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Irwin 30 vs Islander 30 vs C&C 30

I posted this thread yesterday but in the wrong area. So once again I am going to ask owners and sailors alike to add there opinion and go from there.

I am looking at buying a bigger boat. Looking for a great coastal cruiser but of course on a strick budget. The three boats I have come down to are listed above and I would like your feedback as to which would make the best coastal cruiser.

Now this being said the boat will be used for offshore sailing as well. From Nova Scotia to New England and perhaps as far as the Bahama's. To be honest my budget is under $ 15 000.00 so please keep this in mind when recommending a boat and if you have any leads on a good boat that would be greatly appreciated.

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To be honest i am not seeing that in the 15000 range as most every boat i have looked at in that size and price is rough to say the least

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Thanks Tommays for your input. I realize at this budget I will be going to have some TLC issue's. Thats not a problem as long as there are no blusters or major soft spots in the future boat.
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Waverider - All things being equal (condition, gear), I prefer the Islander 30 out of the 3 you propose. I think the Islander is finished to a slightly higher standard. I also prefer it aesthetically over the others because of the nice teak interior. I've personally looked at several Irwin 30's and Islander 30's, but am less familiar with the C&C 30.

All three manufacturers also made slightly smaller versions in the 27/28 foot range that might more easily fit within your budget. Again, of the three I prefer the Islander 28, a Bob Perry design.

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Kwaltersmi- thanks for you input. I hear what you are saying about the finish and higher standard. I will search out a couple of 28's as well.
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At $15K you're looking at some fixer uppers for sure.. and probably a gas engine too. The Islander and the Irwin probably are roomier than the C&C, but of the three I think the C&C may be the most robust and quite likely the sea-kindliest design. This may play into your "offshore" plans.

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Hello,

For 15K you can buy a nice Newport 28. It should be mid 80's, come with diesel inboard, self tailing winches, good traveler / main sheet, nice interior with pressure hot and cold water, AC and DC electrical systems, etc.

Note that the Newport 28 is a C&C design.

My second boat was a Newport 28. I bought in 2004 for$15K and sold it in 2007 for $14K with new main and 140 genoa.

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Also consider..

Also consider a Sabre 28 or 30, Tartan 27 or 30 or a Pearson 28 or 30. All of these boats can be had in the mid teens to low 20's if you shop long enough.

There is currently a newer Pearson 28 in Falmouth, ME that is very clean and priced above your budget but she's ready to go.

Any boat in the 28-30 foot range and in the 15k budget category will require more than just a 15k investment. Most of these boats are tired and in need of many upgrades to be safe for any sort of offshore work...

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Thanks everyone for your replies, my search goes on!! I am sure that with a little elbow greese and some smart buying I can get a nice vessel for my price range. I am off now to search out Newport 28's and Pearson 28's. I do have a great boat now ( Mirage 275 ) so I will not just settle for an ok boat. As my Mirage is a great cruiser, but would like 3 feet more.....lol.
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Tood: I use to be in the camp as "You cant get there from here" mentality asking what your aking ..but a month a ago a couple got a really mice Morgan out Island 40 ( I think ) the really good origional ones for 10K down in Mexico.. So I was wrong

So if your willing to turn over rocks you will find your boat...Just better have the cash in your back pocket ready to go and dont hesitate.
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