The author of this Irwin website is Gene Gammon. Years of working with Irwin Yacht & Marine, Ted Irwin, and the love of his work, led him to spend considerable time and effort to produce a source of information that would hopefully benefit the thousands of Irwin owners around the world. Gene Gammon became a source of Irwin information to original owners as well as subsequent owners, and with the popularity of the internet, Gene Gammon's name as a contact for information and data flourished. As an effort to make data instantly available to all, he created the Irwin Yachts website that could answer all the basic questions and carry on the Irwin tradition. The website should save the owners searching time and phone calls to him for the basic answers they seek, but he still likes to hear from Irwin sailors everywhere. It keeps him updated, and he loves passing on new ideas and meeting new friends.
In 1972, three years after returning from the US Army and Vietnam, Gene started his own business as Gulf Coast Catamarans in St. Petersburg, Florida. From 1972 to 1976 he sold, rented and serviced several brands of beach catamarans including: Sol Cat, Condor, Nacra, Kona Cat, Sizzler, Prindle, Tornado, and the G-Cat. In those 4 years he learned to sail, was three years Florida State Open Class Multi hull Champ, and designed and built the G-Cat.
Ted Irwin hired Gene in the spring of 1977 as their Irwin 52 Project Manager to supervise the sales, construction, commissioning and delivery of the Irwin 52s. During his first three years at Irwin, he delivered 48 Irwin 52s and took deposits on the first 8 planned Irwin 65 models. He also learned construction methods, the meaning of sailing in comfort, and the competition, such as Morgan, Endeavor, Gulfstar, Pearson, CT, Cheoy Lee and others in that size range. With the Irwin 52, he attended boat shows from Newport to Miami. He also arranged for Irwin Yacht to sponsor Irwin 52 Rendezvous in Antigua Race Week, entries in Suncoast Race Week, Key West to Cuba Race, and others. He had many happy owners, great memories and trophies.