USD $215 000

Irwin 52 ~ Series II 1983

Boat type
52 ~ Series II
Length LOA
52' 0" - 15.85m
1.6m (3.05m with centreboard down)
Fuel type
Hull material

IRWIN 52 KETCH MK II ~ Australian Registered ~ Located Langkawi

Irwin 52 (Series II) turn-key bluewater cruising ketch.

This is an Australian registered vessel lying in Malaysia. This represents a great opportunity for an Australian buyer to cruise South East Asia, then return home without the hassle and considerable expense of importing the boat into Australia.

‘Tantara is being offered for sale through a West Australian boat broker, so you can buy with confidence.

‘Tantara’ underwent a considerable refit in 2022. She is currently on a fortnightly maintenance plan and presents in excellent condition.

The Irwin 52 is an extremely comfortable and spacious liveaboard cruising yacht. The design has considerable internal volume that delivers spacious living areas and generous accommodation.

The main saloon would have to be one of the most spacious living areas to be found on a 52 foot design. The raised deck saloon adds considerably to the volume of the saloon and the surrounding windows and opening hatches flood the living area with natural light.

Accommodation is very well catered for with a total of eight berths. The private master aft cabin, features a large double bed, loads of storage, and an en-suite. There are a couple of great sea berth positioned amidships in the place of least motion.

The galley is on the starboard side of the saloon and incorporates a breakfast bar with a couple of bar stools. Standard inclusions are a gas stove/oven, fridge and freezer. Luxurios extras include an ice maker and washing machine.

As you would expect of a yacht of this calibre, there is plenty of storage both below and on deck. A large lazarette at the transom provides the perfect solution for storing sails, tender, bicycles and everything in-between.

Tantara has a very versatile staysail ketch rig. This provides a multitude of varying sail combinations all broken down into smaller easier to handle sails. With a self-tacking staysail, the only sail that needs to be attended to while tacking, is the headsail. All of the sails were removed, serviced and cleaned and reinstalled with new sail covers in 2022.

The Perkins 135hp pushes Tantara along at a respectable 8kn under power. The engine, gearbox and generator were all removed, fully serviced and reinstalled during the 2022 refit.

One of the standout cruising features of the Erwin 52 is the shoal draft keel that draws only 1.6m. The keel incorporates a centreboard that extends the draft to 3.05m and greatly improves upwind performance. Theis design really does offer the cruising sailor the best of both worlds.

Tantara’s current owners bought her in back in1996. After a considerable refit they completed a circumnavigation and eventually ended up in Malaysia. In 2022 Tantara underwent another substantial refit with most work taking place in a hangar in Boustead Langkawi Shipyard (see pictures). She is now offered for sale at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia.

The 2022 refit included:
o Hull and deck – fully repainted in white and burgundy (June 2022)
o Non-skid deck grip (new 2022)
o New caprail installed (2022)
o Exterior woodwork, including cockpit re-varnished (June 2022)
o New interior soft furnishings including mattresses, sofas and cushions (new 2022)
o All portlights replaced (new 2022)
o Atkins-Hoyle aluminium hatches removed, serviced, repainted and resealed (2022)
o Both masts repainted (2022)
o All 3 booms repainted (2022)
o Interior woodwork and cabin sole re-varnished (2022)
o Engine & gearbox removed, fully serviced and repainted (2022)
o Generator serviced (2022)
o All new engine, house and generator batteries (2022)
o All refrigeration serviced (2022)
o Hot water tank removed, plumbing and wiring loom remains (2022)
o All 4 sails removed, serviced, cleaned and new sail covers installed (2022)
o New bimini and dodger installed (2022)
o New LED lights installed (2022)
o Running rigging – many new halyards and sheets (2022)
o Standing rigging – surveyed (2022)
o Tender and Yamaha OBM serviced (2022)
o Both spare anchors re-galvanised (2022)

Since the completion of the refit, Tantara has been professionally maintained and she is ready to sail off into the sunset with her new owners.

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Engine Make Perkins 6.3544M, 6 cylinder, 135hp, (fully serviced and repainted 2022) 160A main alternator (serviced 2022); 65A secondary alternator (new 2022)
Fuel type Diesel
Engine hours 1920
Propulsion BORG WARNER Velvet Drive gearbox (fully serviced and re painted 2022). Shaft drive with 3 blade fixed bronze prop (2016)
Horse power 115
Fuel type Diesel
Genset FISCHER PANDA 6.5 KVa genset (fully serviced 2022)
Sails and Rigging
Dinghy ACHILLES RIB HB-310AL (2015)
Outboard YAMAHA 5hp (serviced 2022)
Ground tackle
Anchor Electric windlass 60 lb CQR 45 lb CQR (regalvanised 2022) 35 lb CQR (regalvanised 2022)
Chain 70m of 10mm chain. 10m of 13mm chain
Dodger New bimini and dodger, plus side clears to fully enclose the cockpit. All new 2022
LOA 52' 0" - 15.85m
Beam 4.67m
Draft 1.6m (3.05m with centreboard down)
Displacement 24948kg
Keel / Ballast 7303kg
Maximum Speed 8kn
Designer Ted Irwin
Builder Irwin Yachts
Hull material Fibreglass/GRP
Deck material Fibreglass/GRP
Antifoul 2022
Fresh water tanks 380 US gallons (1,438 litres)
Fuel tanks 250 US gallons (946 litres)
Safety equipment
Flares Pains Wessex Flare cannister
Fire extinguishers 2 x fire extinguishers (serviced 2022). Fire blanket (galley)
Life raft AVON 8 person life raft (serviced 2022)


  • Starboard side galley.
  • Breakfast bar with a couple of bar stools.
  • Ice Maker.
  • Washing machine.


  • Large aft master cabin.
  • 8x Berths.
  • Sea berths midships


Galley features
Refrigeration 240V AC custom fridge / freezer (fully serviced 2022)
Freezer 240V AC RARITAN ICER-ETTE icemaker
Stove BROADWATER Schooner stainless steel four burner gas hob and oven
Hot water Hot Water - 35 litre stainless steel cylinder (removed 2022, wiring and plumbing remains in place)
Water maker Desalinator - Aqua-Base XD122 12v 50l/h unit (needs servicing)
Accomodation features


  • COURSEMASTER CM800 autopilot
  • RAYTHEON Pathfinder radar
  • ICOM M710 HF radio
  • PACTOR SCS PTC-11e modem
  • RAYTHEON RAY 55 VHF radio
  • EM-TRACK AIS Class B AIS transponder
  • B&G sailing instruments
  • HECTA depth sounder


  • 12 volt house bank is 400 amps (new 2022)
  • 12 volt engine battery is 140 amps (new 2022)
  • 12 volt genset battery is 60 amps (new 2022)
  • MASTERVOLT MASS COMBI 2500 watt100 amp charger / inverter
  • Battery management by XANTREX LINK 2000.
  • 240 Volt, shore power inlet and cabin outlets

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