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Old 22-01-2013, 05:31   #136
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

Congrats, But try to get a IP 29 or 31 if at allpossible!,,, Geo,Former IP44 owner
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Old 22-01-2013, 06:37   #137
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

REPORTING BACK II: One other factor I forgot to mention: I decided to exclude all boats with deep drafts, since Lake Michigan has a low-water problem. For various reasons, the water level is way down and some harbors are literally having problems with depth and I do not want to rely on political decisions about dredging to be able to get my boat to slip. There was one boat I really liked, a Hunter, I think, but it had a nearly 6' draft. The IP27 has a 3'6" draft, long keel, which should work well in potentially shallow waters. That too was part of my decision. (georgetheleo: I would love an IP31, but just now that is out of my price range; if after some years I find it is all working, I can upsise to a larger boat).
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Old 22-01-2013, 09:35   #138
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

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REPORTING BACK II: One other factor I forgot to mention: I decided to exclude all boats with deep drafts, since Lake Michigan has a low-water problem. For various reasons, the water level is way down and some harbors are literally having problems with depth and I do not want to rely on political decisions about dredging to be able to get my boat to slip. There was one boat I really liked, a Hunter, I think, but it had a nearly 6' draft. The IP27 has a 3'6" draft, long keel, which should work well in potentially shallow waters. That too was part of my decision. (georgetheleo: I would love an IP31, but just now that is out of my price range; if after some years I find it is all working, I can upsise to a larger boat).
Yes and no! If you run a ground on a soft shoal you'll wish you had a fin keel. Full keels are harder to get off and W/O a tide to raise you back up it may become a problem. Just saying............
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Old 22-01-2013, 09:45   #139
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

This is more conjecture from someone without IP experience. We ran our IP aground more times than we can count in the backwaters of NJ and LIS. I can't tell you how glad we were that it was a solid long keel and not a wing keel that would grab like an anchor or a fin keel where we'd worry about it damaging the hull. You're assumption is correct - if you're gonna go aground, this is a good boat to do it in.
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:36   #140
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Yes and no! If you run a ground on a soft shoal you'll wish you had a fin keel. Full keels are harder to get off and W/O a tide to raise you back up it may become a problem. Just saying............

havent found this to be accurate. i learned in bheavy displacement gaff rigged...and i sail both fin/spade and deep full/enclosed rudder heavy displacement--- there is no problem sailing of fa soft grounding, and hard groundings ar e more easily kedged with full/protected than fin/spade. btdt both. no problem.

congrats on your purchase and smooth sailing!!
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Old 22-01-2013, 13:33   #141
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

That is so cool, csmith22! I have a feeling that you will LOVE your IP27. There are a couple of places where you can go to talk with other Packeteers:

IP Home Port
Island Packet Yacht Owners Association

When your purchase has been finalized, you can actually register your boat at Home Port and see the list of other IP27 owners.

Have fun!
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

The IP27 has a nice sloping forefoot, so if you run aground have crew run to very tip of the bow while you backdown ( motoring backwards the exact path you took to get aground ). Having two or three crew hugging on the bowsprit is a bit comical to watch but it works like a charm, if it doesnt you are good and stuck
Under sail is another story and totally depends on the situation, but still use crew weight to heel more and drop bow raise stern and rudder, along with mainsail if possible. Don't ask me how I know this
Have fun on the IP, she is a fine vessel!






It is crazy how much the water tables are down, we are landlocked in Austin right now and the big lake here, lake Travis is 50 FEET below full pool......crazy.

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Old 27-01-2013, 05:05   #143
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Congrats on your purchase and being an IP owner. I second the recommendation by angelfish. Those web sites are excellent resources.
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Old 27-01-2013, 09:01   #144
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

Congrats on your new boat.
My last boat was a Windsurfer so I could blow away anything but another Windsurfer. My Nonsuch is heavy displacement and very beamy like the IP.
Many sails on Lake Ontario have been single or double reefed with no one else out there so sailing the Great Lakes can be unpredictable.
After reading the whole thread here, it sounds like Nonsuch and IP's have many of the same qualities...roomy comfortable cabins, built like tanks, good resale value...I love my boat.
As the thread has brought up, learning how to sail a particular boat the way it sails the best is lots of trial and error that the Nonsuch is famous for. Don't heal past 15 degrees as she slows down after that and is more comfortable for the crew. Comfort should be a major consideration as being scared and wet is not my cup of tea. I am wondering if that would apply to the IP as it too is a beamy boat.
We also have our International Nonsuch Association that is a very helpful resource.
I do like looking at the Open ocean racing machines but who could afford one or sail it unless they were highly trained athletes. For me, it's about the voyage and speed is nice but not necessary any more. Windsurfing is great for the racing types that I no longer can include my as the athletic type.
Enjoy...
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REPORTING BACK II: One other factor I forgot to mention: I decided to exclude all boats with deep drafts, since Lake Michigan has a low-water problem. For various reasons, the water level is way down and some harbors are literally having problems with depth and I do not want to rely on political decisions about dredging to be able to get my boat to slip. There was one boat I really liked, a Hunter, I think, but it had a nearly 6' draft. The IP27 has a 3'6" draft, long keel, which should work well in potentially shallow waters. That too was part of my decision. (georgetheleo: I would love an IP31, but just now that is out of my price range; if after some years I find it is all working, I can upsise to a larger boat).
Enjoy your IP27, you have a fine boat. Your long keel and shoal draft will serve you well. You will sail and gunk hole when and where others fear to go.
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Old 27-01-2013, 16:03   #146
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

Don't worry about the speed and pointing ability of you IP27, my IP26MKI is likely slower and less weatherly than your 27. Especially after the centerboard fell out!
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