I have owned Island Packets since 1991. I have sailed an IP27 from 1991-2001, then I bought an IP35 in 2001 and now I have sailed this 15,000 NM Maine
to Georgetown Bahamas
. I really like Island Packet Yachts.
This pulling of the helm
is due to the large rudder and the large prop. The prop wash tends to push water
more onto one side of the rudder than on the other. Depending on if it is a right handed or left handed prop. When we bought our 35, I replaced the helm with a more modern helm. The Edson
CD-I helm. This bolts directly in place of the old helm, and give a far better feel to the helm plus it gets rid of the drive shaft going into the seat.
If I were buying
an older IP with this older helm, this helm replacement would be one of the first items I would do. It really is not hard.
Here are my old photos of commissioning our IP35 back in 2001-2002. Click on EDSON
Bottom Line, an old IP today is a great value and I would not let this slight helm pull distract me from buying
a fantastic ocean sailing yacht. These boats are tanks
, sail well with 15-20 knots of wind
, and are very comfortable.
If you would like to focus on Island Packet Yachts, then I would also recommend that you look at THE ISLAND PACKET FACTORY SELECTED OFFICIAL OWNER'S WEB SITE HERE:
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