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1981 Irwin Pilothouse

Hampton, Virginia, United States


Reduced again! Boat is priced to move! Bring all offers!

Do not miss this boat! This is the original "Distant Drummer" designed and built by Ted Irwin! Hull#1!

This is the OWNERS VERSION!  4 cabin layout with captains quarters aft with private head! Never chartered, she has been heavily upgraded over the last few years!

Rigging and Sails have been replaced.Twin Raymarine E80 and Radar. All new COMPOSITE DECKING! Has brand new canvas waiting for installation. Brand new Bow Thruster batteries and cables. Sail covers,bilge and block heaters,water maker,new cold plates for refrigeration,new travel cars for the main sail,new hatches all around w/shades and screens, led lighting has replaced many of the old lights.Flat screen TV's, surround sound stereo. Fuel polishing system.SO MUCH MORE! Contact for full list of Upgrades!

Owner ready to negotiate! 

Basic Boat Info

Price: US$229,000
Boat Name: Distant Drummer
Make: Irwin
Model: Pilothouse
Year: 1981
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Irwin Yachts
Designer: Ted Irwin
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: XYM65100M81B
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 65 ft
Length Overall: 64'8 ft
Length Of Deck: 64'8 ft
Waterline Length: 54 ft
Beam: 17'4 ft
Max Draft: 8'6 ft
Min Draft: 6 ft
Bridge Clearance: 81 ft
Dry Weight: 78,500 lb
Ballast: 23,000 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Perkins
  • Model: St6-3544
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 200hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1981
  • Engine Hours: 450
Cruising Speed: 6 kn
Maximum Speed: 8 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 700 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 1,100 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal


Heads Count: 3
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Ketch, Pilothouse
More Info :


Gulf Coast Yacht Sales - Irwin Co-Brokerage is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Marine Concepts Yacht Sales.

  • Hiller 3-Burner Propane stove and oven with shut off solenoid.
  • Full size built in refrigeration and freezer with new cold plates
  • Microwave
  • New Compactor
  • 20gal Hot water heater
  • twin satinless sinks
  • 800 GPD water maker
  • Washer and dryer
  • Ice maker
  • Garbage disposal  
  • 200HP Perkins ST6-3544 fresh rebuild 450hrs
  • 12.5 kw Westerbeke genset
  • 3 electric bilge pumps and mechanical bilge backups
  • Bilge alarms 
  • Halon fire surpression
  • Rewired AC/DC Panel
  • 4 AC units replaced in 06
  • twin alternator 
  • 6V batteries used for 12V system with water tight boxes
  • New Dockside water hook up 
  • Dockside power 2 30 amp and 1 50 amp
  • 3 Electric heads and 1 mechanical optioned
  • Twin Raymarine E80 W/ Radar
  • VHF radio 
  • Ship to Shore Radio
  • EPIRB 406
  • Robertson Auto Pilot
  • Promariner 60amp Batt Charger
  • Hart 2500 Inverter W/13amp Chager and Monitor 
On Deck
  • 75lb CQR Anchor W/350' of 3" hitest chain
  • 60lb CQR Anchor W/250' of 3/4 Nylon Rode
  • Simpson Lawrence 4000 Electric Windlass
  • Aluminum Davits W/12.5ft Caribe Hard bottom inflatable and 25hp engine
  • Stainless boarding ladder
  •  Beaufort 8-man Life Raft
Rigging and Sails
  • Aluminum Spares W/1 x 19 Stainless Rigging (rigging replaced in 06)
  • Profurl 52L Jib W/hank on spare storm jib for jack stay
  • Reaching poles 
  • 150 spinnaker
  • new sail covers 
  • Main less than 5years old used very little
  • 4 Barient main winches
  • 2 Barient mizzen winches
  • 1 Barient main boom winch
  • 1 Barient mizzen boom winch

Owners Vision with 4-Cabin Layout 

captains Quarters aft with privet head!

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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