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1978 Irwin 52 Cutter Rigged Ketch

Clearwater, Florida


Sundance” is a good example of  an Irwin 52 of her age, and has been well maintained and cared for by a knowledgeable owner. She offers many cruising and live aboard features found only on much larger vessels and has a spacious, comfortable interior in good condition. She is in sail away condition and would only need to take on food, drink, and personal items to be on your way.

New bottom paint and other mechanical service June 2020.

This is a Very nice yacht and the price just dropped $10,000 for a quick sale.  Easily handled by a couple and a perfect liveaboard at your favorite waterfront location.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $139,000 (Sale Pending)
Make: Irwin
Model: 52 Cutter Rigged Ketch
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Irwin Yacht & Marine
Designer: Ted Irwin
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 52 ft
Length Overall: 56 ft
Length Of Deck: 52 ft
Waterline Length: 44 ft
Beam: 15'4 ft
Max Draft: 5'6 ft
Min Draft: 5'6 ft
Displacement: 46,500 lb
Bridge Clearance: 64 ft
Cabin Headroom: 6'5 ft
Ballast: 16,100 lb
Single Berths: 1
Double Berths: 2
Twin Berths: 2
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Perkins
  • Model: 4-236
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 85hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Engine Hours: 3890
Cruising Speed: 7.5 kn
Propeller RPM: 1800
Maximum Speed: 8.5 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 220 gal
Fuel Tank Material: GRP
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 350 gal
Water Tank Material: GRP
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 20 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Cruisers, Ketch
More Info : Manufacturer Website


Gene Gammon
Gulf Coast Yacht Sales


Gulf Coast Yacht Sales
St. Petersburg 101 16th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida, US, 33701
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Vessel Walkthrough

All hatches are new aluminum.  All windows in salon are new.  All opening ports have been replaced. The yacht is fully air conditioned with three AC units to keep the boat very cool in the warm tropics.  And heat in the winter.

The salon is a very spacious area with port and starboard settees. The room is furnished with teak bulkheads, cabinetry and trim, with an insulated headliner of off-white vinyl. Opening hatches above and large windows, both forward and to the sides provide for a bright and airy salon. There is also a table for cocktails or meals and a counter separating the galley.

The master stateroom is large and very private. There is an ‘L’ shaped settee with storage, hanging lockers, and a large mirror. A  queen mattress provides comfort and a separate A/C unit is installed in this area. The private ensuite head includes a separate shower with tub, vanity, wash basin and electrical toilet in good serviceable condition.

The guest quarters include two furnished staterooms forward, one V-Berth with new custom made mattresses. The other starboard with upper and lower berths are both air-conditioned and are well ventilated from opening hatches and portholes. There is also a forward guest head to port with a large stall shower compartment, vanity, washbasin and electrical toilet, also in good serviceable condition.

The large, highly functional galley is located just starboard of the companionway, and aft of the salon. The counter tops are off white, trimmed with teak. There is a stainless steel double sink with hot and cold-pressured water, a large stand up 12V/120V  refrigerator, a large 8 cu ft top loading freezer and a 3-burner electric stove w/oven and broiler.


On port side opposite the galley is a full upper bunk with major storage below in separate cabinets.  Also in this area is the electric panel, drawer storage and an Ice Maker.

The navigation station has a large chart table with storage underneath and is located immediately to port of the companionway in the main salon.

The engine room is located under the fiberglass hinged floor hatches centerline in the salon.  Well insulated and quiet.  The fiberglass soles are carpeted.


Large U shaped  full galley to starboard.  Top loading deep freezer, new stand up double door refrigerator.   3 burner electric stove and oven.  Double sink, microwave, drawers and food and dry storage.   

