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post #2 of Old 08-18-2004
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Which Island Packet?

The Island Packet is well designed for your needs. Large amounts of tankage and stowage are great aspects of these yachts. I suggest going with the 380 because of the advantages of more modern technology.
All in all I disagree with many peoples opinions of Island Packets. This yacht is meant to be sailed all over the world. The classic cutter rig and pretty lines make it an attractive yacht. The boat does not beat well into the wind, but if you were in the gulfstream when the elephants are marching, would you want to be beating into it. I think not. This boat shows it''s true colors off the wind. The Packet''s full keel design gives me great satisfaction not because of seaworthiness, but because there are no keel bolt failures to worry about. They make great yachts at Island Packet, no matter what the critics say. I think some people think it''s too much of a good thing, so they put them down. Good luck with whichever yacht you choose. Maybe I''ll spot you in the Caribbean.
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