It is that bit of history
that presents questions. I am wondering if I can imagine the IP 26 to sail like the later Island Packets (basically an IP 27 with a centerboard
?). Or if--as the first Island Packet--her design was different and her sailing/build characteristics as well.
Unless I am mistaken, the centerboard
disappeared after the 26' was replaced with the 27' and the rudder
changed as well.
Apparently the 26' I am about to go see has crazing in the gelcoat
in at least the cockpit
-- not sure if that's typical for IPs of this vintage or just for the IP 26.