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Old 19-09-2009, 12:47   #1
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Are Irwins (38ft) Blue Water Capable?

We are looking at center cockpits and have come across the irwins and like them but are not sure about their capability in strong seas. Any comments?
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Old 19-09-2009, 14:33   #2
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Irwins are still around sailing in a lot of places. They were built as a lower cost boat designed for what most people did at the time. Many are now 30 years old. A 30 year old boat is not at face value blue water capable based on on the brand name. Newer ones from the late 80's might be a nice boat to sail, but refitting may be required once you go beyond the cosmetics. Equipping the boat might run $20 - $30K assuming a good survey.
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Among most cruisers in the Caribbean, the Irwins are considered very nice to live on but not so capable for offshore work. For cruising the Caribbean etc. I wouldn't rule them out but if you plan to cross oceans I would look further.

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Check out how the bulkheads are tabbed to the hull.
We looked at a couple of 37s and that was a big knock against them for us.
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Old 19-09-2009, 19:03   #5
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Thanks so much for your input
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