Hi. The boat appears to be in good shape. The swing keel
is appealing for negotiating coral reefs
, unless it leaves the rudder
vulnerable. I like the seperate shower/head modification. Even though the hull
looks very simular to ours, we have a completely different interior
layout. Don't you love boats? No two are alike. The more recent upgrades are nice. As far as the cockpit size, we love it. Make sure it has adaquate drain(s) and leave the lower door section in place because you will
get hit with big seas. Most trips we've taken we've had additional crew on board so the larger cockpit was a godsend.
In addition to what this boat already has, we've added the following to ours: (just to give you some ideas)
- JRC 16 mile range
Water maker - 100 gal/day capacity, 12 V DC
Additional 30 gal. water tank (100 total)
- 150 watts total
- Air-X 400 watts
Doubled the battery
Hydraulic auto pilot independant of the cable steering
- Automatic Identification System
at the helm
New Adler Baurbar air/water cooled refrigeration
for the tropics
dingy davit lifts with automatic emergency
driven air compressor
(small, mechanically engaged) for diving
Second large bilge pump
(can't have too many)
Two stainless folding bikes (don't laugh)
I'm sure I missed something.......... currently replacing all lighting
is now at 22,000 lbs. and we didn't have to move the boot stripe so the hull has great buoyancy.
We still only have 30 gal. fuel capacity. There's room for another 20 gallon rubber bladder so I might consider that.
As far as negotiating the price
, I'd offer $40,000.00 and reluctantly meet them halfway. The above list could run in excess of 30 thousand, especially if you hire it done. We have done 95% of the additions ourselves.
Also, does anyone out there have any history
with the swing keel? I am curious since I didn't even know Irwin offered that in 1980.
Hope this helps... happy valentine's day