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Meander54' Irwin 52 1987

$ 149,000

The Ted Irwin designed 52 Ketch was one of the early deck saloon cruisers, setting a trend that remains popular today. With over 250 hulls launched between 1976 and 1987, this solid cruiser remains popular with couples, families, and liveaboards.

The Irwin 52 was considered a trend-setting yacht when they were introduced. Ted Irwin was one of the first to introduce a deck-saloon cruiser, and the 52 may remain one of the most popular 50-foot-plus production boats ever. 

The beamy ketch-rigged 52 offers motor yacht-like interior accommodations, with a spacious cockpit, wide bulwarks and wide side decks for safety, and is capable of good performance under sail or power.

Meander offers a comfortable three cabin layout with a very roomy main salon, comfortable master stateroom aft with island queen and two staterooms forward. Plenty of space for family and guests, with 6’6” headroom throughout.

Upgrades Since 2020

  • New Hull Paint – Awlcraft 2000 “Kingston Gray” (Aug 2022)
  • 40 gal/hr Water Maker
  • Battle Born Battery Upgrade 700 ah with remaining warranty
  • Balmar High Output Alternator Replaced
  • Victron 3000w Inverter
  • Victron 150/100 Solar Controller
  • 1200w lg Solar Panels
  • Custom Solar Arch and Swim Platform
  • Solid Top Rail
  • Resealed Stanchions
  • Bottom Paint - 2022
  • Microwave

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by David Walters Yachts. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


  • Price USD:$ 149,000
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  • Location:

    Annapolis, Maryland, United States

  • Type:

    Sail Yacht

  • LOA: 52 ft in
  • Display Length: 54 ft
  • Beam: 15' 5"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 480 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 300 gals
  • Engine Details: Perkins 4-236
  • Engine 1: 85.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:

On Deck

Wide side decks provide safe and convenient maneuverability, while the large U-shaped cockpit provides comfort and convenience. The added Captain's perch seat will be everyone’s favorite!

  • Stern Mounted Aluminum Radar Arch with Solar Panel Mount
  • Large Swim Platform
  • Swim Ladder
  • Stanchion Resealed in 2020
  • Mantus 105 with Swivel
  • Claw Anchor
  • Lewmar Electric Windless
  • Life Raft
  • 3 large Deck Boxes
  • Stern Captain’s Perch Seat
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • (2) Aft Pulpit Corner Jump Seats
  • Aft Mounted Magna Stainless Steel Grill
  • Bimini and Dodger
  • Top Life 1-inch Stainless-Steel Tube all around
  • Full Cockpit Enclosure New in 2023
  • Topside professionally redone with Awlcraft 2000 Paint in 2022
  • 6-Person Life Raft with current certification
  • Aft Deck Mounted Rocket Launcher Rod Holder
  • Main Mast Mounted Spreader Lights
  • (2) Underwater Lights
  • 50 ft 50 Amp Shore Cable
  • (6) Fenders

Mast, Rigging, and Sails

  • Traditional Main Mast in Enamel Coated Aluminum
  • 2 Main Mast Spreaders
  • Main Mast Stack Pack
  • Mast Height 67 feet
  • Mizzen Mast in Enamel Coated Aluminum
  • Full Batten Mainsail
  • Headsail 130% with UV Strip
  • (2) Spinnakers
  • Primary Barlow 32 Self-Tailing Winches (2)
  • Deck Winch 32 Barlow Self-Tailing (1)

Interior Accomodations and Layout

Five easy companionway steps from the cockpit you’ll find the Main Salon and three stateroom layout featuring two forward cabins and spacious master cabin aft. I’m often reluctant to use the word cavernous in describing a sailboat salon, but the Irwin 52 earns the title. The interior, with teak and holly flooring, is both welcoming and attractive. The comfortable living quarters of the salon feature an L-shaped settee to starboard, followed by the breakfast bar offering convenient access to the U-shaped galley. To port you’ll find the L-shaped convertible dinette and a proper navigation station with a top opening chart table, built in electronics and stereo system. The salon offers plenty of storage throughout including a pantry, lockers, storage under settees, shelves and counter space.

Starboard of the companionway you’ll find the galley area and breakfast bar. The U-shaped galley is one step down and features a large double stainless-steel sink, ample refrigerator and freezer capacity for extended voyages, lots of storage and cabinet space with plenty of counter prep area.

To the port of the companionway a passageway leads to the large master stateroom featuring a comfortable centerline queen berth, an L-shaped dressing settee with aft-bulkhead mirror and overhead spotlights. The master stateroom also provides abundant natural light, with plenty of storage in drawers, two hanging closets, lockers, and shelves. The ensuite head includes a vanity with a sink and manual head.


Starboard of the companionway you’ll find the galley area and breakfast bar. The U-shaped galley is one step down and features a large double stainless-steel sink, ample refrigerator, and freezer capacity for extended voyages, lots of storage and cabinet space with plenty of counter prep area.

  • Stainless-steel Force 10 (3) Burner Propane Stove
  • Sea Frost Refrigerator 9.2 cubic feet
  • Sea Frost Freezer 9.5 cubic feet
  • Sea Pro 40 gal/hr Watermaker (less than 40 hours)
  • Deep Stainless-Steel Double Sinks
  • Abundant storage and cabinets
  • Insulated ice chest dockside water system
  • Large, convenient pantry storage
  • 15 Gallon hot water system
  • (2)Bulkhead Mounted 12VDC Fans
  • (3) Dometic A/C Unjits – (1) 15,000 btu (2) 9000 btu
  • Vizio 23” Flat Panel TV
  • Fusion MS-RA70 AM/FM/BT Stereo
  • (1) Bulkhead Mounted Weems & Plath Clock
  • (1) Bulkhead Mounted Weems & Plath Barometer

Navigation and Electronics

All Navigation and Electronic equipment are easily accessible at the port side navigation station just aft of the main salon. The large navigation station also functions as a workshop with easy access to Water Maker for regular maintenance.


  • Icom M424g Internal GPS VHF with Command Mic IV at Helm
  • Garmin AIS800 tied to Charplotter
  • Garmin 4200 Color Chartplotter
  • Garmin GPS Map 1243xsv Touchscreen Chartplotter
  • Garmin GMR Fantom 18 36 Mile Radar
  • Raymarine ST 607 Wind
  • Raymarine Smartpilot ST6002
  • Autohelm 7000 Autopilot
  • R.A.M. VHF I-Com
  • Navigation Station
  • Icom Command Mic III
  • (2) EPIRB
  • Garmin GPS Map 5457 at the Navigation Station
  • Garmin GXM 54 Sirius Receiver/Antenna
  • AIS Receiver

Tankage and Plumbing

  •  SeaWater Pro 40 Gal/Hr Water Maker (pickled)
  • 350 Gallon Freshwater Capacity
  • 300 Gallon Fuel Capacity
  • 60 Gallon Holding Capacity

Electrical System

  • Victron Energy Smart Solar MPPT IDSOI 100-TR Charge Controller
  • 1200 volts solar panels
  • Victron Energy MultiPlus 120/3000VA/120A Charger/Inverter
  • Tricolor LED
  • MASE Generator 7.8
  • Batteries (7) 12 volt 100 amp hr Battle Born House Bank with remaining warranty.
  • ProMariner ProSport 20 Battery Charger
  • Prosine 2.0 Inverter/Charger Controller
  • Balmar MC-614 Multi-Stage 12V Regulator
  • New Starter (April 2024)

Safety Equipment

  • Six Person Life Raft with current certification

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.


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