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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???
Originally Posted by SailingWY
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.
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...
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 10-10-2012 at 10:27 AM.