I am presently on the "5 year plan" with an O'Day Mariner cutting my teeth sailing a sloop
and gaining experience. I found a 1985 Irwin
34 locally which has a beautifully seductive salon
and an equally seductive price
tag of 8000. I'm not seriously in the market for a cruiser yet but this seems to be one to add to my look at when I'm ready list which now is limited to Hinkleys and Piersons.
My question is this: does anyone have any experience with Irwins as a coastal cruiser? I would be looking at cruising Downeast Maine
, the ICW
, and the Carribean. These boats seems to give you a lot of bang for the buck but I read one review from a guy about the deck
separating from the hull
in heavy weather
which caused me serious reservations. I want to avoid buying
a "Bayliner" of sailboats.
Thoughts? Other suggestions for nice aft cockpit
cruisers with helm steering
that suit the cruising life that price
out nicely for early/mid 80's models?
thank you in advance.