We purchased an 85 Irwin 43 about a year ago. We loved the look and feel of the Irwin CC boats. They have lots of deck
space above, and living space below. We are very happy with our Irwin and plan to go cruising for a few years.
After reading comments on this blog we were concerned about the quality and sailing ability of Irwins. We've found the quality of the boat
is good. Just after we purchased her we had the mast
and boom painted, and we have had to replace hatch seals
. We consider this to be maintenance
that comes with owning a 25 year old boat
She is a great boat to sail, a very smooth and gentle ride. We crossed from Catalina
to Long Beach in 8-10 foot swells with 20 knot
winds and felt like we were out on a picnic. We are able to sail at 5-6 knots with 12 knots of wind
at 35 degrees.
There is a yahoo users group for Irwins with lots of information and pictures.