 Norcold DE0061 upright refrigerator/freezer

 Top opening deep freezer w large holding plate

 3-Burner electric stove w/oven & broiler

 Hamilton Beech 1000W Microwave 


 Oster Blender

 Large pantry

 Double stainless sink

 Pressurized hot and cold water

 Large fresh water filter system



Raymarine ST6001 linear drive autopilot (2004)

Fluxgate compass for autopilot

Data Marine digital depth sounder

Interphase forward/side looking sonar

Icom MC802 SSB transceiver

Icom IC-M422 VHF radio with repeater at the helm

2 handheld VHF radios

            Icom model IC-M7

            Icom model BC-166

ASUS laptop navigation computer with repeater display at the helm

Spare ASUS navigation laptop (not installed)

Spare cockpit repeater display (not installed)


            Garmin GPS V dedicated to navigation pc

            Garmin GPS V spare (not installed)

            Garmin GPS MAP 76

Skymate satellite communications radio

Paines Wessex 406 EPIRB - needs recertifying


Deck and Hull

66 lb Bruce anchor w 300’ 3/8" chain and 3/4" rope

45 lb aluminum Spade anchor w 300’ 3/8" chain and 3/4" rope

Galley Maid anchor windlass 12 Volt (2014)

Anchor chain washdown system

Aluminum dinghy davits at transom

ABI 9.5' Dinghy 2009

Nissan 9.8 hp outboard w electric start 2004

Folding dinghy anchor 8 lb 

2 deck boxes aft port and starboard

Life ring horseshoe

Fenders & double docklines

Deck lights on main and mizzen mast

Navigation lights & strobe at masthead

Swim/Boarding ladder on transom

Mosquito screens all ports and hatches

Full walk under deck cover in 3 sections

Updated aluminum hatches

Updated opening ports

Hull and deck repainted in Awlgrip white

New Salon windows and frames

Freshly finished teak caprails, winchpads and trim


Bimini top & dodger

Cockpit table

Cockpit cushions

Teak cockpit grating

Storage lockers port and starboard behind backrest cusions.

8 life jackets

6 throwable cockpit cushions

Sails and Rigging

Intercoastal Bridge friendly mast height 64’

Aluminum keel-stepped mast Internal roller furling with

all lines controlled from cockpit

ICW height 64' 3"

Aluminum deck stepped mizzen  w compression post

Newer Stainless steel rigging w Staylock fittings

2 Lewmar 55 self tailing Genoa winches

4 additional cockpit winches for mizzen, main, outhauls, et al.

2 mainmast mounted halyard winches

2 mizzen mast mounted halyard winches

Profurl Jib furling system with sacrificial cover

Genoa roller furling ~5 oz light weather sail

Self tending boomed staysail with traveler - 8 oz heavy storm fabric

Main in-mast roller furling ~6.0 oz

Mizzen sail ~7.5 oz heavy weather sail

Sail covers staysail & mizzen booms

Masts and booms repainted with Awlgrip white



12 volt DC electrical system

120 volt AC electrical system

Kohler 12.5 kw Generator 3965 hrs

Dedicated generator starter battery group 24

Duracel AGM group 31 engine starting battery (2016)

6 Daracel AGM group 31 house batteries 630 amp hours (2016)

Pronautic model 12-30 3 stage smart battery charger (2016)

2 Kyocera KC130 solar panels mounted aft (~80 amp hours/day)

Air Breeze wind generator mounted on mizzen mast

Galley Maid anchor windlass (2015)

Dedicated windlass battery w Marinco 28106 3 stage charger

Shore power cord 50 amp


Inboard Perkins 4-236  Diesel 1978, rebuilt ~2002

3890 hours total.

Injectors & injector fuel pump rebuilt 2013

Fresh water cooling via seawater heat exchanger

2 Racor fuel filters .  Oversized Racor fuel filter for engine

Raw water sea strainer

Borg Warner direct drive transmission

Maxprop 3 bladed feathering propeller

Halon fire extinguisher adjacent engine

Lube oil transfer system

Cruising speed 7 kts @1800 rpm 1 3/4 gals/hr

Top speed 8.5 kts @ 2400 rpm


Guzzler manual bilge pump

2 Rule 2000 bilge pumps w float switches

High water alarm

Electric aft head

Electric forward head w 24 gal holding tank

Irwin wheel steering 

Emergency tiller

Fire extinguishers (4)

Halon fire extinguisher in engine room.

Cruise air AC Units:

            10,000 BTU/hr v berth area

            16,000 BTU/hr main salon  

            10,000 BTU/hr owner's stateroom

Mast Step  The 3 cross beams that support the mast step were reinforced both sides with 1/4" galvanized steel plate through bolted to each other with 3/8" ss machine screws and set in epoxy.) Done while doing maintenance and updating in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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