I seriously considered buying
, but my wife preferred the interior
layout and accommodations of the IP 380. I liked it too, so we bought it and couldn't be more pleased. The IP 380 is newer model than the two you're looking at, but perhaps my observations will strike a responsive chord with you.
First, don't put too much credibility in the negative opinions of folks who've never sailed an IP for any length of time. There's a lot of BS being re-circulated by people with no first-hand experience concerning comfort and speed that doesn't match reality. Our experience includes 16,000 nm or so of sailing in the Chesapeake, the eastern Caribbean
, and on offshore
passages (~7,500 nm of the total). I couldn't be happier with the boat's comfort level, safety
, load-carrying ability, and performance. Sailing off the wind
in very light conditions is her weak point, but I solved
that with an asym spinnaker
. Being a cutter-rigged, full keel
design, she didn't point as high as a Sabre
would. That never seemed to be an issue for us, since we weren't round-the-buoy racers.
In comparison with other boats in the three offshore
cruising rallies we did, and our yacht club cruises on the Chesapeake, I'd put her sailing performance in the upper third, and in the upper quartile if the winds were over 15 kts. Same with comfort level. On a really rough trip to Bermuda
with a number of other boats, we arrived ahead of a Hunter
380, a 40' cat and a few other larger boats, having enjoyed hot meals
every night, while most of the rest were eating peanut butter from the jar, munching handfuls of trail mix, and sleeping on the cabin
Sorry for coming off too enthusiastically, but I really can't say enough about the IP's performance, quality, factory support, owner community....etc.