S/V Waterdancer

1989 Irwin MKII Center Cockpit  Wing Keel  for Sale
Located in Winthrop, MA
Asking $90,000 Turnkey condition See details below.

email: SailNomad@gmail.com
Phone: 617-510-7286
(Local sales within Northeast USA only)

Waterdancer at worlds End

S/V Waterdancer has been our life, our home for 10 years.
She has served us reliably from the first day we bought her and never let us down.
Her sea punching power with the 66HP Turbo Yanmar has ensured that we always reached our destination.
She accomodates 9 sleeping berths and is a very comfortable sailor.


Photo Album

Movie of a quiet sail

Sailing down Mass Bay

She was the last of her generation before Irwin closed up shop and they put all the wisdom of a safe, sea worthy comfortable boat into her design. 
Her Wing keel ensures smooth and fast sailing and motoring, and in a punch we have been able to motorsail 8.5 knots to safe harbors without any problems.
Because I singlehand a lot I had New England Bow Thruster professionally install a thruster. They are always available should there a need arise for servicing
 A inboard Cetrex Auto Pilot keeps her on track so we do mostly hands-off sailing.

The Trusty Generator has kept us warm and cold should we decide to anchor in some extreme conditions, although plenty of hatches usually provide us with plenty of venting,
and the inverter with its separate battery keep fans running all night.

Unfortunately nothing lasts for ever. A sudden illness has forced us to sell her to offset the cost of moving to land. 
She is in mechanically near perfect condition, and I am planning to sell her turn-key ready to move on to new adventures.


This is not a bargain quick sale. I am offering Waterdancer at $90,000 in turnkey condition fully varnished and cleaned. It will take some time over the summer to finish the warnishing. If the potential owner is interested in purchasing a boat sooner, I will give a fair discount for the cleanup work.

Unfortunately due to my health reasons I have not been able to arrange to make the boat sale ready, and as everybody knows, there is always something to be fixed.

  • Should there be any malfunctions I am willing to discount the price based on estimated professional repair work by a agreed upon reputable boatyard.
  • I had a new custom expensive dodger installed this season (see below).   
  • I will not accept a lowball offer, but give full discount on whatever cleanup an that needs to be done item by item to bring her to 100% condition.
  • She is already in very good shape. Everything is cosmetic and she is ready to sail for many more seasons as is.
  • She has no leaky hatches or portholes and is a very dry boat but needs warnishing and chaulking should be replaced.
  • She would be delivered with new bottom paint.

Below are most specifications:

LOA: 45 ft 6 in
Beam: 13 ft 7 in
LWL: 35 ft 6 in
Length on Deck: 42 ft 9 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 11 in
Displacement: 26000 lbs
Ballast: 8000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 58 ft 0 in
Dry Weight: 28000 lbs

Fully battened Mainsail
Furling Yankee Jib

Sail Configuration

Yanmar 4JH-HTE Turbo Diesel
Total Power: 66 HP 1600 Hours
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Top Speed: 8 knots
Cruising Speed: 6.8 knots

This is a very quiet vibration free engine that can be hard heard from the companionway
and provides for a very quiet passage during windless days. Click for details

Click to go to specs

VHF in cabin and cockpit
Raytheon C80 Radar/Chartplotter
Binnacle Compass
Cetrex Autopilot
Lewmar Bowtruster (newer model in link)
New England Bow Thruster

Fresh Water Tanks: (200 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Aluminum (105 Gallons)
Holding Tanks:2 x 25 Gallons (est)

Accommodations (9 berths):
Number of single berths: 3
Number of double berths: 3
Number of cabins: 3
2 Electric Marine Heads and showers.


Inside Equipment
Dual Battery chargers
6 gallon Hot Water Heater

2 Air conditioning Systems,
16K and 12K BTU with 
Reverse Cycle Heating

3KW Auxilliary Inverter
Temporary mount solar panels, 120 Watt
7 KW Yanmar 3GM Kohler Generator

Recent Lifeline GPL-8DL
Recent Lifeline GPL-2400T 

Outside Equipment/Extras:
Swim Ladder
Outboard engine brackets
Dingy Davits
Garhauer Lift
Dock Box
Large Engel Cooler
Cockpit table

More Inside Equipment
Electric Bilge Pump
Manual Bilge Pump
Sump Pump
2 x 30 amps SmartPlug Shore power inlets with thermostat

Rocna 25Kg Anchor with 180 ft of BBB chain
16 lbs Fortress day hook with 30 ft of BBB chain

Rockna ANchorForteww Day hook

Lofrans Tiger Electric windlass


New Custom Designed Dodger with Removable Panels and Shades 

1 inch stainless steel frame, lifetime 
warranty on Tanara Gore Thread
A grab bar provides safety and keeps
dodger clean

Dodger Windows are 0.30 mil StrataGlass,
all zippered, no rolling and creasing

Each panel is independently removable,
so we have ideal cooling and protection
in the cockpit.

White Window shade covers provide
full protection on sunny days but are
see through.