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Old 01-21-2012
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They should take their cue from the exterior shots - clean and uncluttered. If you can get past the gawdy decorating and excessive knick knacks this is a gorgeous boat. I love some of the other comments posted but I don't think gluing and screwing down all that crap is worth the risk of laceration and puncture damage when she is doing what she is intended to do - sail. Ok..I'm done now.
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Lots of jealousy and ugly here. Too bad, so sad. More should appreciate things for what they are and not insult others.
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My tone may have hurt feelings and for that I apologize. FTR, I do think the boat is GORGEOUS and the owners have done a splendid job upgrading her. It is because I appreciate the beautiful vessel that I feel the bling is distracting and excessive.
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Harbor Queen or not they are taking care of her. I see a lot in the harbor and out that need attention.
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I have to say, how many times do I have to tell you guys that we are not a harbor queen and have traveled further in the three + years we have known her then most that critisize her! We have been as far north as Maine and as far south as Turks and Caicos, several times now, and STILL, we hear the name "harbor queen". If you guys would read the thread before throwing the names, it would be refreshing, but it doesn't seem to be the trend here, to read that is. While I thank KoolOne for the kind words, I have to disagree. Anyone that maintains a boat like ours knows what does and doesn't need to be put away to sail, and sail we do. HOWEVER, I have been on many boats that have the decks cluttered with jerry jugs and lines and bikes and small boats etc, and below decks there were lots of square plastic baskets on every surface filled with screwdrivers and plyers and dental floss and pencils and old radios and batteries. My point is that we have all of that stuff properly stowed, the decks are just as clean and the below decks totally stowed when we travel. I would rather be in my boat then one of those "hoarding" type sailboats anytime in a real blow, and we've seen a few.
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I as the owners of this beautiful boat don't understand the bashing. But reading the posts again I'm starting to understand it. THEY ARE JEALOUS, that somebody has a fantastic boat that they SAIL from North to South and back on the East coast in tremendous comfort without having to worry to much about anything because they are in a great Irwin. designed by somebody that knew what sailing was all about and designed a boat to do it in comfort capable of withstanding what nature would throw at her. We all have personal decorating tastes, my pictures and nic-nacs or lack thereof, and color of cushions and ports treatment on my boat might not be liked by other sailors, but she's mine and sails a lot more than most of the "dock-o-miniums" out there.
Plus I don't need repairs now that she has been brought up to par as this 52' Irwin has/was.
theoceanaire keep enjoying the the long sailing trips and luxury you have in safety with this wonderful S/V.
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I have the only multihull designed by Irwin and she is a wonderful boat

How Irwin ended up designing the Corinthian 41 Trimaran, the first fiberglass production multihull designed and built by American's, 100%, pretty cool multi
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Good evening. Owners of the THEOCEANAIRE, I am curious, did you set you sights on the 52 Irwin or did you have an idea of what you were looking for and discovered that she fit the bill? Earlier in thread you shared that this is your first boat so I am wondering. Ska'ana is our first sailboat and we had a general idea of what we were looking for but when we saw her we fell in love. Like you, our boat had to be solidly built and with good bones. At the risk of offending someone else we shied away from Benehuntalinas. The other thing I'm curious about is what shape she was in when you acquired her, i.e. how much upgrade work did you sign up for?
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We started our education at boat shows (five years of them) and originally settled on an Amel. But, at the paper signing, we realize the total lack of visibiity down below. So the new search was on. About the choice, it was everything that we had wanted, strong bones, size, excellent live aboard layout, good handling, long keel with shallow draft (but centerboard if you wanted it), skegged rudder, big tankage, easy dependable engine, big generator, new wiring and plumbing. The prior owner had done a really cool thing, he had enlarged all of the ports to about 300% larger, it makes a really profound difference in the environment down below.
Now, what we did: serviced all systems including 40gph watermaker, so we knew how to work and work on all of the stuff. We also redid the decks, all of the wood, some upholstery and definately redecorated. We eliminated a 300pound stereo system, refit electronics, redid tv's and satilite system, redid sat phone, redid driveshaft, exhausts for engine and genset, eliminated older systems and replaced with updated and less space consuming systems. That's about it. We spent 4 months refitting in Miami and off we went. We've been traveling ever since. One thing we learned, spend the money the first time, or pay the price again and again. If you can't afford the better stuff, do without until you can, because failing systems will be your downfall.
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Ocean - I'll say one thing...looking at the video, your boat feels very spacious below. It's really pretty amazing. You guys have done a great job with the space planning and finishing.
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