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if it is the boat i wanti can go anywhere in the continental U.S. . i am in oregon.. i saw a message from Hal Petersen .he said he recently purchased an irwin 32.5 c.c. and had it trucked to san francisco .. if any of you know hal would you have him send me a message so we can talk ? thanks for your help .. jim donavan
 

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Hello Jim,

I can answer your questions about the Irwin 32.5. I've been satisfied with mine and am constantly using / upgrading it. Not a great boat, but has some big boat features in a small boat and meets my needs very well.

Let me know.

Hal
 

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Seems like a strange boat to limit yourself to. Any reason you are focusing on that particular boat? I have seen some 37's that were going for around what the one posted is asking. It is certainly a unique looking boat.
 

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it has the big boat feel and seperate cabins .older, heavy duty boat ,skeg rudder ,10 foot beam makes it narrow enough to trailer like david braun does with his Rafiki 35 . :)
I have never been on one(Irwin 32.5), but to me 37 is the smallest I could see going in a center cockpit. You wind up with 2 claustrophobic cabins. Of course if trailering is a requirement, then it does limit the choices. 10 foot will require permits though so there are lots of boats that are "trailer-able" if you are only concerned about width.

You might want to read some of Jeff H's posts about fiberglass construction, as thick heavy construction is not necessarily stronger. I guess it depends on if your priority is being able to trailer it and not performance. You might want to look at a C&C Mega, they are designed to be one of the largest trailer-able boats, and still have decent performance. Can be pulled by a standard pickup truck. Not a great looking boat, but will be one of the biggest trailer-able boats.
 

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Hi Jim,

Sorry for missing the call. I had some unexpected events that required all my attention.

Please let me know what questions you have and I can answer them for you. As far as the boat being trailerable... not by a normal pickup unless it can pull 7 tons and you have the facilities to step the mast (crane or other means). I also believe the 10' beam requires special permits depending on the state.

Thanks,

Hal
 

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thanks for all the input ... i checked on the c&c mega .it looks like it would be a fast boat. i am more interested in cruising for 2-6 weeks at a time so i want a larger boat ...the irwin 32.5 would seem crampt untill you spent a few nights on my cheoy 27 ... i am fairly used to trailering so i don't see the irwin 32.5 as a huge problem ... i currently own 4 sailboats all on trailers in my back 40 ... A cheoy lee offshore 27 -a balboa 27 -a watkins 27 (10 ft. beam by the way ) and a 18 foot pacific cat . all 3 monohulls have diesel inboard engines . i have trailered the watkins over 3,600 miles so far ... i plan on selling all 3 of them in the near future and buying the irwin 32.5 ... the balboa 27 was advertised as the cadillac of trailer sailors in its day .it has been to alaska twice by water not the road . ;-) .. jim
 

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Hal has been sending me photos and info on his irwin 32.5 and i am convinced more than ever that the irwin 32.5 is the best all around choice for my next boat .. thanks Hal for your patience and extra input .. :) Fair winds , jim
 

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hi Jeffery ,thanks for responding to my request for someone selling their Irwin 32.5 .. I am specifically looking for the 32.5 center cockpit ... advertise your boat in as many places as you can think of and you will get a buyer .. spring is in the air . fair winds, jim
 
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