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1989 Irwin 52

  • 52 ft
  • Cutter
  • Westbrook, CT, US

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The KITTYHAWK is certainly one of the best examples of this popular IRWIN 52 Center Cockpit to be available for quite some time. She's the "52-4" version of this model that that made her market debut in the '88-'89 timeframe. The IRWIN 52 was first introduced in the later 1970's and was built through the early 1990's. With a reported "over 250" IRWIN 52's produced, it's been noted that this Ted Irwin design is probably the most prolific "larger sailboat" (over 50') ever manufactured!

Configured as a cutter and having the preferred Tall Rig along with roller-furling for both the mainsail and the genoa, the KITTYHAWK is a very easy yacht to operate by a cruising couple or light crew. The easy-to-manage center cockpit design and the superb (3) stateroom layout, combined with the outstanding interior as enhanced by the large Salon portlights, made the IRWIN 52 a top seller ever since her market debut. As an included feature, her sailing performance is also quite good as many Owners and crew have discovered .. and reported .. over the years. 

The KITTYHAWK has benefited from her Ownership for the past (19) years with a now-retired airline captain who knows what he's doing with their yacht and her systems. Combined with her previous "fresh water boat" usage history, the KITTYHAWK has been maintained & equipped to a high standard and a review of the complete inventory of this well-found yacht will indicate.  She's not only ready to go anywhere .. but she wants for nothing either! 

As the Owner's retirement plans have changed, and after some (19) years with the KITTYHAWK, they've opted to sell her. Given the qualifications of this yacht, anyone who is seriously "in the market" for this sort of presentation should have a look. Appointments for viewings are encouraged for those clients who find the KITTYHAWK concept to be appealing and thereby ideal for their cruising plans. 



Basic Information

Westbrook, CT, US
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Dimensions & Weight

52 ft - 15.85 meter
15 ft 4 in - 4.67 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 6 in - 1.68 meter
Bridge Clearance:
73 ft - 22.25 meter
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4JHTDE (4) Cylinder FWC
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Fuel Type:
77 (Individual), 77 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
340 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
480 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
32 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Manufacturer Provided Description

"The Irwin 52 is long on value and loaded with standard features. On deck there's a spacious walk-in cockpit, a roller furling headstay, thoughtfully-located hardware and much more. Below-deck systems have been analyzed and located for easy accessibility. The opulent main salon is airy and open, featuring two large comfortable L-shaped settees; a custom teak high-low dining table; a large liquor locker (with optional wetbar and ice maker); and a breakfast bar with an upholstered, swiveling captain's chair. The elaborate navigation station has ample chart and instrument space and another captain's chair. The galley is a gourmet's delight, with a tremendous amount of space for food preparation. Opposite the galley is a utility room with a pantry for additional food storage. The master stateroom has a full queen-sized berth, settee, and private head with a tub and shower stall. The forward guest stateroom also has a queen-sized centerline berth with a settee, and a private entrance to the day head with its tub and shower stall. The guest stateroom has upper and lower single berths. The tasteful use of richly varnished teak combined with coordinated mica colors provides a feeling of spacious elegance. A smooth 77-horsepower diesel auxiliary will push the Irwin 52 along quietly when desired. Generous water and fuel capacity means long trips are possible without frequent stopping." 

Hull, Deck & Cockpit


  • White AWLGRIP topsides finish (2014)
  • Dark Green AWLGRIP Boot-Tops & Sheer Stripes (2014)
  • Green bottom paint (2017)
  • Modified "cutaway" keel performance underbody
  • Skeg-supported rudder w/ stainless steel rudder post
  • Lead ballast (bolted-on)
  • Keel faired (2010)
  • Deck / Hull Joint @ internal deck flange 
  • Hull rubrail, molded in w/ stainless steel striker plates 


The KITTYHAWK was produced with a custom "Hardtop", fiberglass & stainless steel, to facilitate the full enclosure of the Cockpit.

