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post #14 of Old 04-25-2013
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Re: How Does Your Islander Sail?

I had an Islander 32 (the Bob Perry design). She was a good sailing boat. Really stiff, even in a lot of breeze, right up to the point the rudder couldn't steer her.

The best I ever did with her was 8.6 knots (GPS) in about 25 knots of wind, a little forward of abeam. The funny thing was that about that time I needed to fall off about ten degrees and found that I had no rudder control at all.

Some days, I still wish I had her instead of the Catalina 42 I replaced her with. It sure was a lot easier to take her out by myself or with non-sailing crew.

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.

"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico
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