We bought an IP40 2 years ago and sail primarily in western Lake Erie. Our previous boat was a Catalina 30
. Bought the IP to go cruising...starting next year...and wanted to have a couple of years of IP experience and preparation before leaving. On Lake Erie we sail mostly where the wind takes us but also do short cruises to the islands or nearby destinations. We are not racers, but we don't like to drift either.
From what I have read the IP40 is the fastest of the IP models, so some of the previous posts are correct in that it will depend on the model (but not that much). Our experience is that you can sail on average about half of the true wind speed up to 8 or 9 knots of boat speed. Anything under 7 knots of wind can be pretty slow especially if there is a lot of boat chop (very common in light winds on western Lake Erie). We have an asymetrical spinnaker
which can help as long as you have more than 5 knots to fill it. Where we sail we have more days of wind over 10 knots than under 10 and I have not considered our IP a bad choice for Lake Erie.
As you get wind speeds over 12 knots and especially over 15, the IP really performs well and will kick butt compared to the lighter boats. One previous poster is right on...they are excellent trade
Fin keeled boats can turn on a dime but the IP, with modified full keel
, takes at least 1.5 boat lengths to turn...not usually a big deal, but you need to keep that in mind. In reverse, the IP backs straight pretty much no matter what you do with the rudder
. In my experience, this is better than the way my Catalina
handled in reverse. You need a series of back and forth maneuvers to accommodate that or a bow thruster. Bottom line...she maneuvers very predictably.
IPs are very stable in a seaway (previous posts are correct), and the Great Lakes
can really see some nasty seas (I am sure you know), especially Lake Erie. The stability over the Catalina is remarkable.
The most striking difference in the 2 boats is the quality, storage
capacity, and the comfort of the cockpit
(excluding the price
). The IP is a high quality vessel and the amenities at anchor/docked are plentiful. In addition, there is a very strong IP community (on-line and off-line) along with great factory support, which has been a tremendous benefit when doing maintenance
, projects and getting parts
I really love the IP and would buy one again without any reservation.