"I had a 1998 Island Packet
45 for 10 years. It was an extremely well made boat, and I was there for many aspects of its building in Largo, FL.
You state that the encapsulated keel
is lead, but in fact it was ingots of iron encased in epoxy
. It seemed like hundreds of them were placed in the keel
and then more epoxy
was used to fill the voids. Any impact might expose one or a few of the iron ingots to the elements, but not all. I had this discussion with the factory (lead vs iron) at the time and was assured it was a solid design.
Still, its not lead as your article says. Maybe they have changed their processes, but the bulk of IPs out there are older boats and this would be how they were built.
boat (a Hylas
49) uses lead in the enclosed keel as built from Queen Long Marine
Rick Fricchione S/V Black Diamond Hylas
49-057 Portsmouth, RI"
Anyway in researching before I bought mine, I could find not one single
credible instance of a keel issue on an IP, it certainly is nowhere near as problematic as a boat with some form of wood in the deck
, you see wet decks all over the place.