Sailboat Review of the 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.

Hull Type: Fin with rudder on skeg
Rigging Type: Masthead Sloop
LOA: 30.00 ft / 9.14 m
LWL: 26.92 ft / 8.21 m
Beam: 10.17 ft / 3.10 m
S.A. (reported): 474.00 ft2 / 44.04 m2
Draft (max): 5.33 ft / 1.62 m
Displacement: 10,000 lb / 4,536 kg
Ballast: 4,600 lb / 2,087 kg
S.A./Disp.: 16.39
Bal./Disp.: 46.00
Disp./Len.: 228.84
Construction: FG
First Built: 1972
Builder: Irwin Yachts (USA)
Designer: Ted Irwin

We Reviewed the Argo:

  • My Irwin 30 Competition, the Argo, is fitted with a tall rig, deep keel, Atomic 4 engine and till steering.  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, icebox, 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 smooth 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!

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
The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

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