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Old 02-10-2016, 15:58   #1
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IP Swing Keel

Now please don't start a war! We are looking at some Island Packet boats and find one in our price range. The thing is it has a swing keel. With no exposure to this type of boat I would like opinions. What is the consensus about IPs in general, and has anyone had any experience with an IP with a swing keel? We know these are very reliable boats and believe you get what you pay for, but would like to hear some more input. Thanks Y'all!
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Old 02-10-2016, 16:20   #2
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Re: IP Swing Keel

We purchased Cbreeze 11 years back and needed the reduced depth that a
CB version provided. I had a good friend that had a CB Grampian and he was always fussing with that system. After all this time the IP CB system has operated with no issues, reduces the leeway from about 10 to 5 degrees, and has allowed us to keep her behind our house. Only issue with us is bottom job time is you have to get the yard to let her hang in the slings to do any reasonable job of painting the board and trunk.

If draft is not an issue then might lean toward the standard version just for the simplicity of things, but we have no regrets.

Older IP are not without issues like any 20+ year ship. Chainplates and water tanks are the big dollar items.
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