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irwin citation 31--islander 30

Islander 30, 1984, Canyon Lake, Texas sailboat for sale

Irwin Citation 31 sailboat for sale

while i understand that individual needs/uses dictate functionality just fishing for general thoughts/experiences with these boats.

comfy liveaboard (depends what you call comfy--i get it, but im comfy on my current 30 thats about as beamy)? good in the gulf of mexico and possible bluewater? any known historical issues?


thanks all--just may be in the market and am appealing to those who have been on these so i dont have to rely on someone who has a vested interest in making a sale....

the running on the irwin looks a little dodgy
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Why are you looking at another boat the same size as your Grampian?
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The Islander 30 is a great sailing boat,
and that example looks to be in great shape.
The Irwin is actually quite a bit bigger boat,
with 1' more beam. So it would feel much
more spacious as a live aboard.
The Islander 30 hull design actually
dates to 1970, so the Irwin is a bit
more modern with a much longer
waterline. Either boat would be
roomier, and sail faster than the Grampian,
with the Irwin probably coming out ahead
on both counts.
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I've never sailed on the Irwin, but I own a 83' Islander Bahama 30 (same hull as the I30) and it sails great and is very comfortable. The one you are looking at appears to be in nice shape and the price is about right. It's good that it has the Yanmar as many of these came with the Volvo MD-7A (raw-water cooled) that suffer from internal corrosion and are getting difficult to find parts for. I had to repower mine this year.

A very reputable surveyor I know, from Corpus, once told me that boats from that area tend not to do so good in surveys primarily due to the harsher conditions found there (compared to boats surveyed in Upper Galveston Bay). I imagine Canyon Lake would be even better. I realize there are exceptions...Just some food for thought.

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My first keel boat was a Perry designed Islander 28. Still has a fond place in my heart. Exquiste wood interiors with attention to detail. Not a slow boat, and not tender...was a good sailing vessel in almost all conditions. She had a 30 hp Atomic 4. Not sure a 13 hp Yanmar is enough HP. Your example looks in pristine condition. Look in West Coast forums as the boat was california built and there are racing clubs an associations on the west coast still. I have seen a few 36 on the Chesapeake. NOt sure she is a b lue water sailor though as the tankage tends to be small.

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You can always add to the tankage. There has to be room for a flexible tank or 2 somewhere for water.
As to fuel, it is a sailboat.
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