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Island Packet 31
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Description: Island Packet 31
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat April 11, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased new/good liveaboard. Cruised 2 years/East Coast,Bahamas. Has most everything you want in small cruiser. Easily singlehanded. Sturdy, sails best off wind. After 12 years I still enjoy my time aboard. They will have to carry me off.
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Review Date: Mon November 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Although an earlier model by today's standards, the Island Packet 31 is an excellent entry to the IP family. It provides all the features that IP's are known for and yet on the used market is priced significantly lower than it's IP 29, 32, or 320 siblings. For a 31' LOD, it is spacious with headroom of around 6'. Contrary to popular mis-conception, we find our 31 sails easily in the Galveston Bay and we have not expereienced any problems in either sailing close to the wind or tacking. The only real challenge for the new 31 owner is learning to back up and this skill can only be learned through practice. There are a number of IP Owner Associations and the new owner should join the closet one and participate in the Rendevouz's. Factory support is incredible. When looking at prospective 31s, while the cutter rig does have it's advantages, it can be added later and we have not found ourselves lacking without one. When surveying, look for the normal things you would in a 11-15 year old boat.
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Review Date: Sat June 26, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased my IP31 a year ago. She sails very well. Since most of my sailing is daysailing the sloop rig has been fine. I sail mostly in the upper Keys. Often after raising sail I just set the auto pilot and sit back, relax and don't touch a thing until it is time to come about and head home.
She is very comfortable below. She is well insulated and even down here in the Keys she is comfortable with her a/c on.
I'm very happy with her.

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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Thu October 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Liveaboard, easily single handed
Cons: None overall

I ordered this boat new in 1985 and took delivery in 1986. It is sloop rigged and I have lived aboard for 14 years and cruise full time since 2003. I have never regretted a day I have owned this boat. The systems are excellent despite their age and you never find yourself saying, "I wish they had done it this way". The overall design and constructions is what makes this and all Island Packets worth their cost. I did have to repair the hull last year due to blisters and some minor delamination. I know this has been a problem in most of the older IP's, whose hulls were layed up by Arjay Ind. under contract to IP. I have run the 31 Owners Association since its inception in 1997 and we have a web site, www.ip31ownersassoc.homestead.com in case you would like more information.
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Thu October 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Liveaboard, easily single handed
Cons: None overall

I ordered this boat new in 1985 and took delivery in 1986. It is sloop rigged and I have lived aboard for 14 years and cruise full time since 2003. I have never regretted a day I have owned this boat. The systems are excellent despite their age and you never find yourself saying, "I wish they had done it this way". The overall design and constructions is what makes this and all Island Packets worth their cost. I did have to repair the hull last year due to blisters and some minor delamination. I know this has been a problem in most of the older IP's, whose hulls were layed up by Arjay Ind. under contract to IP. I have run the 31 Owners Association since its inception in 1997 and we have a web site, www.ip31ownersassoc.homestead.com in case you would like more information.
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