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Is Irwin 10/4 (modified) right for me?…
Our condominium association is planning on building a new dock beginning March 1. I need some planning help here. First off…
The boat itself is titled at 25'4", my association requires the boat be no more than 25' long as noted on the registration. Snipping 4" off the bow would be required upfront. I'm told this is possible physically and have a bid to do this and remount the bowsprit for $1,000. Florida registration folks tell me the boat could then be inspected and the title/registration corrected to reflect this. Anyone ever had experience with this sort of thing? Fish and Wildlife is the agency that does the inspection. Good idea? Bad idea?
If feasible, I need to move on to dock needs. My dock/piling needs need to be set by this coming Friday.
#1 Would you install a boat lift for this vessel? $4,800 buys me a 10,000# lift. 4 new pilings cost $1,630. Anyone know the dry weight for the Irwin?
#2 The beam of the Irwin is 10' 4". What would you consider to be the optimum piling spacing lift or no lift? I have 13 feet total to work with. New pilings consuming 16 to 20 inches of that space. The dock is being raised 12" and if I were to opt to leave the boat in the water would the two current dockside pilings suffice? The four current pilings are 10' apart. Two would need to be removed to accommodate the Irwin's beam.
#3 Should I opt for the lift I need to find drawings for lift design purposes. Are these available anywhere? The slip is located in tidal waters with boat wakes present.What would you do? I am new to boating and sailing from the captain's perspective. Hitherto I've enjoyed boating merely as a passenger. I have much to learn, obviously.
I will be cruising the coastal areas of SW Florida. Should I find cruising to be my cup of tea, is this boat capable of taking me past Key West?
P.S. My slip is at the dock's end and I presumably won't have other boats to contend with other than mooring alongside my immediate neighbor.
Last edited by michael.anda; 02-29-2016 at 10:34 PM.