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Islander 32
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Description: Islander 32
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Wed November 6, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a sloop rig with a fin keel. It draws 5ft. 3 in.
and is a very strong and seaworthy boat. It has a 12 HP Volvo
Penta inboard diesel. I consider it underpowered while
motoring. I like the generous head room both in the cockpit
and below. The mainsheet traveler is on top of the dog house
and nicely out of the way. Overall I am very saitified with
this boat. I sail out of Cocoa, Florida.



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Review Date: Fri November 15, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Older version of I32 with modified full keel. Has been
upgraded with Westerbeke diesel, wheel steering, metal mast,
cutter rig with self tacking staysail, and much more.
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Review Date: Wed March 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Roomy and classic interior, lots of storage, excellent layout for family/cruising with cabin table sliding into pocket leaving cabin wide open. Just purchased so stay tuned for sailing review after she goes in the water. Looking for any helpful tips.
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Review Date: Tue July 14, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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32' LOA, 25' LWL, 5'4" Draft, 11'1" Beam, 10,400#, 4,200# Encapsulated lead fin keel, Volvo-Penta MD-7A Diesel.
We have owned ours for 15 years and for the last 3 years have cruised it from San Francisco Bay to Annapolis, MD.
Sails great, takes to heavy wind well. We raced it in SF Bay for many years. Main thing we disliked was the shallow bilge and if you got any water in there it ended up on the cabin sole. We had minor hull blistering. Our boat is for sale now (7/12/98) only because after 3 yrs living aboard we a larger boat. Highly recommend the 28 & 32 as outstanding boats.
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Review Date: Sat August 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very seaworthy boat. Heavy stays, I like the inboard stays as it facilitates walking around on deck. The double backstays make standing in the cockpit very nice, and the "hiding" dining table below leaves pleanty of room. Good headroom height in cabin, pleanty of stowage cavities, and the engine access supberp!!!. Comes in both Shoal and deep draft, and tall rig (47'). I have shoal draft and short rig. I have had some "Severe Blister" problem, but fixed it myself. Not a "Racer", but Keel stepped mast, and high freeboard, make for a safe, dry, sailboat. Mine has a westerbeke L25. It seems to be plenty of power. I have done extensive work on her, cushions, sailcover, interior, leaks (ports}, ect. but on all, I feel a well made boat. Feel free to ask me questions.
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Review Date: Tue September 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My boat is a modified full keel boat with a cut-away forefoot, 4 foot draft, Atomic 4 engine. The boat had been on the hard for 7 years. No hull blisters, required some major rehab such as new toilet and holding tank, new 25 gal water tank, fixing 2 stuck valves on A-4, and cleaning all teak with Barkeepers Friend, lite sanding, and Armada. the rest was cosmetic and easy stuff, such as cleaning up the mess, fixing bilge pumps and water pumps, and other non-complicated but time consuming tasks.


The boat seems exceptionally strongly built, sails very well, and accomodations are just about perfect. 2 burner alcholol/electric stove, dinette for four people, converts into nice double. The v-berth is cramped but once you get in its OK, and also two quarter berths. Chrome plated metal ports, plus large plexiglass windows in salon make for plenty of lite and good views when dining.

The mast is stepped on the keel. Very beautiful classic lines, with long overhang and transom sloping the "proper" direction. I sail with a (roller furling) main and a hank-on jib. It had some kind of roller furling with the jib wire luff being wound up, but it got tangled up so often with the forestay that I put it in the dumpster and got a second hand jib.

I get many admiring comments on my beautiful boat, sail her every weekend with the Singles on Sail on upper Cheasapeake Bay, and must add that I paid $5,000 for my boat, with about 15 weekends required to bring her to her present state, that of a "woman of a certain age", and I loved every minute of it!! If anyone has a low budget, some technical competence and time, and wants a great boat, I heartily recommend an older Islander 32!
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Review Date: Mon September 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This model is one of the strongest of the islander fleet and one of the prettiest designs. Sleeps 6, 2foreward 1 port side a double on starbrd and 1 in the quarter berth. my original lpg stove was converted to propane and its a good unit. A 4 cyl desil of 25 hp gives a good turn of speed. Im a happy islander owner. The 36 is faster but not by a big margin, My PHRF of 182 is a nice fringe benefit.
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Review Date: Tue March 28, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wonderful family coastal cruiser!
Purchased 8-99 Roomy cabin with beautiful teak interior. Sleeps 6 tight but 4 very comfortably. Sails like a dream, very stable, good speed and responsive to the helm. Good storage in the interior and in the cockpit. Westerbeke L-25 needed some work but otherwise runs fine. We sail around Ventura / Channel islands Ca. and simply love this boat! I've re-rigged, re-painted, re-wired and crawled through every conceivable space on this boat and can tell you it was well built. I'd love to answer any questions!
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Review Date: Fri October 25, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Well, formerly I stated that the construction of this boat was a little light to take offshore. After having sailed her for about a year now, I can tell you I was wrong. This is a very stiff boat. I have the shoal draft model with an encapsulated keel. She has a nice, roomy interior with an excellent storage space everywhere. The boat is equipped with a harken roller furling, which makes it very easy to single-hand (I haven't had a crew aboard her yet!), since all but the halyard lines lead aft to the cockpit. Very predictable weather helm and responsive rudder make this boat a cinch to sail.

LOA: 32
LWL: 25'6"
Beam: 11'1"
Draft: 4'
Displacement: 10,500
Ballast: 3,000
Power: Atomic 4, 30hp Gas

If you have any questions that I can answer, or have any additional information for me, please feel free to e-mail me at pltsergeant@yahoo.com
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