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Irwin Citation 31

Hi all,

I am looking at an Irwin Citation 31, 1983. but do not know much about their reputation any thoughts?

We would be cruising it on the Chesapeake for overniters and week long cruises.

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Hello,

I'm sure that Irwin owners love the boats, but I don't believe they have a reputation for good quality. A few years ago I was looking for a 33-38' boat and I looked at a few Irwin 34 Citation models. They all had bad leaks around chainplates and ports. Between that and some reviews I read that stated how thin the hulls were, I decided to look at other boats instead.

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Re: Irwin Citation 31

I have a Citation 31. It sails pretty well, but that will be contingent on whether you have a shoal keel or a deeper draft keel.

Like every comment in here, the portholes leak. My boat is an '84, and I'm replacing them this winter (The season may say it's spring, but in Massachusetts, it's still winter in a big way). The boat is 30+ years old, so the fact they leak shouldn't be a surprise.

In terms of sailing, the boat does get moving. If you are doing PHRF racing, you'll get a fair rating, and can do well in the races.

In the end, I like my boat, and will continue to sail it.

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Re: Irwin Citation 31

Irwins were economy boats, with all that implies. People trash talk them but the fact that most of them are still afloat decades later speaks for itself.

Any boat that age is going to need wiring, rebedding, new upholstery etc. As long as you get it for an appropriate price and are aware of its needs or what has already been done it should be O/K.
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Re: Irwin Citation 31

You can find a good Irwin group on Facebook and ask for opinions from owners
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Re: Irwin Citation 31

I had a 1983 Citation 31 and yes, it's a budget boat, but the only issue I had that I wouldn't say is common to any 30ish year old boat was some water penetration in the encapsulated iron keel. This took about $2K in yard work to fix. It served us well and I sold it to a friend about 8 years ago. She still owns it today and is happy with it.
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