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Old 26-04-2010, 09:41   #1
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Island Packet 350 what to look for

Wife and I are narrowing the choices for a new boat and a couple of IP 350s are in the lead. We are looking at the 1997-2005 age range and would like some insight about things to look for that are typical fault points/weaknesses or things to consider for the 350.

As always, general recommendations and/or comments are also welcome.

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Old 26-04-2010, 12:01   #2
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we chartered a 350 and thought the galley was too small compared to the 35. i read that you will need to remove the floors to replace any tanks. the IP chainplates are embedded in FG and not accessible for maintenance.
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Gonesail's right. The chainplates are embedded, but have weep holes. Any stains on the inside of the hull, or rusty water dripping out will give you a clue as to whether the owner(s) rebedded the chainplates at the deck exit on a regular basis. I think the whole layout of the 350 is a bit crowded, but that's just opinion, and easy for you to figure out for yourself. If you can swing it financially, the additional room in the 380 makes the boat a lot more livable for long-term cruising, in my opinion.
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