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Re: Modern design + full keel?
Irwin's and IP's shared in that the IP designer (Bob Johnson) cut his teeth so to speak on Ted Irwin's floor building Irwin's.
I don't have extensive experience on my Irwin yet, but regularly sailed in company with a IP 34 of mid 80's vintage skippered by a very experienced owner when I had my Gemini.
She did well enough in the pointing to arrive at the designated anchor and looked a lot more comfortable for the crew than either me (on the Gemini) or CraigToo on his Sabre 34. I'll admit C2's Sabre got there well before the rest of us due to an extra 5 or more degrees of point (and less leeway than my Gem made). That just gave him time to put all the flying objects away below decks, something neither I or the IP had to do.
On the other hand when I sea trailed my Irwin she did a steady 5 knots in 7-10kts of wind at a estimated apparent 45 degrees. Nothing wrong with that in my cruisers opinion. Tacked right around too, no problem.
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