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Island Packet 40
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Description: Island Packet 40
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Review Date: Tue July 31, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Island Packet 40-1994 for sale by owner. Boat is located on the west coast of Florida. Call 941-505-5680 or email to dpwark@earthlink.net for more complete details and information.
This cruise equipped boat is offered for $229,000....she's a beauty. Ready for the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean.
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Review Date: Thu May 17, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, comfort, realistic tankage and storage volumes.
Cons: Not a light air performer.

I have owned my Island Packet 40 now for about two and a half years. In that time, my (now wife) and I have sailed her from Florida down through the Bahamas to the Eastern Caribbean and as far as coastal South America. We have had many successful passages along the way. Since arriving in the Eastern Caribbean, we have taken 90% of our passages under sail.

Island Packets are very strong and fairly heavy in displacement. My boat is out of its element in the light airs often encountered in the Chesapeake Bay and similar areas. After making a three day passage from St. Croix to Venezuela, with winds 20-30 kts on the beam the whole way, it became very clear what my boat was built for. It excels at making safe, comfortable, and reasonably quick passages in trade wind conditions.

My 40 is not very tender. We made a few passages, the Mona Passage for one, with boats of similar size that had trouble keeping up with our speed and much greater trouble handling the wind and seas. On our trip across the Mona Passage, we crossed with a 37 Tayana, a venerable blue water cruiser. The Tayana lagged behind us now and then but made surprising speed overall. The big difference is that they had a rail in the water nearly the whole trip. The called us on the VHF to let us know that they were reefing the main as the wind had picked up. Meanwhile, I was busy pulling a pizza out of the oven!

To be honest, I need 10-12 knots of wind to make good speed under sail. Much less than that and I'll either spend another day at anchor and wait for better sailing or crank the diesel and just get there. That being said, days with less than 10-12 knots in the the Caribbean are pretty rare.

The quality of the boat is outstanding. Systems installations, hardware, accessibility, and materials are all first rate. Factory support, what little you need, is excellent. I have no hesitations in recommending this boat for full time cruising and saying that it represents a good value.

I love the big cockpit with its long seats. My mate can stretch out and sleep while underway on a warm passage and still leave room for me on the comfortable leeward side. The bow sprit is very well setup for deploying and retrieving ground tackle. The anchor rollers are the biggest and strongest I've seen on any boat under 70 feet, bar none. The interior, with the table that folds up against the bulkhead, 7 hatches and 13 ports, midship master berth, and other features is very well suited to living aboard at anchor. At night, I can see the stars and feel the breeze from the large hatch overhead.

Good Sailing to All,
S/V Eventyr
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