Great choice! Did you ever go to 'sailboatdata.com' to compare similar boats?
Gives you most information needed to compare among many boats.
I was in a similar situation as you some time ago and compared the Island Packet
( my favorite choice among the many others), with the Morgan Out Island
The OI 33 being very similar to the IP; very well built heavy hand laid hull
, roomier than most any other boat up to the 35's, draft
of less than 4 feet, long keel
with hung rudder
, comfortable motion at sea, large diesel
with hydraulic steering
and smooth transmission
, amazing storage
space, largest V-berth, simple sailing rig, easy maintenance
and to repair anything, wide uncluttered decks,....and a tremendous value at under $20k. The price
cost you pay is at resale time.
Most people repeat what they have heard...., that the Out Islands are slow and that they don't point well without actually trying them out.
OK, a bit slow compared to a very narrow fin keel racer
, ...yes, just a half of a knot
or so in light air or if trying to pinch the wind with older blown out sails
. The 50 HP diesel
will punch trough the slow goings to windward in a chop and charge the batteries and make for a hot shower
at the best spot at the anchorage while you wait for the others.
Compare the hull
dimensions of the very nice IP you just bought, even the IP35 and will see how similar they are, yet, people do not consider the Island Packets to be as slow as the Out Islands.
You made a very nice choice, and it's prettier too, with very good joinery below. Congratulations, be safe and enjoy it!!.