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+1 Maine!

It's great to hear this from guys who know. The "salty type" arguments are seriously tired by now.


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Are you still OB motoring? Just sold mine but still am in touch with the NO
I fixed the A4 in March. Still have the OB, until I'm fully satisfied the A4 is fine. Going back to CC next week and taking it out in the Gulf. Everything should be fine, I just had to replace the fuel system (tank, fuel pumps, filter, etc), rebuild the carb...change the oil, 120 psi on all cylinders. Corpus marina is nearly 20 miles from the jetties.


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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, ....

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..

Look, I'm not a multi-millionair, or even close. I'll have about 40k into my boat (total) by the time I'm thru. I think that's not too bad, for going thru everything. I know every square inch of my boat because I did it myself...except for the shrouds, I'm not going up the mast....injuries from work make that too risky for me.

The good news is I spent over 2 years when I was younger, working on oil supply boats, so I've got good experience in 25' seas.....not that I'd want to see that in this boat.


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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

I see I got caught by a "dredge" post from 2007!! Guess the OP could care less now, huh......

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I see I got caught by a "dredge" post from 2007!! Guess the OP could care less now, huh......
Actually Chuckles started it!


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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

Hey Lake Michigan just had 22 to 25' waves within the last week and those aren't the rolling ones you have in the Gulf or Oceans. I don't go out in that as I can't handle it but the boat could.
Glad to hear your A-4 is up and running and the site shows you made her prettier again. Now only if she was blue (lol)

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Yep, all my fault

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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

Sorry I had to out you dude. I didn't want Maine feeling like a chump.


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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

EJO I have to agree with you about LM. I spent a night having my hull slamming in a 40' sailboat after leaving Wisconsin while LM was catching the remenants of a hurricane. Big waves and high winds but the worst of it by far was the lifting and slamming of the hull the whole evening.
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Re: Irwin - Bluewater Capable???

sailorme welcome to LM that lake and any other one of the Great Lakes are not to be messed with due to their short interval of wave length always less than your boat-length hence the slamming. Most boats can handle it but the owners can't.
Although the Edmund Fitzgerald couldn't handle it.
Again it comes down to the original question and statements is an Irwin Blue Water capable, if she is capable to handle the Great Lakes she's capable to handle the Oceans or the Gulfs as long as she is equipped right and has a good experienced skipper.

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