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Island Packet 35
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Description: Island Packet 35
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue November 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Bought boat new and am completly satisfied. Have installed much equipment and am willing to advise.
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Review Date: Wed January 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We are very satisfied with this strongly built little passage-maker. I particpated in the 1996 West Marine Bermuda Rally. I'd be willing to answer any questions about cruising aboard this vessel.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun January 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a well built little cruiser which I sailed from

Fla. to the USVI with no major problems. It is fully set

up for cruising: wind, solar, watermaker, radar, ssb, ....

It has more interior space and storage than any other boat

of a comparable size that I have been on. It is a solid

sailer, not too tender but doesn't sail quite so well to

windward as some... that full keel, I suppose. The

steering being right at the stern, one can get wet. Still,

if I had it to do over again, no question I'd buy this

boat. Feel free to email and ask questions.
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Capstan

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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 9
Review Date: Thu March 31, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We liked this boat from 1988 when we first saw her at the Stamford, CT boat show. We purchased "Serenity" in 2004 and took her on a shakedown cruise from Sandusky OH to the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. She is fast with 12-18 kts of wind. We averaged over 7 kts crossing from Harbor Beach MI to Tobermory, the last of it in 5-6 ft waves and 25+ kts aparent wind speed. The boat is solid. I have done a fair amount of repair and upgrades to her since then and I am willing to answer questions via emai. The areas I have worked on are:

-Rudder steering Quadrant (rack and pinion)
-Refrigeration (WAECO)
-Steering Shaft Log,
-Wheel Brake
-Pressure Freshwater system
-Alternator (not the original installation)
-Scupper repair
-Davit installation.

Update:
in 2006 We revamped the electrical system (Batteries and Charging)
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facabrut
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Registered: June 2003
Location: Onboard
Posts: 4
Review Date: Sun January 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Initially, I was very apprehensive about buying an Island Packet 35'. They always had a reputation in sailing circles as being a well fitted out sailboat, but very slow.
Since for many years I sailed a Lippincott 30' sloop, I considered the IP the turtle, & the Lippincott 30' the hare.
On the initial trial run out of Stamford, Ct. was I surprised. The wind was blowing at 20 MPH, and when the previous owner raised sail, the IP 35 took off like a rocket!. She's fast, stable, and pretty easy to sail with the self tending stay sail.
I was sold!
Surprisingly, she points pretty high into the wind, and on a beam reach in 20 MPH wind, she tracks straight, & barely heels.
Down below, the amenities are the best I've seen on any boat this size.
She will not perform as well as the Lippincott in light air, since she is twice displacement, and has the full keel. They come with Yanmar diesels, which I have only good things to talk about. Pretty much trouble free if maintained.
The Island Packet is a quality boat which will hold its value far better than most of the production boats.
Like most sailboats, the IP is a dog to back up. Theres' a lot of prop walk to the left, so you must compensate in other ways.
I've mastered the backing problem by using wind, tide, & warping techniques to my advantage at my dock.
Best of luck if you buy one!
John Longo
"Lady Josephine"
Tarrytown, N.Y.
IP-35/92
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mikeronie
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Registered: July 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 29
Review Date: Wed March 1, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I improved the backing of my IP 350 by installing a Max Prop 3 blade. A world of difference.
Mike
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Capstan

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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 9
Review Date: Wed August 15, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Stable, Relatively Fast in heavier air, roomy, strong
Cons: Hard to repair Some sstems (Hot water/Holding tank/Windlass

I bought this boat in 2004 (a 1991 IP-35. The boat has handled eve4rything we threw at hew, Lake Eire Chop 50+ MPH winds andseveral 600 mile jaunts to the north Channel from Sandusky. Other than a few easy to fix quirks, I fgound her to be really well built and a lot faster than you might imagine. Few boats in our area with my waterline can keep up once the wind is over 18 kts. I really appreciate the on-going support that the factory provides as well. I'm her third owner and she's been out of producttion for more than 12 years but the factory people treat me like a valued customer and have provided any specification, design or repair information that I have asked for. What a Crew!!!
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WannabeNow
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Registered: July 2009
Review Date: Thu July 2, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Looking
Cons: Still looking

We are looking at the IP 35 and are not sure where we can go with it. But, we are also looking at a Hans Christian 38. Would like something we could stay in the Caribbean for a few years and head to the Pacific and maybe further, who knows where we would go. What could I expect between these 2 boats and which would you pick and why? Or is there a different available boat you would pick?
Thanks
Rick
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