Sailboats

Sailboat Review of the Irwin 30 Competition

1979 Irwin 30 Competition

The Irwin 30 Competition is a racing boat, built with an oversized rig and a long keel but still has a surprising amount of comfort.  She is designed to race first and double as a daysailer.

We reviewed the Argo:

  • My Irwin 30 Competition, the Argo, is fitted with a tall rig, deep keel, Atomic 4 engine and till stearning.  I have a stack pack for the main, self tailing winches, GPS chartplotter, backlit gimbaled compass and more.
  • The galley is equipped with a 2 burner alcohol stove, sink, ice box, 120 volt fridge and plenty of storage.  I soon hope to upgrade it with a 3 burner gimbaled propane stove with oven.
  • The salon is simple but functional with a fold out table that can feed 6 people.  The 2 salon benches double as single beds with plenty of storage under and behind them.
  • The head is equipped with a flushing toilet and sink. The bad news is that the 2 gallon gray water tank cannot be pumped out.  It must be disconnected in the salon and hand carried to a disposal site. 
  • The v-berth is big enough for 1 person comfortably and 2 people if you really like each other.  There is storage space in a few drawers and cubbies.  There is a hanging closet beside the head and v-berth.
  • The quarter berth is big enough for one person to sleep or a big storage area if not used as a bed.
  • This boat sails really nice and very fast. She is balanced very well and is easy to control. It turns on a dime and the Atomic 4 is more than enough power to get you out of any bind you find yourself in.

Overall I give this ship 2 thumbs up!

The Argo at Sandwich Marina
Cockpit of the Argo
Galley and Quarter Berth of the 1979 Irwin 30 Competition
Salon of the 1979 Irwin 30 Competition
V-Berth of the 1979 Irwin 30 Competition

Irwin 30 Compition

8.5

My Personal Rating

8.5/10

Speed

10.0/10

Control

8.0/10

Comfort

7.5/10

Pros

  • This boat is fast
  • Easy to sail
  • Well balanced
  • Great helm responce
  • Fun to sail

Cons

  • Does not meet liveaboard standards
  • Emptying the toilet