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so I finally bought a boat.. after all these years

So I bought this boat, it was supposed to be a hunter the hin says its an 74 irwin.. I think a mark iii 28.5 from what I've read they aren't bad boats.. I liked it because it seems to be built like a tank.. I also like that its an inboard.. and the cabin room is great..

The engine is a big ugly green thing it looks ancient, atomic 4? I wish I could post a picture.. it has water in the oil at the very least.. so I'm thinking ill pull and rebuild it or replace it.. any suggestions? I was thinking maybe converting to electric drive and using solar to charge it.. but I want something rediculously dependable.

I plan on living aboard for months/ years while traveling around on it. I have 2 years to get her ready. So upfront cost isn't too much an issue. But I'd like to cut cruising costs to a minimum..
Are fridges practical? Ac? I wouldn't need a big one..though I plan in staying on the hook most days so if a reasonable number of solar panels can't power it.... yea I don't want it.

Also I'm not sure if this thing has a swing keel or a centerboard or what.. there is some kinda winch system in place.. does anyone know the draft of this thing? And can you beach it?

I'm super stoked.. very happy with the boat so far
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If the boat in your avatar is your new boat, then it is neither a Hunter or an Irwin, but a Thunderbird 26.

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Re: so I finally bought a boat.. after all these years

lol no that was a boat I looked at years ago.. it was a peice of junk waiting to sink
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I think your engine might be a Palmer P60.
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Its a 2 cylinder engine :/
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Its a 2 cylinder engine :/
If it is a two cylinder and green and a gas engine, it might be a Universal Blue Jacket, which was half of a Universal Ulitilty 4, a predecessor to the Atomic 4. I had one on a boat that I owned and it was green.

It could also be a Palmer but the small palmers were usually red. I doubt its a P60 since those were 4 cyl. Palmers were labeled in a range of ways. I think that the PW27 for example was 27 cu. inches but I can't recall what the Palmer called its twin.

It could also be a Gray Marine, who made a nice twin.

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Interesting boat. Where do you attach the sails?
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Interesting boat. Where do you attach the sails?
Exclusively kite-rigged.

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Re: so I finally bought a boat.. after all these years

Congratulations on your purchase! She looks like a really nice boat. I work with some electrical engineers and most of them have just the right amount of OCD to work through these sort of projects and turn out a good product. I'll be interested to see the progress.

I'm doing up an old boat too which was a bit more complete when I got it, but I can understand the excitement. Well done!!
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Re: so I finally bought a boat.. after all these years

Yea kite rigged! Lol
Na the guy is still bringing the mast.. the boom is inside.

i'll definately keep yall updated just getting it clean for now..
I'm really not looking foward to pulling the motor half of the bolts are rusted solid. :/
I'm looking at other irwins to see the interior n see how it looks.. I think I'm going to avoid putting some of the trim back up though, I like it basic.. makes things easier to work on especially around the hull deck joint which I'm told is notorious for leaking
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