Lady Rebel, an Irwin 52 for sale

by Ken Robertson

Lady Rebel is for sale!
A 1983 Irwin 52 centre cockpit ketch, our boat for 8 years and our home for 6. In that time she has completed almost 25,000 Nm, two trans-atlantics, a UK circumnavigation, an East and West Caribbean circumnavigation and cruised the Eastern US.

She underwent a major refit in 2007 ($300,000, supervised by Gene Gammon himself), and has been continually upgraded since (approx. $100,000 US) with many additional features. She is a fully functional, true bluewater boat, looking for her next adventure.

Our cruising plans are changing but we shall sail Lady Rebel to Florida this season should she not sell here in Rio Dulce, Guatemala (where she is ideally situated to navigate the Caribbean and/or Panama Canal to the Pacific and beyond). Here in Guatemala, she has had a complete hull, deck, masts and booms Awlgrip repaint.

Although originally built in 1983, Lady Rebel has the look of a more modern yacht after a complete rebuild and refurbishing that was completed in September of that same year. She had new floors, sinks and faucets, electric macerator heads, custom foam cushions, and 12V lighting. This model is a Series II with the spacious master stateroom aft with queen berth, two guest staterooms, three heads and roomy salon that is two steps up from the galley.

The first guest stateroom all the way forward features a large V-berth with drawer storage under, hanging locker, opening ports and overhead hatch. Just aft and to starboard is the guest head with washbasin, stall shower, and electric marine head. This doubles as wet gear and safe scuba tank storage. The second guest stateroom is aft and to port with upper and lower bunks with storage under, hanging locker, opening ports, and overhead hatch. The upper bunk can be lowered to form a sofa. There is an ensuite head with washbasin and manual marine toilet.

Up two steps is the main salon featuring all newly reupholstered cushions with custom foam, Levelour blinds and beautiful teak cabinetry that is evident throughout this yacht. There is L-shaped seating to port facing an expandable table and opposite to starboard is a U-shaped settee (with moveable bench infill to create an extra double berth) and entertainment center with AM/FM stereo, CD player/changer with four-zone surround sound. Storage is available above and under all settees.

The aft facing navigation station is located on the port side at the aft end of the salon, conveniently placed to the main companionway hatch. In addition to the lift top chart table, storage is below and outboard of the nav station and the electronics are readily accessible. The electrical panels are adjacent to the nav station and there is an abundance of light and ventilation provided by numerous ports, hatches and 12V lighting. Just aft of the nav station and down two steps on the aft is an upper bunk with large storage cabinets below and is currently used for a storage/workshop/beer fridge area.

The full width beam master stateroom aft features a queen berth offset to starboard with storage under and a comfortable L-shaped settee to port. There are two hanging lockers, drawer storage, two overhead hatches and several opening ports. The forward port quarter of this cabin is the ensuite head with vanity, sink, stall shower and electric marine toilet.

Please visit (and feel free to register) for more details, full specification photos, past and continued updates.
The toe rails are currently being sanded and Cetolled and woodwork revarnished. Photos to follow on completion.

Hull Type: Long fin keel with centreboard and rudder on full-length skeg
Rigging Type: Ketch
Length Overall: 52'0" (15.85m)
Waterline Length: 46'0" (14.0m)
Beam: 15'4" (4.67m)
Draft (Centreboard down): 12'4" (3.76m)
Draft (Centreboard up): 5'4" (1.62m)
Displacement: 44,500lb (20,185kg)
Construction: GRP (Fibreglass)
First Built: 1982
Last Built: 1988

Design Ratios:
Sail Area/Displacement: 14.5
Displacement/Length: 204
Comfort Ratio: 40.0
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