52' / 15.85m

Jacksonville , Florida , United States
Down Time
1978 Irwin 52 Ketch "Downtime" ***DO NOT LET HER AGE FOOL YOU. Re-fit in 2017*** **Like a Fine Wine she has gotten better with age & love** Turn-Key, Cruising Ready to say the least. Attention to detail is an understatement Recent Insurance Survey completed 8/2022 Including Rigging inspection
Fiberglass Hull
Vessel ID# 2794563
$189,900 USD
€176,331 Euros
CA$256,381 CAD
£152,945 GBP

1978 Irwin 52 Ketch "Downtime"

***DO NOT LET HER AGE FOOL YOU. Re-fit in 2017***

**Like a Fine Wine she has gotten better with age & love**

Turn-Key, Cruising Ready to say the least.

Attention to detail is an understatement

Recent Insurance Survey completed 8/2022 Including Rigging inspection.

Whether you are searching for a Bluewater capable cruiser, a Dock queen that will be all the rage in your harbor/marina, a live-aboard with ample space..... "Downtime" checks all the boxes and will surely be the envy of any harbor or marina she enters. This 1978 Irwin 52 "Downtime" Ketch will rival any of her newer/longer (Irwin 54) sister-ships with her upgrades and re-fit comparable to very few.

Stem to Stern Re-Fit completed in 2017 with constant attention to detail and maintenance since completed.  Every component of "Down Time's" build was reviewed and refurbished or replaced as needed.

If you are looking for an affordable, spacious cruising sailboat that has been brought to exceptional standards...Look no further!

Her specs are enviable.. Below are a few of her upgrades & notable maintenance: 

  • **Engine Oil, Trans Fluid & Racors changed on regular intervals per ships log**
  • New Uphoulstry & Foam throughout all soft goods 4/22
  • New Master Matteress 12/20
  • Oil, Transmission & Racors Changed 4/22
  • Generator 200 AMP Battery 4/22
  • Six new Group 31 batteries 10/21
  • Guest Head complete Remodel, Corian, sink, electro San & Head 2021
  • Bottom Paint 11/19
  • Awlgrip paint hull and deck 11/16
  • Re-wired 120v circuits
  • New 120v electrical panel
  • 12v wiring reviewed and addressed
  • New AIMS 2000 watt inverter 100 amp charger 2021
  • New dodger and bimini full enclosure
  • New Lofrans windlass
  • New stack pack with Lazy Jacks
  • New sail covers and genoa sacrificial
  • New hatch covers
  • New propane lines and manifolds
  • New aft 30 gallon holding tank
  • New heads 2017 & 2021
  • New countertops throughout 2017
  • New plumbing lines and fixtures throughout
  • LED lighting installed
  • New galley double sink
  • Norcold 12v/110v upright refrigerator
  • Top loading 12v BD 50 Freezer
  • Garmin GWS 10 wind and depth
  • Garmin HD radar
  • Garmin 741 SX chartplotter
  • New VHF with RAM mic and AIS
  • AIS on chartplotter
  • Raymarine EVO 400 autopilot
  • Yacht Thruster bow thruster
  • New membrane for custom 40 GPH watermaker


Contact us to day to schedule your personal showing, or for additional information.

Data Sheet
LOA 56' (16.97 meters)
Type sail
Year 1978
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Fiberglass

Engine 1

I D 130759
Hours Date 11-01-2022
Engine Make Perkins
Engine Model M/N 4.236
Engine Year 1978
Engine Type Inboard
Power HP 81.00
Power KW 60.40
Fuel Type Diesel
Hours 3600.00
Serial Number 2364-1664551

Generator 1

I D 8105
Generator Make Westerbeke
Generator Model 7.7 KW
Generator KW 7.70


For more information about this vessel, please contact David M. Messina.
We look forward to working with you!

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David M. Messina

Yacht Sales Specialist
13205 Gulf Blvd
Suite B
Madeira Beach Florida 33708 United States
Cell: 1-727-647-2262

David likes to joke that he was born on the water and was sailing before he could walk. There may be some proof to that as his father and business partner Lee has circulated photos around the office of David single handing the families “sailing dinghy” at a very young age.

As a youngster, he became a successful sailor at the Thames Yacht Club (TYC) in New London, Ct. As a member of the TYC’s competitive sailing team racing Lasers, Blue Jays & 420’s. Through the years, he’s competed in countless one-design regattas, Block Island Race week, Off Soundings and even competed in 420 Nationals, where some of the most feverish competition was always expected.

During the “summer season” David could always be found somewhere on the water running boats all over New England, fishing, sailing, diving. At the young age of 15, David and his father Lee sailed the families J30 from New England to the West Coast of Florida where they set roots.

After spending the better part of two decades in various Executive Management & Sales positions in the mortgage lending/servicing and Default Asset Management space. Most recently serving as VP of Operations/Vendor Management for a National Default Asset Management Company and previously serving as the C.O.O. of a national asset disposition firm managing R.E.O. Properties for the nation’s largest financial institutions. David decided it was time to return to his passion of the marine industry. 

With nearly 10 years of brokerage experience with some of Florida’s premier Yacht Sales Organizations, where he created the marketing and on-site display at Marina Jack, serving as the Edgewater Boats Product Line Manager. David also assisted with the Vicem & Marquis lines.  David & Lee decided it was time to build their own brand and formed Professional Yacht Sales International in September of 2018. 

David’s vast knowledge of both power and sailboaters’ needs gives our clients a comfort level that their best interests and Professional Representation are his primary concern. Regardless of which side of the transaction (buyer/seller/both) he is on, David brings his lifetime of experiences to every client relationship always putting the client’s needs first.

When he is not working (which is rarely) he is an avid boater, scuba diver & fisherman competing in local fishing tournaments.