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sailing capability/quality Irwin38CC
I''ve sailed on an Irwin 42CC before (or about that size anyway -- it''s been a few years), and the owner has lost 2 centerboards -- one off Hatteras and one in Annapolis harbor of all places. He said he wasn''t going to replace it after the second time because of the work that would be needed to beef up the pivot point to keep a third one on. He likes the boat, but in general, Irwin''s are a bit down the food chain in terms of quality and reputation.
I also sat next to a guy on a plane once who owned a 40-ish ft. Irwin that he sailed on the Chesapeake. He told me the only place he knew of that Irwins have a good reputation is in Fla and if he ever planned to sell it, he would take it down there. (Yep, he said that.)
Having said all that, the 38 still could be the boat for you. If it''s the boat of your dreams, go for it. Just get a good survey and if this boat has a centerboard, make sure it''s there in good woking order and not on the bottom somewhere. But have you checked out a Pearson 424 or 422? (Yes, I''m a Pearson man.)