1978 Irwin 52

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Yacht Overview

Make: Irwin

Model: 52

Year: 1978

Length: 52′

Located In: Saint Augustine, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8221465


“The boat that started the big boat deck-salon revolution”, as cited in Sailing Magazine.

The Irwin 52 was a trend-setting boat. It was a deck-salon cruiser before there were deck-salon cruisers. What’s more, the Irwin 52, may be the most popular big boat, 50-foot-plus, ever built. These beamy ketch-rigged cruisers offered no apologies for their motoryacht-like interior accommodations, spacious cockpit, wide side decks and raised bulwarks. It boasts of good performance under power as well as sail. 

Main Salon and galley to starboard, settee to port. Aft cabin and head to starboard. V Berth forward with head to port. Double bunk cabin to starboard.

Highlights include:

  • Perkins 85hp rebuilt in 2012 ~ 600 hours engine serviced 9/2021
  • Westerbeke 8kW Generator Serviced 9/2021 – 2800 hours
  • Boston Whaler 9′ dinghy with 8hp Mercury
  • Gamin GPS map 546s
  • Furuno Marine Rakar Model 1722/1732/1742/1752/1762
  • Furuno Netowrk Sounder Model ETR-6/10N
  • iCom IC-M34 VHF
  • Victron MultiPlus C 3000W 120vac Inverter/Charger 12v
  • Qty 2 – Solar Panel 145 watt SunPower Cell Flex & connectors (needs installation)
  • Qty 6 – AGM Marine Batteries (5 purchased 1/2022)
  • Qty 12 – New Port Lights with screens & shades (needs installation)
  • New bathroom fixtures new for forward head (needs installation)
  • Air Xcel Air Conditioner
  • Kukuma Marine Water Heater
  • Noco Genius Battery Charger
  • Qty 2: Visio HDTV 
  • Sea Frost Deep Freezer
  • Magic Chef 10.1 Refrigerator
  • 45lb CQR with 100′ 3/8″ chain and 250 3/4 nylon rode

Mast is currently off the vessel due to marina storage.  It is adjacent to the boat and will be re-installed for trial run/survey.  Hull is solid and needs some TLC and detailing.

Survey available for review.

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 52
LWL: 44
Beam: 15.25 ft
Maximum Draft: 5.5 ft
Displacement: 55,000 lb
Ballast: 16,100 lb
Bridge Clearance: 59 ft


Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine Model: 4-236
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 85|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (190 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 2 (130 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 2 (30 Gallon)


Number of single berths: 3
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Sail Area

IJPE : 1356.00 sq ft
I : 61.58 ft
J : 21.17 ft
P : 55.17 ft
E : 19.00 ft
Working Sail Area : 1356.00 sq ft
Keel Details
Keel #1
Keel Type: Shoal_Draft
Max Draft: 5.50 ft

Keel #2
Keel Type: Centerboard
Draft Board Up: 5.50 ft
Max Draft: 12.50 ft

Manufacturer Provided Description
Handcrafted by artisans, the Irwin 52 presents unparalleled luxury with distinctive styling. Designed as a matched system, every part specifically interrelates to provide quality, reliability and durability. The Irwin 52 features over 150 standard equipment items making time spent aboard relaxing and enjoyable. Each 52 features items such as a roller furling headstay, refrigeration, stain resistant upholstery, and ergonomically designed chairs for the breakfast bar and salon. The masthead ketch rig is engineered to powerfully and swiftly drive through the water. To make sail handling a snap there is also an optional furling main sail. The 52 also features advantages such as foam-cored horizontal deck surfaces for stiffness and insulation, plus corrosion resistant, stainless steel deck hardware. The raised quarterdeck and drop-level soles allow plenty of headroom from the V-berth to the aft stateroom. Richly finished in teak, the salon is large and ideal for entertaining. The galley has a tremendous amount of counter space for food preparation and features an LPG gimbaled stove with oven, a refrigerator / freezer, a pantry, and a washer / dryer. The Irwin 52 has a choice between three semi-custom accommodation plans. One example includes the owner's stateroom aft with a spacious queen-size berth along with five storage lockers, drawer bank, two cedar-trimmed hanging lockers, as well as a private head with shower.
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