Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-03-2015, 09:51   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Lake Arrowhead
Posts: 8
Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

In our quest, to find the perfect boat, both live aboard and sailing ability, I have stumbled across an IRWIN Ketch.

I though to pose this question to those here on the forum, who have the experience, your opinion.

The boat I am referring to is the IRWIN 46.

Is this boat suitable for longer passages?
Will the interior lay out be comfortable in a live aboard situation?

In advance, I thank you all for your input...

whprsnpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-03-2015, 14:12   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: rhode island
Boat: irwin 37 center cockpit
Posts: 68
Re: Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

I have a 31ft Irwin and am looking at a 37ft Irwin center cockpit ketch in a few months. took the 31 south solo this winter, only problem I had was when a hose broke on the yanmar outside of ocean city md. the build quality is great, they're good in weather, and for their size, very roomy. (I looked at a few other 30-35ft boats, and was not that impressed.) now I plan to buy a 37ft cc in mid may (as long as it doesn't go before I can get another 15 grand behind me).

fisherman.ben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 02:43   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Earth
Boat: Amel Super Maramu 53 ft
Posts: 405
Re: Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

Is it English Rose per chance?

Needs a hull repaint and although looks ok, many details are not to MY standards.

Some expensive items will need review. GET A GOOD SURVEY.

Like all Irwins, it is doubtful they will sail anywhere quickly. GL and fair winds.
Eleuthera 2014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-03-2015, 13:28   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Saint Lucie county FLa
Boat: 35' Pearson sloop
Posts: 307
Re: Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

My wife and I sailed a 37' 1972 Irwin ketch for twenty years, coastal and blue water. While I don't feel that the build is as robust as some other makers in the class, for the money I think they are very good boats. The downside is of course they are out of business and unfortunately Ted passed away. When he was alive if you needed something you could call him and within a few days get a replacement part. He was a nice guy and treated his customers well. By all means if the price is right, grab it!
lesterbutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-03-2015, 09:19   #5
Registered User
dcstrng's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: B24
Posts: 537
Images: 43
Re: Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

Lived aboard an Irwin 42 ketch (the center-cockpit without the raised aft-deck) off and on for about eight years in the 1980s-90s. Hull was generally bullet-proof and seemingly unaffected by the blisters of the era… Too much “window” space (to my eye) for any high-latitude endeavors, but clearly many Irwin 42s sailed the same waters as the OI 41’s and did well for recreational sailing -- but no sea-berths… was a sweet-handling boat for nearly 15-tons… the major fly in the ointment was that most of the appliances and the electrical systems were essentially trailer-house quality and the way it was built, upgrades often required something beyond minor surgery. Did I like it, yep… nice boat if you liked to putter (not a huge issue for for under-45 live-aboards), and on a beam reach she’d hunker down and really move. Oh, handling under power was about the easiest of any single-screw boat I can recall… Irwin overall – three stars, long-range sailing quality – fours-stars, fiberglass – four stars, electrical/Galley – no stars, esthetics – I sure liked it at the time…

Worry: misuse of imagination…
dcstrng is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-03-2015, 13:57   #6
Registered User
cpa's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Florida
Boat: Compass 47
Posts: 589
Re: Community Opinion on IRWIN Ketch

I have been on a few Irwins and thought that the interior design and space maximization were way ahead of the times. I have done a few rerigs on Irwins but never really spent any time going through the boats intimately. I have seen a few smaller and newer model Irwins in boat yards with hulls pressed in by the stands. My experience with most of the owners is that they love their boats. I don't know if you have read any of the reviews online. These talk about the 34,37, and 52. But general construction is discussed.

BoatUS - Boat Reviews - Irwin 37

Irwin 52

cpa is offline   Reply With Quote

Irwin, ketch

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rudder Problem, Irwin 37 Ketch kthoennes Monohull Sailboats 9 10-02-2014 19:48
For Sale: Irwin 52 ketch WeBeGone Classifieds Archive 5 22-03-2013 10:24
Formosa ketch 68 or Irwin 68 ketch videorov Monohull Sailboats 1 21-05-2012 12:50
1981 Irwin Citation - First Time Sailboat Buyers Want Your Opinion Blueeyes_two Monohull Sailboats 15 03-05-2011 19:25
1981 65' Irwin CC Ketch DSDman Monohull Sailboats 13 28-03-2011 00:47

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:58.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.