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'38 Irwin in Waukegan

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If I'm reading Sailnet right, you have an Irwin '38, sitting on the hard, in Waukegan Harbor. We have a 1988 Irwin '38 Citation in the water, in Waukegan. Would love to take a look, and swap stories!

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I have sailed my 1984 Mark I (38') to/from St. Pete/Isla Mujeres, Mexico three times without issue. We encountered wind up to 45 kts and seas up to 20' and never felt out of control. In the breeze, we use a 100sf gale sail and double reefed main and we were pointing at about 40 degrees even in those conditions. Did pretty well in the race too ... Regata del Sol al Sol
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

Now that I own an Irwin 38 MkII Center cockpit I figure I'll re-post to this thread

I figure my Irwin will take me wherever I want to go. If I wind up in the Med some day I'll just laugh at the guys that say they aren't blue water, same as I laugh at all the guys here that say the Gemini isn't blue water.
Since quite a few of those have circumnavigated, and many are in Europe and the south pacific I'll just say actions speak louder than opinions.

We no longer live in the days when weather prediction was a factor of what color the sky is in the morning/night.
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

chucklesR welcome to the great old Irwin boat side. You'll find some annoyances which are immediately nullified by all the great things in and about these Irwin vessels.
After you know her inside out you can go anywhere in comfort and at a reasonable speed. Okay it isn't a cat but you must have seen something in her to give up a cat and you get a lot of boat for the dollar.
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Cool Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

Ok guys, I sanded my hull down to bare fiberglass and found chop over, heavy fiberglass mess. The mesh looked like you're typical place mat, and I think the chop was then blown over for extra thickness and maybe to make the cosmetics easy to arrive at.

I drilled out a thru-hull about 1.5' down from the deck for an extra bilge pump and at that location, the hull was 3/8" thick.

Mine was built in Fort Lauderdale in 1970 and 1st titled in '71.
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

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I drilled out a thru-hull about 1.5' down from the deck for an extra bilge pump and at that location, the hull was 3/8" thick.
Sorry to hear that I know from drilling thru-hulls mine is(was) thicker.
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

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Sorry to hear that I know from drilling thru-hulls mine is(was) thicker.
On the freeboard? I'm talking about 2' above the waterline and 4 feet from the transom. That's pretty thick.
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

Sorry I misunderstood I thought 2' below waterline. Yes I still think they have good thickness hulls, hey my cabin sole is about 3/8" where I cut a hole for my table post receiver.
Are you still OB motoring? Just sold mine but still am in touch with the NO
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

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Looking to pick up a boat for upcoming "retirement" (term used loosely). Would like to get a boat in the 32'-37' range, capable of being handled by crew of 2 and one in a pinch. Looking at coastal shake-out cruises over the new few years with some multiple week trips south. Ultimately, will be taking on more offshore sails. Many boat manufacturers "claim" offshore capability. Have looked at Alberg 37, Allied Princess 36, and S2 11. Each has nice open layout but obviously there is a difference in bluewater capability.

Question - are Irwin's built to handle these goals? If so, what models within the length constraints would you recommend?

Thanx in advance for any advice you can provide - directed at Irwins or others.

Keith
Almost any boat can be "offshore" capable. It is more often the sailors who are not..

Heck my buddy Bruce sailed around the world twice, solo, on an ultralight race boat. He sailed through the roaring 40's on an ultralight boat with a 10+ foot fin keel with bulb, spade rudder and technically sailed for 109 days straight of "blue water sailing". How many cruisers do 109 day "blue water" passages or intentionally sail trough the roaring 40's carrying as much sail is as humanly possible.

Many "salty" types will tell you it can't be done, but has been, even on an Irwin. Bruce also kept way more sail up than most would consider prudent for the conditions yet he and the boat survived just fine, twice...





Blue water? This boat has more blue water miles than most "blue water" built boats" do....




Watch at 1:43 + seconds. Again this is why I say the sailor is often more important than the boat...
http://www.oceanplanet.org/vendee-gl...2005-video.asp
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