Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: SW Michigan
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Need Help In Deciding Irwin, Newport, Pearson
Dear fellow sailors I know I'm probably opening a can of worms, but I'm getting back into sailing (after a 15 year motor yacht hiatus) with a friend of mine. Lake Michigan sailing from nice weather to wild weather.
We narrowed it down to some early 1970's comfortable cruisers as follows; 1969 Irwin 31 (mint condition), 1973 and 1972 Irwin 32, 1970 Newport 30, and a 1970 Pearson 33 & 35 and a Morgan 30/2 & 323 all are in OK shape for their age and of course need some TLC. Prices from 10K to 15K.
The "sailcalculator" puts them all about even. I like a >7kn hull speed but my never having sailed partner and our wives like a stable easy sailor, hence the 6.5kn range.
Have seen the boats but no sea trials yet here in Michigan, SO WHICH ONE SHOULD WE PICK (with explanation of why)
If I'm missing a boat/brand 30' to 35' that we absolutely should look at let me know.
Last edited by EJO; 01-19-2010 at 01:18 PM.