Note: All winches, cleats & stanchions are through-bolted.w/ backing plates

  • White Gelcoat surfaces
  • Bowsprit w/ stainless steel Bobstay, double anchor rollers, polished chafe plate & teak grating
  • (6) 10" Mooring cleats
  • (4) Chocks on bow and amidships
  • Outboard genoa tracks
  • Bow pulpit, double-rail, stainless steel
  • Stern rail, double-rail w/ gate, stainless steel 
  • Lifelines, upper & lower w/ stanchions, stainless steel
  • (2) Boarding Gates, port & starboard w/ upper & lower lifelines
  • (9) Deck hatches, opening
  • (15) Ports, opening (total) w/ screens
  • (4) Portights in Salon, large, tinted & w/ tempered glass
  • (2) Hatches, opening, tinted Plexi in Salon
  • (2) Ports, opening, tinted Plexi in Salon
  • (4) Teak handrails on deck 
  • Teak caps for toerails & Cockpit coamings
  • (2) Lazarette large storage lockers aft; (1) for (2) 20# Propane gas bottles & (1) 60 cu / ft for miscellaneous gear 


  • Hardtop; custom fiberglass w/ stainless steel supports  
  • Full Cockpit Enclosure w/ STRATOGLASS clear vinyl sections
  • Cockpit coaming lockers
  • Storage lockers in Cockpit under seats, port & starboard
  • Companionway entrance, teak bi-fold doors & sliding hatch, tinted Plexi
  • Wheel steering;  fiberglass binnacle w/ 36" diameter wheel, brake & single-lever engine shift & throttle control & stainless steel binnacle guard (note: see "Systems" for steering system improvements
  • Emergency tiller
  • Teak drink holder
  • Captain's Helm Seat
  • Cockpit Table, custom teak double-leaves, folding
Rig, Rigging, Winches, Sails

The KITTYHAWK has the Factory Optional "Tall Rig" as provided with the IRWIN model "52-4" series as introduced in 1988. The "I" dimension for the Tall Rig is approximately 3' greater than the "Standard Rig" cutter configuration. As a direct result, the yachts' light air performance is greatly enhanced with this upgrade. 

The mast & boom are aluminum and the mast is keel-stepped. The mast has a double set of spreaders. The halyards are internal

Dimensions (IRWIN 52-4):  I=66.83', J=24.97', P=56.42', E=20.75'

Sail Area (100% Foretriangle & Main):  1,419,73 sq / ft

  • Cutter Rig
  • Staysail w/ removable inner-forestay (note: stows aft by the mast)
  • Standing rigging 1x19 stainless steel wire (note: all "upper shrouds" replaced in 2013 & w/ a "plus 1x size" upgrade
  • Rig w/ outboard chainplates, forward & aft lowers, main shrouds, forestay & backstay
  • (5) Steps on mast, aluminum, folding (note: for access to first set of spreaders & radar installation) 
  • Flag halyards to spreaders & masthead

Sail Handling

  • Roller-Furling for the Mainsail & Genoa by SCHAFER
  • Staysail is hanked-on 
  • GARHAUER Boom Vang, rigid spring / oil type (note: "oversized" unit)
  • GARHAUER custom double turning blocks aft w/ jam cleats
  • SAILTEC Backstay Adjuster, hydraulic 
  • Mainsheet control, 6:1 w/ deck track
  • Running backstays w/ deck-mounted blocks (note: the runners are for heavy-weather use or when using the staysail in similar conditions)
  • Genoa tracks & blocks (note: mounted outboard on toerail)
  • Staysail tracks & blocks (note: mounted on coachroof
  • Halyards; genoa, mainsail, staysail & spinnaker
  • Boom topping lift
  • (7) Halyard & line jammers; (5) in Cockpit for Main Outhaul & Main Furler & Staysail (+ spare, starboard side) & Staysail & Mainsheet & Genoa Furler (port side) and (2) on mast for halyards 
  • SPARTITE mast collar

Winches (BARIENT)

  • (2) B36 STCE self-tailing chrome electric (2) speed Primary / Genoa sheet (note: all lines to include mainsheet, halyards, furling etc can be led to one of these winches)
  • (1) B27/45 STC self-tailing chrome (2) speed mainsheet
  • (2) B21 STC self-tailing chrome (2) speed main & jib halyard 


