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Old 07-09-2008, 20:18   #1
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Island Packet Info

I have a need to get a sailboat. The boat that I've read about and like the looks of is an Island Packet 35-38. Would some of you fine, experienced folk care to play the "Devils Advocate" with me and tell me the faults of this boat. I would be sailing alone some of this time. I will be doing quite a bit of cruising, a little liveaboard, a lot of yo-ho-ho and some rum. Sixteen men on a dead man's chest and the such.

I intend to keep the boat in the Carolinas (cousin has a 700,000 dollar beachhouse real close.) She rents it out in the summer and she goes to Panama in the fall. I would have a land based home close to my boat. Spring maybe Florida, Bahamas and even further as my fear and common sense equal out.

I've sailed Hobie 16's from 1970 to 1974. Then I got a NACRA 5.8 (Quiet Storm)and still have it and sail regularly. The NACRA and I have been to the nationals on several occasions. Because of my beach cat experience I've had no trouble getting 24 foot monohulls to play with on in the Chesapeake bay. I've done extensive offshore sailing in my cousin's 26 foot Italian sloop (Gabbiano). I have intentionally entered high wind areas to increase my confidence, soil my BVD's, and to help me become one with an alien environment. I feel that I may be a seagoing transcendentalist. Walden pond be damned!

Any information on the boat and other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Apple stock was very good to me three years ago, two years ago, and again last year. That makes all this is possible.

I've read this forum every night since I joined and the level of information here is simply amazing. Love the search feature. Thanks guys and gals for your continued guidance.

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Old 08-09-2008, 10:50   #3
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Hi, Bill.

I've owned an IP380 for 6-1/2 years, and have found it to be a great boat. I'm not personally familiar with the 35-38 footers, but I think you can count on them being solidly built, comfortable, and good performers in a breeze.

Frankly the only negatives I have about our boat was that it doesn't point as high as some boats, and that it was slow sailing downwind in light air. The fix to the pointing issue is to motor sail if you need to get somewhere on a schedule. I fixed the latter problem with an asymmetric spinnaker in a sock that I can handle solo, and all is good now. These two characteristics are common to heavy displacement, full-keel boats.

The plus side of that trade-off is that these boats sail extremely well in 15 kts and above on a close reach around to a broad reach, and can handle just about any kind of weather offshore. I've seen up to Force 9 for 2-3 days at a time during offshore passages, and we were comfortable and dry.

Here's a link to a post I made in response to another member's question about Island Packets.

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Re: Island Packet Info

please tell me dear captains.I'm interested in what the real in fact the ceiling height on the island packet 27, my height is 6.1,I think it's important that would not hit my head,and go crouching, mainly from the galley and main saloon,a folding table.please tell me this boat will be comfortable for the height of the ceiling, and will be very uncomfortable because of the height of the ceiling? how much actual height,has anyone measured it,or maybe you, too, 6.1,and you first-person can tell you everything...I really like this boat and I really want it,know it and travel,but there is no way in the real world to see her and to check all details interested in me..thank you for your answers and guidance.God bless you
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Re: Island Packet Info

I'm only 5'10", but my Neighbor is well over 6" and he gets around in my IP38 better than he does in his Hatteras.
I do not know the height, but I'm sure that data is available.
All boats have weaknesses and strengths, weaknesses of an IP are aluminum tanks that take an act of God to replace, and chain plates that are also difficult to replace, cost $10 grand to have them done, but then they are good for 30+ yrs. I'd say off hand that any 35 or 38 is at an age where the chain plates need replacing. The newer 0 series of boats are smaller inside, meaning that a 380 and a 35 are pretty much the same boat inside, the extra length is in the sugar scoop.
IP's are high though, that sugar scoop would sure make getting in and out of the dinghy easier
Some of their strengths are you can't get a wet deck, they handle bad weather better than most and don't heel nearly as much as some others, I've never met an IP owner that had been "pooped" not saying its not possible, but it must be highly unlikely. My 38 if you get too much sail up and heel her over, it slows it down, the VMG is better with 10 to 15 degrees of heel.
They are not fast nor highly maneuverable, but you don't sweat bullets if you run aground in sand either, rocks of course or large waves nothing survives.
Helm position is horrible, but you get a nearly bullet proof direct rack and pinion steering system, and who spends much time behind the helm on a passage anyway?
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This article says headroom is 6'4"
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