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Old 07-01-2013, 08:18   #61
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Re: Are Island Packets Really That Slow?

I will. My decision so far is to keep Island Packets in the mix of boats to look at. Could be the right thing for me, but looking at other options too. Many thanks.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:27   #62
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I will. My decision so far is to keep Island Packets in the mix of boats to look at. Could be the right thing for me, but looking at other options too. Many thanks.
If.you think an IP is in your future, take the time to tour the factory, I did and was really impressed even thou I.chose a different boat.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:34   #63
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If.you think an IP is in your future, take the time to tour the factory, I did and was really impressed even thou I.chose a different boat.
When I asked last Feb, the factory told me they don't do tours any more. It was a bummer since we were in the area and really wanted to see it. Hopefully they will go back to giving tours.
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They are well built boats, for a production boat. But I hate color matching them, and doing it many times has caused me to hate that color. They call it "sand" or "ivory", but it just looks like a hideous yellow-pink to me. Don't know why they persist in their "signature color", it's fugly. And hard to match.


Business Magazine | BABM | Coverstory |Bob Johonson: A Humble Industry Leader … Island Packet Yachts
I was told, by an IP dealer, that the fugly color helps prevent sun blindness in the tropics. He said a white deck is really bright. I should have asked why don't they just put teak decks on them.
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They are well built boats, for a production boat. But I hate color matching them, and doing it many times has caused me to hate that color. They call it "sand" or "ivory", but it just looks like a hideous yellow-pink to me. Don't know why they persist in their "signature color", it's fugly. And hard to match.

Business Magazine | BABM | Coverstory |Bob Johonson: A Humble Industry Leader … Island Packet Yachts
My IP thinks you are ugly too.
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I was told, by an IP dealer, that the fugly color helps prevent sun blindness in the tropics. He said a white deck is really bright. I should have asked why don't they just put teak decks on them.

Huh, I always thought that the color was the result of a flame-retardant that was put into the GRP mix, but I am probably wrong.
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We are in the market for a blue-water cruiser around 40 feet long. I really like the build quality and engineering of 95% of the boat. The ballast/displacement ratio of these boats is misleading because the ballast is located fairly high. The aluminum fuel tanks are a headache just waiting to happen. For some reason most IP's have the bunks sitting at weird angles and shapes. The full keel is great for impersonating a catamaran but hurts handling. The helm seat is just not comfortable to me. I do not want the complications of an in-mast furler. I have only sailed an IP once (380) but there are too many idiosyncrasies for me. That being said, 99% of all IP owners are rabid fans and get great factory support. There is a leftover 2009 (new) IP460 for sale and discounted to $390K with a full factory warranty. If they had a leftover 38 for the same % discount I would strongly consider it.
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I was told, by an IP dealer, that the fugly color helps prevent sun blindness in the tropics. He said a white deck is really bright. I should have asked why don't they just put teak decks on them.
Same here! I go with Interlux Seattle Gray. Can't stand white. One can go snow blind.
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The aluminum fuel tanks are a headache just waiting to happen.
What's wrong with alum. fuel tanks?
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Apparently new color at Island Packet. Their new 7ft draft ( 5ft option ) fin keeled Blue Jacket

Looks like their traditional clientele in the rendering too. Nice hat.
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Same here! I go with Interlux Seattle Gray. Can't stand white. One can go snow blind.
A grey named after Seattle. Yeah that's fitting.
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A grey named after Seattle. Yeah that's fitting.

Sure is. It's been part of my color scheme on three boats now, just getting ready to paint the fourth. I like two-tone grey decks, Seattle Grey and Whisper Grey. Beats the hell out of biege, IMHO.
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I'm with you minaret. I much prefer greys to whites and beiges and blues and such. It's hard to create an ugly tint of grey.
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They also seem to have anchoring issues, dunno if it's the boat or the standard of their crews, but at St Mary's GA 2012 thanksgiving, the IPs, of which there were 7 or so, had to re-anchor at least once a day.

IMHO they have a poor RAF too.
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What's wrong with alum. fuel tanks?
Lots of owners getting leaks in the fuel and especially water tanks. There have been a few articles in Practical Sailor and other mags detailing the problems. The big one is when you use chlorine to clean your water tank. From what I have read the tanks are not easily removable, lots of pain and suffering involved.
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