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At various times I have literally looked at same year and size used Hunter, Catalina's and Beneteaus one right after the other. Although there were odd things about each of them, in a general sense, the Beneteaus held up best, then Hunter, then Catalinas, which looked the most beat to death of the three. In talking to surveyors over the years, most seemed to agree that Hunter did the best job of the three in terms of meeting ABYC and ABS building standards of the three.
In terms of Irwin, they were pretty much the Hunters of their day. The ketches were cheaply built for a value oriented market. Sailing ability was nothing to write home about. When compared to the ketch version of the Pearson 365 I would think that the sailing ability was not better or worse, but the build quality on the Irwin would be a big step down.
Hunters of the 1980's were actually pretty well constructed and might actually be a step up from the Irwin of that period.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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