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Old 30-12-2015, 10:40   #1
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Opinions on the Islander 28

In my search for my first keel boat, at the top of my list is a little 1978 Islander 28 that's been well kept from all my outside research.
Does anyone have any experience with the boat that might help me? From what I can find they appear to be sturdy little boats for the light coastal cruising and lake sailing I have in mind.
A bit more power than the 13hp Volvo would be nice but every boat in this age and price range seems to come with some compromise.
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Old 30-12-2015, 11:12   #2
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Re: Opinions on the Islander 28

Here's a link to a review of it. Islander 28 An Owners Review — Boat De Jour

It should be a nice boat. Bob Perry designed it, so fairly modern even in 1975.

BTW when the review talks about the 32 and 34 islanders being a perry design, they are talking about the Mark II's. Earlier Islanders, 1960's to early 1970's were designed by McGlasson who took a older Lapworth design and adjusted it to fiberglass.. Early islanders and later islanders 75 ish onward were completely different boats, except in name.
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Re: Opinions on the Islander 28

My Islander experience is mostly with the 30mkII, 36' and 37'. I would describe these as having been built as good entry level boats with decent performance. The 30' (not Bahama) is one with which I have become particularly fond. One thing to watch out for is bad rudder armatures.
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Crewed on one in SF Bay for a few races, it was a solid boat and will do fine for your stated purpose
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Old 31-12-2015, 11:00   #5
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I have and love my islander, I would have been better to have gotten a survey before purchase, main problem found after sale, mast support decayed at aluminum to steel. step.
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