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SAILBOAT--Irwin Citation 30

1980 SAILBOAT Irwin Citation 30


Year: 1980

City: Duluth, WI

Stock: 6bd234

Condition: good

Make: Irwin

Propulsion: sail

Price: $11,900

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 30'

Model: Citation

Engine hours: -

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Impromptu came to Port Superior in 1980 and she’s never left the lake. I bought Impromptu after reading Lyn and Larry Pardey’s book The Cost Conscious Cruiser. The Pardey’s suggest that the most important thing is to get onto the water at a price you can afford and they were so right. Years of experience I would not have otherwise had were gained on this simple, inexpensive boat. One of Impromptu’s former owners had graduated to a Catalina 44. He used to pass me by on the docks at Port Superior and ask, “How do you like that little boat?” “It’s great!” I’d say. “I wish I had never let her go,” he would say, “She was a sweet sailing boat.”

When I bought her, the old genoa was like sailing an umbrella. She became much sweeter to sail with the new jib I bought. I love her simplicity because she taught me to sail without all the fancy instruments. The depth finder is great and my Lowrance gave me her speed over the water. That’s about all I need. Now I can feel when the boat is not right—no need for an instrument to tell me so.

Ted Irwin designed two 30-foot models: The Citation and the Competition. Impromptu is a Citation and she has proven to be fast enough to win in competition. Offered in a fin or shoal keel with centerboard, Impromtu sports the centerboard which lowers quite deep for food windward performance. Her spacious interior is lavish for a boat her size. Moderately designed in a continental motif and handcrafted with teak throughout, she sleeps 5 in comfort ad style. Her layout is pretty traditional with a forward forepeak double cabin. The head lies just aft to port and it is completely enclosed for privacy. The main salon has port and starboard settee berths and a drop leaf table which folds against the main bulkhead when not needed. There is a teak floor throughout. The stylish wrap-around U-Shaped galley is on the starboard side. Across is the navigation table and just aft of it is a large quarter berth to finish off the sleeping arrangements. On deck there are two hatches, deck stepped mast and anchor locker forward. Wheel steering controls the inboard spade rudder. The boat has been sailed on Lake Superior since she was new. The current owner has had her for 5 years and now has moved up into a 38-footer. He remarks that this is a fun boat to sail and with the shoal draft, you can get into most anywhere. Impromptu is a good, solid vessel that needs some cosmetic work, but is ready to sail and is a very affordable way to get into a nice boat with cruising comfort and great sailing characteristics.

12 HP Yanmar Diesel w/35 gal fuel tank
2010 UK Mainsail w/Red Sail Cover
2017 UK 135% Furling Genoa
150% Furling Genoa (Original)
Harken Roller Furling Unit
Wheel Steering
Whisker Pole
Midship Mainsheet Traveler
2 Lewmar #8 Halyard Winches
2 Lewmar #25 2-spd Primary Winches
Bow & Stern Rail w/Double Life Lines
Transom Mount Swim Ladder
KVH Azimuth Compass
VHF Marine Radio
Lowrance Chart Plotter
DataMarine Wind Machine
Windex Spar Fly
2 Fire Extinguishers
Life Ring
Life Sling
MOB Pole
30A Shore Power
Dual Battery 12v Electrical System
2 Burner Alcohol Stove
2 Fresh Water tanks totaling 85 gallons
Hot Water Heater
Dish Locker
Galley Ice Box
4 Opening Ports
3 Deck Hatches
Teak Handrails
Marine Head w/Holding Tank
Hanging Locker
Deck Anchor Locker
Anchor Rode & Chain
Dock Lines & Boat Fenders

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