info, I'd love to chat with you.

I was planning on installing a 20K Northern lights, maybe the 16.5K unit instead after talking with a couple owners about what they use. Both of those owners were charter operators and one had a 20k and and 8K. The boats all orginally came with 12.5K Kohlers. I think the loads could be reasonably high with five air conditioning units running, plus other demands. I am sure the 16.5 would be more than adeqate, but then the price difference between the two is supprisingly very little.

The winches are all barient and the four primarys are all electric, apparhently all new parts are available for them from a supplier in Austraillia. The Electric motors have all been replaced with new, and all the winches serviced.

The steering system is confounding to me as it is both cable and hydraulic depending on which way a lever is flipped at the helm. I have never seen anything quite like it. I was told that the system was installed in Austraillia a great expense. Has anyone heard of a steering system like this before?
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