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Re: Islander 28 vs Islander Bahama 30 vs Irwin Cititation 34
I've been aboard an Islander 28 and an Islander 30, but not the Irwin. I agree with you, the Islander 28's are BEAUTIFUL boats. And as Chef2Sail will tell you, they apparently sail like a dream. They are small, but great, comfortable boats. The I30's are nice too, though I'm not sure that I see a huge difference between the two from a storage/actual usage perspective. Yes, it's nice to have the extra 2 feet, but in some designs it really doesn't add that much, and I think that's the case here.
Can I ask your question from a different perspective? What do you think your primary use will be? Are you actually intending to take the boat out to the exotic places you're headed, or is this just something you'd "like to do"? If it's a "like to do", I'd be inclined to go with the 28. Lower cost of ownership (parts, slip rates, etc.), great, fun boat too. The few times you head out to these exotic locales, you can either stick with her (e.g., pack some extra water), or rent something else (using the money you saved by keeping the smaller boat).
Looking forward to pics and hearing your deliberations!
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