Selling Up - Help Us Find New Owners for s/v Island Bound

[UPDATE: Island Bound has sold and we're now sailing aboard s/v Bearly A-Wake]

The time has finally come and we're ready to move up to a larger sailboat. Island Bound has helped us grow into a very tight family and has opened our eyes to beautiful sights and our spirits to great adventures. She's a beautiful boat that demands very little but gives a ton.

The simple fact is that, as a family of five including three young daughters, we've outgrown Island Bound's accommodations and could use more space for future adventures. If you or someone you know is looking for an affordable family cruiser, contact us.

Most of the information about Island Bound is below, but don't hesitate to ask questions or come and inspect her in person. (My personal review of the Irwin 28 can be found here, for those seeking more details.)

FOR SALE: 1977 Irwin 28 MkIV: $6,500

She's a sloop rigged fin keel sailboat with good manners and plenty of features to keep sailing easy and life at anchor and the dock comfortable. The large vee berth sleeps two adults, with room for more on each of two settees and a full size quarter berth. The efficient galley features a sink, very large refrigerated ice box, alcohol stove and flip-up counter extension. The main salon offers dining room for four at the fold-down table. Storage is plentiful just about everywhere with lockers, lazarettes and cubbies for all of your gear.

For a very reasonable asking price, you'll be getting a sailboat with newer sails (including a beautiful 2-color spinnaker), cockpit canvas (dodger/bimini) and a very clean cabin and deck. She's got a reliable autopilot, an eager little engine and simple systems that are easy to maintain. All woodwork is in great condition and shows pride of ownership. The gelcoat shines from a fresh buff (3M Marine Finesse-It II Glaze) and wax (3M Marine Liquid Wax) and the boat is smooth and fast with 2 fresh coats of VC 17m bottom paint.

If you're looking for an affordable cruiser that exudes pride of ownership, come take a look at Island Bound

LOA: 28'5"
LWL: 23'0"
Beam: 9'0"
Draft: 4'6"
Displacement: 7,800 lbs.

Volvo MB10A (2 cylinder, gasoline) w/ annual oil changes, spark plugs, impeller, and fuel/air filter cleanings

Holding capacities:
Waste: 15 gallons
Water: 70 gallons
Fuel: 18 gallons

Sail inventory:
Main: Doyle Sails (new in 2006)
Genoa: Doyle Sails 130% (new in 2006) w/ roller furling
Spinnaker: Symmetrical 8.0 oz. tri-radial (yellow/orange)

Additional Features:
Spare headsail halyard (1 primary, 1 secondary, 1 spinnaker)
Dodger and bimini
Matching canvas winch covers & lifeline cushions
Matching TaylorMade Supergard fenders (new 2012)
Fin keel (100% lead)
MarTec fixed 2-blade bronze prop
Storage cradle
Interlux VC 17m Extra bottom paint (fresh every spring including 2013)
4 opening ports, two large fixed ports, and 1 opening hatch (all w/ screens)
Teak hatchboards and custom teak screen inserts
2 hand-pump sinks (galley & head)
Manual flush Jabsco toilet
Lots of cabin teak in excellent condition (fiddle rails, louvered doors, magazine rack, etc.)
NorCold AC/DC refrigerator conversion (currently wired for AC only)
110v shore power hookup
Custom teak cockpit grate
Perforated aluminum toe rail (entire length of deck)
All lines (halyards, sheets, furling line) led to cockpit
7 winches including 2-speed primaries (four on the cockpit coamings for headsail/spinnaker sheets and 3 at the mast)
In-boom jiffy reefing (two reef points on the main)
Fold-down dinette table and teak storage rack
LED bulbs in salon lamps
Origo 2000 non-pressurized 2-burner alcohol stove
Manual backstay adjuster
Dual flaglines
Two 12 volt batteries w/ Perko battery selector switch
Professionally wired AC battery charger
Autohelm ST2000 autopilot
Uniden QT206 depth sounder w/ cockpit display
Knotmeter/log w/ cockpit display
Raymarine Ray 45 fixed mount VHF radio w/ masthead antenna
Throwable horseshoe buoy (USCG approved) & stern rail bracket
Removable boarding ladder
Original brochures & manuals for most equipment, including 2 Volvo MB10A owner's manuals
Stainless Nicro Day/Night Solar Vent Fan (hatch mounted, new in 2012)


  1. Kevin,
    I left you a message on your cell phone about S/V Island Bound. I am interested if you are still selling.

    Larry Andersen

  2. Kevin,
    I left you a voicemail message about S/V Island Bound. My wife and I are interested. Hopefully my email attached to this. If not, my phone number is in the message.


  3. Kevin,
    I left you a message on your cell phone about S/V Island Bound. I am interested if you are still selling.

    Larry Andersen

  4. Hello. I was wondering if your beautiful sailboat was still available. Thanks! Craig

    1. Hi Craig. Island Bound was sold during the late summer of 2013. We're now sailing aboard s/v Bearly A-Wake, our Catalina 34. Best of luck in your search!

  5. Anonymous04 February

    Hello my name is Kurt. I recently read your review on the 28 irwin and bought my own. I also reached out to Mr. Gene Gammon and am waiting on a response. However i was wandering if we could get in contact and pick your brain a bit for some info.

    1. Hi Kurt. Congrats on the new-to-you I28! Yes, feel free to get a hold of me at Kevin at I'm always happy to talk sailing and sailboats.

  6. Haha I just bought one too...


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