  • Mainsail, EVOLUTION "Cross-Weave" straight cross-cut dacron w/ Tabling Cover (note: has SCHAFER 3000 furling w/ control lines led aft to Cockpit
  • Staysail, KAPPA SAILS, dacron (hanked-on) 
  • Genoa. EVOLUTION w/ SCHAFER furler, 140% w/ Cross-Weave" tri-radial cut dacron w/ Tabling Cover (note: new, 2016)
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker, .75 oz nylon w/ ATN Dousing Sock 

The KITTYHAWK has the IRWIN 52-4 (3) Stateroom layout with (2) Heads. This newer 1989 "52-4" version also has the "Queen Berth Aft" feature. 

  • Varnished teak interipr joinery
  • Teak & Holly Cabin Sole
  • Custom carpet, beige, for protecting Cabin Sole areas
  • Dark Blue fabric upholstery for Salon & Guest Cabin
  • (2) "L" shaped settees in Salon
  • Teak "Hi-Low" custom Dinette table
  • Breakfast bar w/ chairs 
  • Custom bedding for Fore & Aft Cabin berths
  • Queen centerline berth for the Aft Cabin
  • Large double centerline berth for Fore Cabin
  • Ensuite Heads for both Staterooms
  • Crew's Cabin w/ over-under berths w/ lee cloths
  • Utility / Work / Pantry Room opposite the Galley (note: this is where the washer-dryer combo unit is installed

Nav Station

  • Captain's chair, upholstered
  • "Lift-top" Nav table
  • both 12 VDC & 115 VAC electrical panels
  • 2nd RAYMARINE Autohelm 7000 control unit
  • VHF / SSB


  • UNIDEN 2nd VHF w/ GPS wireless remote at the Helm Station
  • ICOM Marine SSB & VHF multi-function radio (note: installed at Nav Station)


  • RAYMARINE C120 w/ 12" Display for Radar, Chart Plotter & GPS w/ MARPA Vessel Tracking
  • GARMIN 4000 for secondary 4kW Radar, Chart Plotter & GPS (note: GARMIN unit features switchable GPS sources and heading information employed with MARPA Vessel Tracking
  • RAYMARINE Radar, 2kW (note: radome mounted on the mast just above the 1st set of spreaders
  • Separate antennas for GPS & Radar units
  • RITCHIE Binnacle compass, PowerDamp, 5-1/2"


  • DATAMARINE Speed/Log, Depth & Wind (AWI / WS)
  • RAYMARINE I70 Series Multi-Function Repeater (note: new, 2016)


  • RAYMARINE Autohelm 7000 w/ Helm Station & Nav Station controller


  • TV, high-definition LCD
  • Stereo w/ speakers throughout




The KITTYWAKE has (2) Heads and they are ensuite with the Fore & Aft Cabins respectively.

  • (2) Marine Heads, electric
  • Fresh water flush for the Heads
  • Holding Tank Capacity:  32 USG 
  • Stall shower for each Head

The KITTYHAWK has the standard IRWIN 52 "U" shaped Galley.

  • Propane stove w/ oven & broiler, FORCE 10, gimbaled, stainless steel
  • Manual & electric propane gas shut-off's 
  • (2) Propane tanks, 20#, aluminum
  • PANASONIC Microwave oven
  • Galley sinks, double stainless steel w/ sprayer attachment
  • Refrigeration system w/ an ADLER-BARBOUR "Cold Machine" evaporator & a "Cold Machine" (2) holding plate system for the freezer; top & front loading access
  • Manual fresh water pump at Galley sink

The KITTYHAWK is powered by a YANMAR J4HTDE (4) cylinder fresh-water cooled marine diesel that's rated at 77 HP.

Per the Owner's records, this engine consumes just under (3) GPH at an indicated (8) knots cruising speed. 

