1976 Irwin 42 | Soarsa Featured

Cadle Creek, Mayo, MD, USA


Saorsa is a 1976 Irwin center cockpit, cutter rigged ketch. She has 3 large cabins: A forward cabin with a large head/with a small tub and shower, the main cabin and galley, and a large aft cabin with its own head, with a shower too. Headroom is about 6’ 4” in the main cabin!  New cushions inside & out. The galley has ample storage, a single basin sink, ac/dc refrigerator, propane stove & microwave. The forward head has foot pump operated vacuum flush with macerator and 15 gallon holding tank; The aft head is a fully electric vacuum flush with macerator and 15 gallon holding tank. An 11 gallon hot water heater feeds  all sinks and showers and a new shower sump system helps to keep the bilge clean!

Recent Garmin instruments & 18” Radar added plus a Garmin Auto pilot (w’/ remote) are all connected with NMEA 2000; A rewired 24 breaker Blue Sea Systems electrical panel with several bus bars for easy maintenance has 8 AC and 16 DC breakers. LED Lighting throughout. A Standard Horizon GSX 6000 VHF with AIS reception also has a helm remote. Lots of USB charging ports in cabins; nav bench & Helm.

I have worked tirelessly rebuilding this wonderful Cruiser/live-aboard sailboat for 5 plus years.  Complete system rebuilds include wiring; plumbing; fuel; propane; rigging; steering and  safety equipment; thru hulls; mast support etc  have all be meticulously rebuilt and installed. Saorsa is a solid and spacious old girl with too any upgrades and improvements to mention here. She has been sailed from Maine to the FL Keys and back again and performed admirably and reliably. She has many years of life left to give the right blue water enthusiasts. Original or previously replaced equipment was inspected cleaned and tested to ensure safe and reliable operation. Invoices on larger upgrades and items such as rigging or the engine rebuild are available. Manuals and other detailed information is also available. As a reasonable buyer might expect, she will need work to make her your own and to finish cosmetic improvements, but for a 47 year old sailboat she is ready to sail to destinations near or far!

Saorsa is currently located in Edgewater MD on the hard and listed with a broker Contact Greg at www.grabbagsailboats.com .Launch is included.

Or, Please Contact Neil @ 603-436-0865 or at ntphoto61@gmail.com for additional details. Seller is motivated and offers are gladly accepted!


  • Seller havutndi
  • Manufacturer Irwin
  • Model 42 Center Cockpit Cutter Rigged ketch
  • Year 1976
  • Length 42 ft / 12.8 m
  • Beam 13.3 ft / 4.05 m
  • Draft 4.5 ft / 1.37 m
  • Displacement 31000 lbs / 14061.38 kg
  • Condition Good
  • Location Maryland, United States
  • Material: Fiberglass
  • Rigging: Ketch
  • Hull: Monohull
  • Keel: Long Keel
  • Sailboat Type: Cruiser
  • Covering(s): Bimini Top, Dodger, Mainsail Cover
  • Cabin Layout: Aft Cabin, Saloon, V-Berth
  • Fresh Water: 120 gallons / 454.25 kg
  • Holding Tank: 30 gallons / 113.56 kg
  • Fuel Capacity: 110 gallons / 416.4 kg
  • Engine Make: Perkins
  • Engine Model: 4.154
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Fuel Capacity: 110 gallons
  • Engine Hours: 685 hrs
  • Horsepower: 60 hp
  • Propulsion: Inboard
  • Steering: Single Wheel
  • # of Cabins: 3
  • # of Bathrooms: 2.0
  • Bathroom Layout: Bathroom With Shower, Toilet Vacuum


  • Outboard Motor
  • Autopilot
  • Chart Plotter
  • Compass
  • Depth Sounder
  • Garmin Autopilot
  • GPS
  • Nav Table
  • Radar
  • Radar Reflector
  • Speed/Depth/Wind
  • VHF Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Batteries (Marine)
  • Battery Charger
  • Electric Bilge Pump
  • Heating
  • Main Circut Breaker
  • Manual Bilge Pump
  • Shore Power
  • Solar Charger
  • Solar Panel(s)
  • 12v System
  • Antifouling
  • Bluetooth
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Dinghy
  • Pressurized Water
  • Pulpit
  • Radio
Rig / Sails
  • Head/Jib Sail
  • Furlingjib System
  • Genoa
  • Lazyjacks
  • Mainsail
  • Self Tailing Winches
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Toppping Lift
  • Whisker Pole
  • 3 Burner Stove
  • Freezer
  • Gas Stove
  • Gimbaled Stove
  • Grill
  • Hot and Cold Water
  • Ice Box
  • LED Lighting
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink
  • Water Pump
  • Cockpit Table
  • Cup Holders
  • Cushions
  • Deck Hatch
  • Mounted Grill
  • Speakers
  • Stereo
  • Swim Ladder
  • Dock Lines
  • Fenders
  • Fire Blanket
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gas Detectors
  • Life Buoys
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Lines
  • Life Raft
  • MOB Equipment
  • Radar Reflector
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Anchor
  • Anchor Chain
  • Backup Anchor
  • Delta Anchor
  • Electric Windlass
  • Plow Anchor

Additional Equipment


STEERING system rebuild 2021

New shaft seal log- 2020

Complete PLUMBING sys rebuild w original AL tank; + 40 psi var. pump -11 Gallon hot water heater2018

Sump system for AC condensate & Showers- 2020

Fuel Fill Line & Vent Lines- 2019

“COMPLETE” NEW STANDING RIGGING AND WITH ST ST TURNBUCKLES -2021 (Bob stay & staysail forestay not replaced but inspected by rigger; mizzen topping lift new in 2018;Staysail rig not installed)

St St life lines- 2018

New Mainsail Halyard ; Mizzen Halyard; Jib sheets; flag halyards; running back stay lines- 2021

2 primary winches replaced with lewmar #43 self tailing winches- 2018

Main; 1.5 Genoa; Mizzen; Staysail with boom (rigging not installed); rigged for spinnaker with pole

“Complete” Marine re-wiring with stranded tinned marine wire & Shrink connections 2017-2019; LED Lighting

Stereo & switched speakers-2-main cabin; 2-cockpit -2021

8 New AC Outlets & 110 AC Wiring; many New Breakers 


USB power outlets in each cabin & Cockpit- 2020

Shakespeare Jellyfish antenna with cell phone booster; wi- fi booster & GPS; 

NEW LED Nav lights 2019-2021

Standard Horizon Quantum GSX 6000 VHF with helm remote & AIS reception/ NMEA 2000- 2019

NMEA 2000 Backbone & System With Complete Garmin Electronics-18” HD Radar; wind; speed; depth; Radar & 942 XS Chartplotter

Garmin Autopilot with Reactor 40 mechanical retrofit system and Class B Drive unit and remote control tied to NMEA 2000 system installed to reinforced quadrant framework— 2020

MAXWELL HC10-8 Windlass WITH WINCH/helm & remote control- 2019

New Rocna Vulcan 44# Anchor -300’ rode and 30’ chain -2020

2- 200 watt flexible SOLAR panels each individually connected it’s own independent Renogy 30 amp controller-20

50’ 30 Amp shore power cable with misc attachments & 30 Amp ELCI breaker

Staysail Boom and Spinnaker Boom

4 Sails:Main; 1.5 Genoa; Mizzen & Staysil;(2)44# CQR anchors with rode/Chain;life jackets;Fire extinguishers. 

Misc flares; flare gun; fenders; lots of engine & misc.spares; 4 brnr stove w oven

10'Coastal inflatable RIB with 9.9 HP LEHR PROPANE OB 

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