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Island Packet 27

Year: 1984

Heavily built, offshore capable cruiser with lots of interior room for it's LOA (30 feet). Not fast in light air, but very stable in wind, not requiring first reef until 18 knots windspeed.Factory support excellent for advice and upgrades. IP 26/27 Owner's Assn. active with newsletter. A good boat for a family,identical in concept and execution to the larger Island Packets (31/32/35/37 etc).


Year: 1986

The Island Packet 27 is a compact, stout little cruising boat. Important to us were its shallow draft (3'2"), wide beam (10'6") , 18hp yanmar diesel, and extremely comfortable interior, and large cockpit We have owned the boat only one year, but are very satisfyed with her.


Year: 1988

Owned the boat only three months but already impressed with her sailing ability and stability. Quality boat in most all respects. I question only putting the head intake on the same thru-hull as engine intake and small mast drain (mine clogged and mast partially filled with water). Great shoal draft, 3'8" has provided access to mary areas of Indian River that were previously inaccessable. Cutter rig a must for this model. Adds stability in confused seas when flown alone and eases jib sail transition when tacking. Bahamas here we go!


Year: 1988

Owned the boat only three months but already impressed with her sailing ability and stability. Quality boat in most all respects. I question only putting the head intake on the same thru-hull as engine intake and small mast drain (mine clogged and mast partially filled with water). Great shoal draft, 3'8" has provided access to mary areas of Indian River that were previously inaccessable. Cutter rig a must for this model. Adds stability in confused seas when flown alone and eases jib sail transition when tacking. Bahamas here we go!


Year: 1985

Weíve owned our 1985 Island Packet 27-33 cutter since 2002 and love it. Iíve done a major refit over the last couple years and after going through the boat bow to stern was pleasantly surprised at the high level of quality and excellent craftsmanship. Even at 20 years old the boat is very solid, heavily built cruiser that we get wonderful comments on everywhere we go (Itís a salty looking little boat). The cockpit is huge and there is plenty of room to move around above and below. The boat sails great and I single hand her all the time. I really like having a full keel especially in shoal draft water. My family and I have nothing but good things to say about the IP27. There is also Excellent factory support and very active IP owners group.


Pros: for its waterline length, surprisingly fast particulaly in light airs,
Cons: not many of these, tacking with the cutter rig
Year: 1990

I have now owned IP27/230 for 15 months, accept for the lack of an anchor winch, it has been a good boat to own. the boat draws 4ft so I am able to anchor in secluded parts of the solent. Taking the boat through the wind , the baby stay can make this dificult, but with backing the genoa and a little practice even this can be managed.

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