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Re: Islander 28 vs Islander Bahama 30 vs Irwin Cititation 34

I owned an Islander 28 for 10 years before purchasing Haleakula a C&C 35 MKIII. I like performance cruising boats. The build quality of the Islander is superior to Irwin 34 IMHO. I had to look long and had to find a boat as rersponsive that sailed as well as the I 28 whenh I moved up into a larger boat. The track well and are very balanced and sail close to the wind well. It is apparent in looking at the two hukk designs. They are comfortable sailing boats as well. If you go to California where they were built there are a lot of them still in service. That goes to the build quality and design also. Bob Perry designed excellent boats.

Your intended use is cruising and its hard to compare a cruising 34 ft boat with its superior tankage and room to a pocket cruiser. Long extended stays would favor the roomier boat. Fast passages would favor the Islander. If You were comparing an Islander 36 to the Irwin there would be no comparison IMHO.

I wouldnt compare the accessories as they can be added on. I would however compare the engines. The I28 is a gas atomic 4 how about the Irwin 34? Is it a 2GNF Yanmar?

What is your price point also?


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Re: Islander 28 vs Islander Bahama 30 vs Irwin Cititation 34

Just a thought. If this is the one you looked at and like it expand you horizons and search. Most are in Florida. The Endevor and Tartan look really clean


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Re: Islander 28 vs Islander Bahama 30 vs Irwin Cititation 34

Nice selection of options, Dave....

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The ones I am looking at are down in Corpus Christi/Port Aransas, Tx and around Kemah area.
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I owned an Islander 28 for 10 years before purchasing Haleakula a C&C 35 MKIII. I like performance cruising boats. The build quality of the Islander is superior to Irwin 34 IMHO. I had to look long and had to find a boat as rersponsive that sailed as well as the I 28 whenh I moved up into a larger boat. The track well and are very balanced and sail close to the wind well. It is apparent in looking at the two hukk designs. They are comfortable sailing boats as well. If you go to California where they were built there are a lot of them still in service. That goes to the build quality and design also. Bob Perry designed excellent boats.

Your intended use is cruising and its hard to compare a cruising 34 ft boat with its superior tankage and room to a pocket cruiser. Long extended stays would favor the roomier boat. Fast passages would favor the Islander. If You were comparing an Islander 36 to the Irwin there would be no comparison IMHO.

I wouldnt compare the accessories as they can be added on. I would however compare the engines. The I28 is a gas atomic 4 how about the Irwin 34? Is it a 2GNF Yanmar?

What is your price point also?
The I28 is an atomic 4 and the Irwin is a lYanmar 3GMF.
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I really like that boat but the water tankage concerns me. I guess one could put in a water maker. What do people do besides line the deck with 5 gallon containers?

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In 1992 I met some Canadians who were liveaboards in the Bahamas. They collected water during rainstorms. On one night they filled all of their tanks in a downpour.

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Another thing about that I28 is it has marine air. Important in the southern waters this time of year.
In 92 I was in the Bahamas in July. I felt no need for AC. A chute scoop cooled the boat well.

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In 1992 I met some Canadians who were liveaboards in the Bahamas. They collected water during rainstorms. On one night they filled all of their tanks in a downpour.
Not real sure how often it rains in the Bahamas. I am a little leary of trusting to rain for my water needs. My luck I would miss the rain and my little 20 gal of water would have to last me. Not sure how that would work out.
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Not real sure how often it rains in the Bahamas. I am a little leary of trusting to rain for my water needs. My luck I would miss the rain and my little 20 gal of water would have to last me. Not sure how that would work out.
I agree. You asked what else people do. Water is expensive to buy.

A watermaker requires requires quite a bit of electrical power. You will need to add a higher output alternator and add extra batteries. Solar and wind power may useful as well. Fortunately the advances in watermaker efficiency have been quite good over the past decade. But they do break down. I had one fail in 2010, fortunately we were only 5 days from our destination, the tanks (80 gallons) were full and we had an emergency supply (5 gallons). We just gave up on the showers.

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Re: Islander 28 vs Islander Bahama 30 vs Irwin Cititation 34

Those Florida boats do get a lot of sun though. After a while the fiberglass gets "chalky". Not to say you shouldn't buy a Florida boat, just something to watch out for.
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