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Old 06-12-2021, 09:01   #1
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Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

I am looking at an IP 380 in the VI's, sight unseen, Pictures and a year old survey look good. But never bought a boat without being on her.


Broker wants 10% to hold it, along with a closing window. I figure if it looks good and they are willing to take my offer I would put a visit and sea trial as acceptance before closing. It's just a 3.5 hr flight.


But would love to hear from other IP owners or people who have done the same.


My thoughts are to spend the winter on her in VI's and sail her back up to Chesapeake Bay in spring or store he down there for hurricane season.
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Old 06-12-2021, 09:38   #2
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

I’d never buy a used boat I wasn’t on myself. Our local broker does miracles with photos.
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Old 06-12-2021, 10:29   #3
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

Photos canít convey odor, nor do they look at unsightly areas.
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Old 06-12-2021, 12:45   #4
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Photos canít convey odor, nor do they look at unsightly areas.
True that !!


If it were not for the broker being in BVI and boat in US, I would be ok with a deposit and inspection. As at least I could go to court against broker if he keep my money, but out of the country fairly concerning.


There is similar boat I can drive to to look at, in VA that might not be out of the options. Although its on the hard, if I want to take it south it would be a cold trip to start with. But the risks might be less.


Reason I liked the one in VI was it could be my winter home and project. I already have a Columbia up here and is a great day/weekend sailor. But winter in the VI's sure sounds nice
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Old 06-12-2021, 15:56   #5
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

Join the iphomeport and ask if there is a BVI based member who can take a look to see if it worth the flight.


They are an enthusiastic and helpful bunch. You will find out lots about the boats too, warts and all.


Like all boats, they have their problems!


My friends Judith and Harken are between Easter Island and Chile in their well travelled Island Packet 380, half way round on a slow circumnavigation.


Good luck whatever you decide.
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Old 07-12-2021, 18:30   #6
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Join the iphomeport and ask if there is a BVI based member who can take a look to see if it worth the flight.


They are an enthusiastic and helpful bunch. You will find out lots about the boats too, warts and all.


Like all boats, they have their problems!


My friends Judith and Harken are between Easter Island and Chile in their well travelled Island Packet 380, half way round on a slow circumnavigation.


Good luck whatever you decide.
What rotax said. I have reached out to folks on cars and planes to do an initial inspection and then made the decision. It works as long as your trust the dude. Good luck!
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Old 08-12-2021, 04:24   #7
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

Has this boat had her chainplates replaced? In order to do so most of the interior components have to be removed to gain access. Usually a $25,000+ project. Not familiar with the model years this was an issue but I would be highly suspicious of this.
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Old 08-12-2021, 05:55   #8
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

Chainplates are not an issue with this model Island Packet and year.
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Old 08-12-2021, 09:22   #9
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Has this boat had her chainplates replaced? In order to do so most of the interior components have to be removed to gain access. Usually a $25,000+ project. Not familiar with the model years this was an issue but I would be highly suspicious of this.

As Hv2sail states, chainplates are not an issue with post 1999 Island Packets.


The material was greatly improved and drain holes added to clear moisture.


The factory has no knowledge of a post improvement boat suffering chainplate failure.
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:07   #10
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Re: Looking at Island Packer 380 (2001)

Another option that I used, was contracting with a local surveyor for a cursory inspection of the boat...paid him a couple hundred dollars to look it over and get back to me. As that amount was less than the roundtrip flite....He came back with a thumbs down and list of potential issues, the killer was internal water line stain 1/2 way up from teak sole...not visible on photos...good luck with your search. thnks
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:23   #11
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To dan 104 the OP.


An Island Packet 380 has just come up for sale on the iphomeport, located in Washington DC.
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