Irwin Yacht Sales founder passes away

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Jim and Cherry Irwin

Jim and Cherry Irwin

Jim Irwin, the founder of Irwin Yacht Sales in Portland Ore., and a fixture of the yacht brokerage scene in the Pacific Northwest for decades, passed away on February 27.

Irwin was one of the longest running yacht brokers in the United States and had a significant impact on the marine industry. He had retired two years ago.

He founded Irwin Yacht Sales in Portland in 1963 and continued to be involved in boat sales through December 2017. Irwin was a dealer for many brands including Ocean Alexander, Sea Ray, Tollycraft, Carver and Wellcraft.

In addition to his company, Irwin helped found the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association and was a past president of the Northwest Marine Trades Association.

Irwin Yacht Sales continues in Seattle and Portland under the leadership of Matt Maynard, who was trained by Irwin.

Irwin is survived by his wife Cherry, Son JR, daughter Shawn, and four grandchildren. He will be honored by the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association March 14 from 4-6 PM at the Seattle Yacht club. All are welcome.


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