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Question Irwin - blue water?

Can anyone share with me the reliability of the 52' Irwin in the San Francisco Bay? I've heard conflicting opinions and would love some opinions based on actual experience.
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I'm a little confused by your post. "Blue water" usually refers to offshore sailing but than you mention San Fransisco Bay in your post. Did you mean for offshore sailing, crossing oceans, etc?
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Bluewater definitely refers to offshore, long distance open ocean type passages, say from Los Angeles to Maui.

San Francisco Bay can be rough, but not the same as bluewater...

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Most Irwin boats are known to be coastal cruisers. But I know several Irwin owners that claim there boat to be a Bluewater cruiser, I guess it depends how good of a "sailor" you are and how much you know your own boat.
Perssonally I have a 37' Irwin and I have gone from Fort Lauderdale to The Bahamas with no problem, but thats a trip I'll do in good weather and definetly not during hurricane season.

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The Irwin52 s put together better than a lot of the smaller Irwins but is still not what I would consider an "ocean crossing" boat. It is a GREAT live aboard boat as the room and ameneties below on most are wonderful AND it is perfectly capable of handiling some rough coastal weather assuming the boat is well maintained. No problem for SF Bay.
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1975 Irwin 38

We are going to look at a 1975 Irwin 38, shoal keel, cutter rig. It looks like there are quite varied reviews of the Irwins. Has anyone got any experience with this particular boat? I know it's old, but it sure looks like a boat we could live with for a long time. Our main cruising grounds are Great Lakes, but I don't want to rule out a trip down the ICW to the Bahamas or down the Mississippi. We are headed up to look at it this weekend.
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