1989 Irwin 52

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Yacht Overview

Make: Irwin

Model: 52

Year: 1989

Length: 52′

Located In: Beaufort, NC

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8644655


“The boat that started the big boat deck-saloon revolution”

The Irwin 52 was a trend-setting boat. It was a deck-saloon cruiser before there were deck-saloon cruisers. What’s more, the Irwin 52, with more than 250 hulls launched, may be the most popular big boat, 50-foot-plus, ever built. These beamy … 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. Hmm, come to think of it those features sound awfully familiar? When you take a look at many of today’s larger cruising boats, it seems that Ted Irwin was a visionary.  By John Kretschmer, 2008

Perception is a 1989 Irwin 52 Mark IV which holds the deck of the Irwin 54.  One of the last 52’s she received the 54 deck as a factory change over. Perception has been consistently maintained and updated with current equipment. A major refit was completed in 2008 which included engine, genset, bow thruster, plumbing, DC power systems, mast step replacement, electronics, refrigeration, bedding, hatch porthole window re-bedding, hatch glass replacement hardware along with a deck, hull, and mast painting. Saloon/Galley were redesigned to allow for current comforts of a modern day design.  Light usage as shown by hours, she continues to be updated as needed.  A 155 hp engine moves her at a solid 8.5 knots giving you enough power to move Perception in any sea or current.    A beamy, solid,  excellent sailing sailboat with enough room for the entire family, or because of today’s upgrades, she moves two with superior comfort and ease.  She is at home cruising the intercoastal with her intercoastal friendly mast or on a passage offshore and is envied in all marina’s.   She was built for the lslands, but now she does it with extreme comfort and safety!  A boat that has been truly updated and kept current!

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 55.67
LWL: 44
Beam: 15.33 ft
Maximum Draft: 12.5 ft
Displacement: 46,000 lb
Ballast: 16,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft
Dry Weight: 46,000 lb


Engine Brand: Cummings
Engine Model: 4BT
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 155|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (480 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (340 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 1 (32 Gallon)


Number of single berths: 4
Number of heads: 2

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Irwin 52 is loaded with standard features. On deck there's a spacious walk-in cockpit, a roller furling headstay, thoughtfully-located hardware and much more. Below-deck systems have been analyzed and located for easy accessibility. The opulent main salon is airy and open, featuring two large comfortable settees. The navigation station has ample chart and instrument space and Captain's chair. The galley is a gourmet's delight, with a tremendous amount of space for food preparation. Opposite the galley is a dinette table or crew quarters for two and a pantry for additional food storage. The master stateroom has a full queen-sized berth, settee, and private head with a tub and shower stall. The forward guest stateroom also has a queen-sized centerline berth with a settee, and a private entrance to the day head with its tub and shower stall. The guest stateroom has upper and lower single berths. The tasteful use of richly varnished teak combined with coordinated mica colors provides a feeling of spacious elegance. Generous water and fuel capacity means long trips are possible without frequent stopping.  (Updated 2022 for Perception)

On Deck

Center cockpit layout, shoal draft with centerboard, cutter rigged model.

  • Spacious foredeck
  • Wide side decks lead aft to a second spacious deck area
  • Port and starboard lazarettes
  • Access below forward in the cockpit leads down to the salon
  • Custom hard top over cockpit (2021)
  • Cockpit teak table
  • Fiberglass lounge seat transom
  • Stainless steel bow and stern rails
  • Nine deck hatches (Glass and hardware replaced 2008 - Select Plastics)
  • 60# CQR plow anchor with chain and rode
  • Fortress FX55 anchor with 1" nylon rode (2019)
  • Spare Fortress FX85 anchor
  • Balmar windlass (Motor rebuilt 2009)
  • Stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines
  • Fiberglass bow pulpit with dual anchor rollers
  • Two #32 Barient ST winches
  • Two #21 Barient ST winches
  • Two #17 Barient ST winches
  • Swim platform with winch
  • 2 1/2# fire extinguishers (3)

Note:  Dingy does not convey.