  • Engine hours (approx):  3,500
  • Propeller:  J-PROP feathering bronze, (3) blade (note: the pitch can be adjusted externally but has not been modified since the installation a good number of years ago). 
  • Propeller Shaft:  1.5" stainless steel 
  • Fuel Capacity:  340 USG
  • (2) RACOR fuel filters, selectable 
  • Deck fills for fuel "Secure Fuel FIttings" (note: designed to prevent fuel spillage during fueling process)
  • Transmission:  KM4A w/ 3/3:1 ratio 
  • HALON fire extinguisher system for Engine Room spaces, automatic
  • Blower, 12 VDC

The KITTYHAWK hss a both a 12 VDC Ship's Service and 115 VAC Shore Power Systems.

The AC & DC Systems have have magnetic breakers on epoxy.

The Forward and House batteries can be inter-connected. 

  • Battery chargers;  (2) 40 AH units for the House / Utility Banks (note: w/ battery selection)
  • Battery Charger / Inverter:  for forward units (note: can also be charged via the generator
  • Batteries; the forward set of (3) AGM 12 VDC 105 AH (note: installed 2013) service the anchor windlass, the bow thruster and a 3kW Inverter 
  • Batteries, House;  (4) ROLLS 12 VDC L16 (700 AH total, installed 2012) House units 
  • Battery System is monitored via a LINK 2000 System
  • Battery charging also via a high-output DELCO 100 AH engine alternator (note: new, 2018)
  • BALMAR "Smart Regulator" (note: charge rate to 14.25 VDC vis 13.8 VDC
  • Shore Power:  (2) 30 AH cords, 50'
  • Outlets, 110 VAC: installed throughout and in all Staterooms


  • NORPRO 12.5 kW, diesel (note: new, 2001 & in lieu of standard 8 kW unit)
  • Hours (approx):  3,000
  • Blower, 110 VAC (note: operated when generator is running)
  • New cooling system heat exchanger (2015)


  • Bow Thruster, SLEIPNER "Side Power". 8 HP (note: new 2002, replaced the original 5 HP unit)
  • Steering;  modified system for quadrant wires w/ EDSON "IN / OUT" low friction sheaves w/ custom stainless steel support brackets (note: change made to alleviate cable run sharp angles & to smooth out the steering loads)


  • Fresh-water Capacity:  480 USG
  • Hot Water Heater:  15 USG, stainless steel 
  • Thru-hulls;  bronze / stainless steel ball valves on all thru-hull fittings


  • Bilge pump, elecgric / automatic
  • Bilge pump, manual
  • Sump pump (for showers)
  • Salt water wash-down pump (note: outlet located forward by the anchor windlass)


  • Reverse-Cycle Heat & Air-Conditioning:  (2) zones w/ 16 BTU units (note: the aft unit is new, 2018)


  • Washer / Dryer, over / under "combo" unit 

Lighting (exterior) 

  • Nav lights
  • Masthead light
  • Spreader lights
Additional Inventory

Ground Tackle

  • Electric windlass, 12 VDC, MAXWELL w/ vertical capstan 
  • Anchor, CQR plow, 75 lbs w/ 230' galvanized chain (note: windlass can be employed to docking & rafting purposes)
  • Anchor, FORTRESS FX55 (note: stored in Aft Lazarette Locker)


  • ACHILLES 10.5 w/ MERCURY 15 HP outboard motor
  • ATKINS & HOYLE davits, aluminum w/ stainless steel supports w/ electric power winches (note: designed to provide a 60-second launch capability)


  • Liferaft, (6) person (note:  stored under starboard Cockpit seat)
  • Rescue device,MOM9 one-person raft w/ an auto-inflate feature & tall pole w/ attached strobe light
  • Radar reflector (note: mounted on the mast above the 2nd set of spreaders)
  • (2) HALON fire extinguishers in Salon
  • (1) HALON fire extinguisher in Engine Room spaces 
  • USCG gear (PFD's etc)


  • Docklines & fenders
  • Deck gear box
  • Cleaning gear
  • Maintenance items


  • Personal effects
  • Artwork
  • Tools


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.customContactInformation

For more information regarding the KITTYHAWK, contact her Listing Broker, Randy Altemus of Brewer Yacht Sales, at cell '203 -512 0847" or by email at "raltemus(at)". 

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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(6840386)