One of the more encouraging reason's I registered with the Cruiser World Forum is to discuss sailing and I see there is an old stream referencing the Island Trader Ketch vessels and I wonder about the negative comments and how justified they are when in general most boats have similar issues when age creeps in.
However when it comes to sailing I have enjoyed sailing the Island Trader Ketch 37" for a couple years. if you want a faster boat you can always find one. It is a grim feeling to sail side by side another vessel and continue to fall back as time goes on. I agree but
Island Traders I find sail just fine with a steady 6 plus knot
breeze. in fact it is the heavier winds 15 knots or more I experience the misfortune of not keeping up.
I sailed from Mobile to St Petersburg cutting across the golf on a couple occasions with the Island Trader and in some serious weather
conditions through out the night, I experience a solid warm feeling with the stability and control of the Island Trader and was proud of her.
With that said the old girl has no common leaks
you all speak of and hull
is solid as a rock with absolutely no issues and I would recommend her to anyone who would like a steady secure sailing experience.
But like any boat once you let them go they to will be expensive to bring back to a proud level of refurbishment.
Its a good old classic like mentioned above and turns heads with many compliments.