Originally Posted by Jeff H
......... In the end, whether an Island Packet
makes sense for you all depends your priorities ...............
Jeff's extensive post concerning the Island Packet
is quite similar in content and length to his evaluation of my own Morgan
on an earlier thread. Since I've noticed the specs for the IP 38 are almost identical to my Morgan
41, this seems reasonable and could be applied to the Westsail or the CSY
and others. It does seem obvious to me that, "In the end,...it depends on your priorities." I've owned a fin keeled Sparkman & Stephens boat with light air performance and much like the boats that Jeff H would favor and I recognize their advantages just as I recognize the advantages of the heavy, long-keeled, beamy, "trucks". I do have choices that are dramatically opposed to Jeff's. When he sees the full keel
grounding as hopelessly "homesteading", I see it as presenting a gentle profile easing upon the grounding as opposed to the harsh strike of the fin or the anchoring
of the winged keel
. This one difference in intrepretation continues through many design differences. I regognize weaknesses in my boats design. I don't like the vulnerable position of my hull-deck joint. I prefer the more robust portlights
on the Island Packets as well as their Divinylcell deck core
instead of my balsa. If you refuse to recognize the lesser qualities of your own boat, then they are more likely to cause you harm. As Jeff says, those of us on our slower boats will have to plan a bigger window for a passage
and, as also said, we can go gunkholing across the flats like Bayside in the Florida Keys
. I absolutely am in agreement with Jeff's long post and his summary thought that it depends on your priorities!
Edit: I thought of removing my comment after realizing that I was responding to a ten year old post revived just a few comments above, but I decided that, although the origins are old, the thoughts are not dated.