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post #2 of Old 01-21-2002
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Island Packet 31

For $55K you can do much better than a IP31. These are slow, cranky sailing boats. Other BB discussions have brought up problems with rudder support and with difficulty tacking reliably. I personally hate the motion of these boats. I would think that for that kind of budget you might do better trying to find a boat with similar displacement but spread out over a longer waterline and with less beam. You will have a more comfortable boat and one that deals with conditions better. For Florida, with its light summer sailing conditions I would try to find a boat with an L/D at 200 or lower. Shoal draft is important which is one thing that an Island Packet does do well.

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