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Old 29-03-2015, 12:58   #1
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Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

I am searching for a cruiser and two boats being considered are:

2002 Island Packet 350 (37') and a 1990 Tayana 37 Pilothouse.

I have heard of some issues with the IP chain plates on some older models but can not find any information on the 2002 models. Does anyone have personal knowledge of chain plate issues on the model in question? Does anyone know of any issues I should be aware of on either boat?
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Old 30-03-2015, 19:31   #2
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Re: Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

Some IP s are good sailors-but not the 350 which is a stretched IP32. Its more a motor sailor and wont go upwind. I had a IP 44
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Re: Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

Our plans are to spend several years exploring the Kenai Fjords, Prince William Sound and then the Inside passage to Washington. A lot of that is more motoring than actual sailing and we are looking for a seaworthy, reliable boat that we will feel safe while cruising or at anchor when the winds howl over the top of the Glaciers, the fog rolls in and the water is cold and deep.
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Re: Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

Since 1997 Island Packet has improved the chain plate installation eliminating the cause of some chain plate failures.


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Some IP s are good sailors-but not the 350 which is a stretched IP32. Its more a motor sailor and wont go upwind. I had a IP 44
A couple IP 35's here in the North West go upwind just fine...they must be heavily modified?
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Re: Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

The big deal about IP chainplates is their difficulty to inspect / replace. They are glassed in and require furniture removal to get to them, once there, you might as well replace. If you plan on keeping the boat forever, I've heard that Titanium chainplates are not that much more expensive.
IF the chainplates are maintained, meaning the cover plate re-bedded occasionally, they last almost indefinitely I'm told.
The other Achilles heel of an IP is the aluminum tanks are difficult to replace. Mine are going on 28 yrs old, as far as I can tell they are in good condition, I'm in a quandary if I should replace them or not
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A couple IP 35's here in the North West go upwind just fine...they must be heavily modified?
I think the 350 is very similar to a IP 32 and a 380, very similar to a 35, that quasi sugar scoop counts of course
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Re: Island Packet Chainplates - 2002 350

You do not want ANY trouble with chain-plates when cruising in rough or iffy locations. If in doubt, hack into the system, remove, inspect, reinstall (or replace, if necessary).

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