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Sorry as pointed out that i have been remiss in "checking in".
Have owned many boats and sailed many miles, transatlantic, Panama Canal, Med, North Sea, Baltic but none of those on our Irwin 54. I am also a Maritime graduate and 10 year live aboard. Enough of the resume, back to opinions.
We are very happy with the Irwin 54. While fit and finish may not be perfect, she is relatively well laid up(yards often comment on robust lay up, she weighs in at 58K). Her design is what she is, weight low, ample tankage low but the big belly gives you little foil for upwind lift.
She feels great and is very comfortable. Has handled nasty conditions very well. If you need a vessel that must be able to claw off shore, she is not for you. Outside of that, a great fit. My 88 54 has logged a ton of successful miles throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean and South America.
FWIW, we have lived aboard (not cruising) for ten years but chose to come ashore as our 3 children entered school. At this point we have a 51 Shannon (great sailer, beautifully built but just smaller) and 54 Irwin in our posession. The Shannon is for sale.
If we were planning a world cruise, we would keep the Shannon. Coastal cruising, Caribbean, etc the Irwin gives you so much more.
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