There is not enough information on the Irwin
to make any kind of decision. The asking price makes me very very nervous. Indicates it's not in good enough condition to sail back to the States where it should have a greater value. It's got a front door refrigerator
under the galley
sink. That will be useless except in a marina unless you run the engine
most of the time.
As the size of the boat goes up, the cost of stuff and repairs
goes up at a greater rate. If you are on a serious budget
, stick to as small a boat as you can live with. You can keep the expenses under control where a bigger boat just seems to bleed money
To go cruising, all you need is a hand held gps
, sail boat and sails
. Everything else is nice to have. Personally, won't leave home without a self steering
vane. Driving gets real old, real real quick. Autopilots are a poor substitute for a wind vane
. They are electrickery so prone to failure and need lots of electrons to feed them. You have to budget
spares and charging
options into the cost of an autopilot
. A dinghy
is nice to have unless you don't mind swimming to shore everywhere you anchor
. An Avon
RedCrest would me minimum for me. I like to have a knotmeter/log for DR navigation
should the need arise and I just like knowing how fast I'm going. A depth sounder
would also be high on my wish list because it can used for navigation
as well as keeping you from running aground. Oh, forgot to add a personal Epirb
just in case I have to go swimming without the boat. An Epirb
for the boat isn't such a bad idea, either.
Things like a life raft, VHF radio
, HF radio
for motoring, light air sails, and a whole host of other things are on most peoples boats. They aren't absolutely necessary to get underway but make life at sea a bit more fun. I'd suggest you get a West Marine/Defender Marine/etc. catalogue and go through it looking for items that you'd like to have on your boat. Make a list and check it against the equipment list on any boat you consider buying
. Add up the cost of buying
these items and include it in the real purchase
cost of the boat.
FWIW it's, sailed my first boat, a Columbia
26 all over the Hawaiian Islands with three sails, a hand held compass
, a second hand Danforth Anchor
and an outboard
. It was all I needed to sail there or any area where I could DR to my next destination
. With the addition of a GPS, could have sailed that boat almost anywhere. Would have been stupid to do that 'cause the boat was really crappy but I could have bought a used boat
for about the same amount of money that would have been fine for crossing oceans.
Now I've got a 35' boat, have spent more than twice it's purchase
price getting it ready to cross oceans and I'm still not done. Have sailed it to Hawaii
but need to do a lot of work to get it ready for the next leg. I'll have way more in it than it's worth when I get done but it's been fun and the kids
don't get to blow the money as part of their inheritance. Got lot's of bells and whistles that make me feel good but, for the most part, don't really have a lot to do with actually crossing oceans.