Below Deck
  • Salon is aft of forward staterooms

           -Spacious, open entertaining area 

           -Ultraleather settee with high-low table forward to starboard

           -Liquor cabinet starboard

           -Ultraleather settee forward to port

           -Bookshelves and cabinets

           -Two overhead hatches and two forward facing hatches

           -Two large windows to port and to starboard

           -16K BTU Dometic reverse cycle heat and air under settee to starboard (2019)

           -Battery storage under settee to port

           -Battery charging 12v and 24v in locker

           -Water heater under settee to starboard

           -Additional storage under both port and starboard settees

  • Owner's stateroom aft with centerline queen berth, ensuite, fresh water head and shower stall (Rebuilt head October 2022)

            -Four drawer storage beneath berth

            -Cedar lined hanging locker

            -Four drawer bureau

            -Fresh water Tecma marine toilet  (2008, rebuilt 2022)

            -Gruhe stainless steel sink facet (2021)

            - Delta shower head (2021)

            -Large hatch over berth with smaller hatch towards the foot

            -Two ports to port, two ports starboard and single forward facing ports starboard                and port

            -16K BTU Dometic reverse cycle heat and air (11/2020)


  • VIP guest stateroom forward with centerline queen berth, shared ensuite, fresh water head and shower (rebuilt head October 2022)

           -Six drawers beneath berth

           -Hanging locker to port and three drawer storage to starboard

           -Large hatch above berth, two ports starboard and two ports to port

           -16K BTU Dometic reverse cycle heat and air (11/2020)


  • Guest stateroom forward to starboard with upper and lower single berths

           -Two drawers beneath berths

           -Hanging locker

           -Overhead hatch and one port to port

           -Adjacent fresh water head shared with forward stateroom

           -Reverse cycle heat and air shared with VIP guest stateroom

  • Nav station aft to port with electrical panel and electronics (listed separately)
  • Galley is starboard aft and open to the salon

          -Three burner propane Princess stove with oven (2008)

          -Burner shutoff, propane tank and remote 12v solenoid

          -Emerson microwave (2015)

          -Novakool 5.8 cu. ft. AC/DC refrigerator (2008)

          -Frigoboat keel cool freezer (2008)

          -Formica counter tops

  • Port side of galley area includes the laundry and over/under crew quarter/dinette combo

          -Thor vent less washer/dryer combo

Electronics and Navigation
  • Two 3' VHF mast mounted antennas (2020)
  • B&G 9" Zeus GPS on helm (2019)
  • B&G VHF V20 S (2022)
  • Raymarine E/20 12" down DSM 300 sonar/depth (2008)
  • Raymarine 24 radar (2008)
  • Seatalk SR100 weather radar (2008)
  • Deck display speed/depth/wind (2008)
  • Eight Polyplaner speakers (2008)
  • Power amp (2008)
  • Bass unit

Electrical and Mechanical
  • Dometic reverse cycle heat and air (3) *See dates
  • Two manual bilge pumps (2008)
  • Two shower sump pumps (2008)
  • Two racor filters (2008)
  • 12v exhaust blower
  • Mechanical fuel pump with electric primer
  • Onan 9.0 MDKL generator with 762 hours (2008) *Sound shield available
  • Force 10 6 gallon water heater (2008)
  • Cummings 4BT with 646 hours *Recon. installed 2007
  • Sidepower 24v 155TCI bow thruster (2007)
  • Warn 1700 swim platform winch (2008)
  • 12v engine and generator alternators (2008)
  • 12v/50amp Pronautic battery charger (2018)
  • 24v/30amp Pronautic battery charger (2021)
  • Eight 6v Delco batteries (2018)  *Four bank 1, Four  bank 2
  • Engine 12v battery group 24 (2021)
  • Generator/windlass 12v battery group 24 (2018)
  • 12v DC lighting ( 2008) with 110v AC outlets
  • Isolar ProIso 3 bank (2018)
  • Blue Sea 1830x2, bank 1 and bank 2 (2018)
  • Blue Sea 1733x1 starting battery (2018)
  • 24v bowthruster 4D Magna D6M (2019)
  • 50' 30amp shore power cords (2)
  • 2x30amp to 50amp pigtail
  • Running lights
  • Anchor light

  • Precision 400 Series Advanced Dacron main (2020) *Est. 580sqft.
  • Staysail
  • Jib
  • Aluminum spar and boom
  • Running backstays
  • Genoa tracks port and starboard
  • Shaffer roller furl system 4000 (2019)
  • Shaffer roller furl system 2100 (2019)
  • Strong Track tides marine system (2018)

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