Practical Sailor Review
A mainstream coastal cruiser from an economy builder still managing to survive.
Irwin Yachts has been in operation for 27 years, one of the true old-timers in the fiberglass sail boat business. When we talked to them regarding the Irwin 34, they had just weathered the roughest storm of their history, having settled with their creditors and recovered from Chapter 11, when many other companies in similar situations were folding.
Irwin’s recovery was marked by the start of a new production 50-foot cruiser. The new boat, like all the boats throughout the company’s history, was designed by Ted Irwin, who has served continuously as CEO of the company as well as chief designer. In this respect, Irwin is like Catalina Yachts, whose CEO and chief designer Frank Butler is second only to Irwin in business longevity.
Spinn Sheet Review Citation 34 Used Boat Review
Posted March 28, 2017
The Citation series from Irwin Yachts was aimed at economy-minded buyers looking for a more performance-oriented boat that would provide accommodations and amenities for comfortable family cruising. The Citation 34 was introduced in 1978, remained in production through the 1985 model year, and, in that time, 305 Citation 34s were built with most being sold along the Eastern Seaboard and Great Lakes.