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Old 11-10-2010, 11:26   #1
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Know of Any 30'-31'-32' Irwins Going (or Gone) Around the World ?

Found what's looks like a great deal on an almost fully loaded '82 Irwin 31 online, but it is on the far end of the state from me.

I know many of you will call me crazy for wanting to take a 31' boat RTW, but if this particular boat is good, it will work fine for my needs.

Any good or bad opinions on the boat?
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:51   #2
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Not a good boat for ocean crossing.

Irwins are OK for coastal cruising, if you're handy enough to keep up with the required maintenance. One maniac sailed his Irwin 39 from Connecticut to Australia, but he was really pushing his luck.

Info at Irwin Yachts, you can down load the brochure for the Irwin Citation 31 and view listings for others that are on the market.

My plans for my Irwin, after I retire, are for US east coast, Bahama, and maybe into the Caribbean; my boat's already been there with the first owner.
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i met a fellow who had sailed his irwin 31 around the world from florida across the atlantic and around that way. the boat is still in british columbia and going strong.

i have an irwin 30 1978 citation model that i bought new in florida and sailed back to british columbia by way of the bahamas, caribbean islands, panama, central america to mexico, hawaii, and then back to british columbia. i still own the boat. and it is a good seaworthy boat. relatively fast. easy to sail and single hand. goes good in an ocean . averaged about 120 miles a day in an ocean crossing. its one of the better 30 ft designs. but the build quality varied from boat to boat. make sure the deck is solid.

the boat steers well with a good wind vane. and goes well and balances easily up wind with just a jib. i had a 120 genoa that was my workhorse sail and the biggest you need for offshore work. a good working jib and a storm jib as well. it sails easy down wind with a double headsail rig with the small sail poled out.
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Old 11-10-2010, 19:44   #4
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May go take a look in two weeks.
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Talking Irwin 31

[QUOTE=steve_hendry;538232]Not a good boat for ocean crossing.

Maybe so, but it may be a good boat to go to the bottom of the ocean with! Just kidding, is it up near me?
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No, in Panama City.
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I have seen a 31 (methinks) but it was not the Citation.

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Not sure what makes one a CITATION vs a normal 31?
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There was an Irwin 31 produced in the 1960s, and a different, part of the Citation series, produced later. Brochures for almost all of them are at irwinyachts.com.
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