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post #11 of 22 Old 08-24-2008
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NO ruffled feathers here my friend..and you know I value your opinions...just thought Id joust with you a bit on this one.

Nope the 52 isn't my dream boat or like to buy list however the 54 is on my would like to own someday list... as far as dreams here is a picture of one of them..yep it's an Irwin all 65' of her...and as stated elsewhere before, your brand in the 58 is another..

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I like the Irwin with the hot tub on deck myself!

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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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Irwin54...no arguments here at all. You quite well understand the limitations and advantages of your boat and are using it to its' intended purpose.

Still...did you ever hear back from Gene G. about the history?

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Camaraderie, that was stillraining that had a request into Gene. I suspect he has gotten his answers. Gene has always been very helpful. As a matter of fact, Ted Irwin is still active and a good source for replacement parts, rudders, etc.
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I know this thread is old, but I feel compelled to respond... There are larger Irwins all over the world, they didn't ride there on the back of container ships. Irwin built thousands of yachts, over 300 where built over 50' and fifty 65's were built. With some reinforcement and upgrading the 65 makes an awesome globe trotter, I can't speak to the 54, but there are similar pointing issues. Cutter rigged Ketches don't generally sail well to windward anyway. I read somewhere on here where some one said they didn't sail well- they have obviously never sailed a 65, because they are remarkably fast boats, off the wind they are exceptional. Thinking about it I have 620 gallons of fuel so I can point as high as I want with the Iron sail and cross great distances under power. Water tank is 920 gallons. Our boat has seen some significant modification to be fair, but has circled the globe twice and I would feel well cared for on any ocean in the world.

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I know this thread is old, but I feel compelled to respond... There are larger Irwins all over the world, they didn't ride there on the back of container ships. Irwin built thousands of yachts, over 300 where built over 50' and fifty 65's were built. With some reinforcement and upgrading the 65 makes an awesome globe trotter, I can't speak to the 54, but there are similar pointing issues. Cutter rigged Ketches don't generally sail well to windward anyway. I read somewhere on here where some one said they didn't sail well- they have obviously never sailed a 65, because they are remarkably fast boats, off the wind they are exceptional. Thinking about it I have 620 gallons of fuel so I can point as high as I want with the Iron sail and cross great distances under power. Water tank is 920 gallons. Our boat has seen some significant modification to be fair, but has circled the globe twice and I would feel well cared for on any ocean in the world.
Hey I am seriously considering the 54 or the 65 Irwin. I would love any assistance you can give in making the decision. I am attracted to the bigger Irwin BUT one issue is that the draw is shallow and the displacement high. so i fear the bigger boat will roll and heel and not track well. All the 65s and 68s Im looking at don't have the center board anymore.. in fact most IRwins I look at don't have the centerboard option. SO if I take on the big boy, what do I need to do to make her blue water friendly? what did you do to yours?
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with the wind on the beam, I haven't met a boat I don't just love
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I love my irwin its half the size fo your guys at a 28 but mine isnt bad only 2 soft spots that i know of and they wont be hard to fix
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