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Islander Bahama 24
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5 5445 Tue November 6, 2007
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100% of reviewers $2,333.33 8.0












Description: Islander Bahama 24
Keywords: Islander Bahama 24
 


Author
N8ZD
Junior Member

Registered: April 2005
Review Date: Fri February 24, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid little boat. Weathers time well.
Cons: Age / Lack of firsthand information about the boat.

It should be noted I'm currently preparing my IB24 for her first season sailing with me, so I cannot speak firsthand as to her sailing characteristics. Physically the IB24 is a full keel sailboat with an after engine well for an outboard. She's built rather solidly, and is surprisingly spacious for her size because of the raised deck. Information about the Islander Bahama 24 is notedly hard to come by due to the collapse of the parent company, and ensuing apparent destruction of paperwork. However some research online should find that several of Columbia's 24' sailboats are extremely similar designs, and some information may be gleaned from them. I hope to write a more formal review when time and experience with the IB24 permit.
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pithwit
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Registered: May 2006
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu May 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I'm looking at restoring one of these. Does it have keelbolts? Are they iron?

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Review Date: Fri June 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Real Lead Keel fully encases in Glass.
Cons:

This is A GREAT Boat, had one for many years in the boston area. As you said it was well built, because these were some of the first hulls made of glass and maufacturers did not realize how thin they could make them. Notice how the bulkheads and seats below are fully welded or glassed into the hull. You won't find that today in any boat. Always worried asbout the seam dow the middle but I was told they required that because the hull was made in two halves, due to the tumble home sides. The manufacturer was Wayfarer which was bought up by Islander, which mde the name kind of impossible. I used a long shaft 10hp Evinrude with a generatoor and electric start.That plus the remote controls for the speed and shifter made people think it was an inboard.
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Review Date: Fri June 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great boat
Cons:

Dear Pithwit,
I do not remember keel bolts. The Lead keel is completly encased in glass and is not removable. I know because I had to have some rot repaired two feet from the bottom of the keel. The bilge will have some tar or rubbery compound packed in above it, which keeps it water tight.
This point is only trailerable with a cradle and must be delivered to the water with a crane. The mast mounts on the deck to a small Aluminium plate, my was cracked and I had it re-welded.
I replaced all the thru hull gate valves with seacock valves. Painted the inside with epoxy paint. This all worked well for me. If anyone has any questions drop me a lne at rd6880305@optonline.net and I wil help if I can.
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texwards
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Review Date: Tue November 6, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Handles heavy weather unlike others in it's class; fun; solid and well built
Cons: Square companionway hatch boards jam; stern mounted outboard hard to reach

Although this boat was left to the weather for many years (as so many are when forgotten in a slip), the only damage seems to be cosmetics: gelcoat worn (almost gone on deck); ugly green vinyl cushions torn. The boat is solid with no soft spots; no leaks (top or bottom) - the bilge was surprisingly dry. I've taken this out in light winds and in high winds and seas - both equally enjoyable.

Structurally - I think 40 year old boat has another 40 years left in it!
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