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Thanks for the backup EJO. I think that when you have never been on one or owned one you can never appreciate the strength of my 1980 Irwin. I'll put it up against ANY boat made today, including LRC, Passports, and the lot. And I can guarantee that after 32 years, most of these new boats could only hope to be so strong. I know the issues about Irwins, but that was the mid to late 80's boats. The first years are solid glass, and it shows. Try smacking a dock with a new production boat and you'll find yourself in the yard on the hard for repairs. If we ever smack a dock, the dock will be gone.
One of the reasons this particular boat was singled out for the frame up redo was the excellent bones and superior layout. We could have picked any to redo, and we decided to redo after seeing that new boats just didn't have the layout or strenght that we saw in this boat. We did not do this with an eye to resale value vs redo cost, as we feel this is the path to a half ass job. BUT, we have built a boat that will literally last us a lifetime of real use, not dock decoration.
If you notice from the vid, you have full visibility all the way around from down below. This design was totally trashed by the "boating elite" when it was introduced, only to be copied by the biggest and the most expensive (Hylas, Passport, Oyster etc) 25 years later. AND, unlike the production condo boats of today (Hunter and the lot), it really SAILS. Ted Irwin was a visionary. Friends of ours spent $900,000 on a Caliber LRC and have had nothing but problems, along with impossibley small tankage and propane storage, and a very tight quarters even though its only 3 foot smaller. LRC? I think not! Another thing we notice is that we decided to redo a Perkins instead of getting a new Yanmar and it just runs and runs. We have seen many Yanmars with issues, including an unnatural thrist for oil when running (say from the northeast to Florida). We burn next to nothing on that trip, it just purrs along.
Last edited by theoceanaire; 03-20-2011 at 09:13 AM.