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scurvy 10-10-2012 09:59 AM

1969 Irwin 27'
Hi everyone.

I have been sailing off and on now for roughly 20 years. I started with a Catalina 34' then a Sabre 28 mk1 and then an Albin Vega 27'. I sold my last boat about 4 years ago and swore I would never own another until it was time to retire...(ever hear that one before?).

Recently, I came upon a situation where a friend of mine would like to give me his 1969 Irwin 27. I know little about them, she is bare bones but seems built like a tank. High cabin top with almost an Alberg look to her minus the sweeping stern.

Her sails are real appointments electronics, stove...very minimalist and stoic. She is powered by a 9.9 outboard ( not aware of any inboard). Porta potty, and ground tackle. Her rigging and lines are a year old.

One issue he has with her right now is the replacement centerboard. He had one designed by a local woodworker to specs but once in place discovered that the wood they used did not provide enough ballast and is too buoyant and will not drop down.

Should I move forward with this old girl, might any of you have any suggestions on how to cure this centerboard issue? Just bolting steel plates to her is not an option (as was already suggested in another forum). The cb still has to fit back up into the trunk.

As always...thank you in advance for your help and suggestions.


scurvy 10-10-2012 09:21 PM

Re: 1969 Irwin 27'
Anyone? :/

Lake Superior Sailor 10-10-2012 10:00 PM

Re: 1969 Irwin 27'
Now you got the pattern take it to a metal shop and have one built...Dale

scurvy 10-10-2012 10:19 PM

Re: 1969 Irwin 27'

Originally Posted by Lake Superior Sailor (Post 931934)
Now you got the pattern take it to a metal shop and have one built...Dale

Hi Dale!~

I am not sure how heavy it needs to be. Can't seem to find any information on that yet. Any idea where I might be able to find that?


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