RE: IRWIN 43CC Mark III
Here are a few thoughts that prospective Irwin 43 buyers might want to consider. They illustrate the lessons I've learned the hard way, over a lot of sailing years, with seven (7) previous large cruising sailboats, and have survived to apply them to my present Irwin 43CC MKIII "CABARET (which may or may not be on the market this year- depends on health
issues for both of us.)
Ive owned her for 1.5 years - she'd just returned from her 6th Bahamas
season, in very good order, sold due to the owner's health
. Since then I've spent a lot of $$ on"infrastructure" improvements: the things that don't show or add glitz or "curb appeal", but the things the really knowledgeable buyer or Surveyor
will look at first.
For Example: a 6" diameter diesel
tank cleanout access hatch
, plus a System Boss fuel
polishing and filtration system with alarms at the helm- to address the typical island issues with contaminated fuel. All new standing rigging
, turnbuckles,and lifelines
. A total professional review of all mechanical systems, replacement of nearly every hose below the waterline "just because" (ie because any one of these can sink you). Disassembly and servicing of the MaxProp (now!- before it runs out of grease and locks up), a new internal roller furling mainsail
system (Facnor) with new sail, new Kato davits
, new RIB
, solar panels
, etc.( She already had 2 air conditioning
units, heavy duty AC and DC electrics, wind
chargers, inverters etc.) All new hoses, valves and level gauges for the holding tanks
, a new LectraScan....things like that. I think the US Navy
calls this "Preventive Maintainance". Seldom applied to sailboats.
I think the US Navy
calls this "Preventive Maintainance". Seldom applied to sailboats. Think on all this. AND REMEMBER: the natural condition of every boat is SUNK. It's only by our continuous attention and relentless diligence that they can be persuaded to FLOAT.
With all that behind me I am now doing the cure stuff: interior
& exterior detailing and re-varnishing, Next will be updated nav electronics
for this season. Maybe even a flat screen
TV and DVD
(for hopelessly addicted landside guests with an eight minute attention span).