Originally Posted by Dr. Moreau
My wife and I are planning a circumnavigation
in a few years and we have been focused on getting a larger boat, in the 37' to 42' range. This weekend we went boat shopping
and stumbled across a Island Packet
Your tastes and possibilities may change considerably in a few years.
My take is that if you are planning a circumnavigation
(of what? the globe?) then you should not need to ask whether this or that boat is good or not. As you know, the world has been sailed round in nearly anything and it is not the boat that does it, it is the sailor who sails
I have seen IPs in the West Indies (many) and (few) in the Pacific. I have talked to owners and they were all smiles and mostly thumbs up for their boats.
The rest is up to what you like or dislike and what kind of sailing you are going to do.
You will find an IP owners forum online so I guess they will tell you heaps about the cons and pros of any IP design.
BTW if you do mean the globe, then, all other things equal, I would opt for something slightly bigger - more comfort, better movement, better storage
and possibly also better safety
margin. No problem sailing the smaller boat though as much as you have every tried to cross and ocean in one and found it is for you.
Cheers, fair winds,