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Which Island Packet?
My suggestions is a trawler(sorry).
Why accept the space limitations of a sailboat in return for a boat that doesn''t sail very well??? Buy the trawler, get some room and fully enjoy that hook time - with an IP you can''t really enjoy either fully.
Consider the following PHRF-NE ratings:
IP 380 186
Tartan 3800 114
The IP can only be described as a dog (although I''m inconsistent here as I recently called the W32 a pig). Recognize these numbers show how slow the IP is in average winds, when it at least moves. Under ten MPH true you probably need to operate it as a power boat, when a performance-sensible design like a Tartan could still get you there under sail, perhaps even earlier.
If you''re sacraficing sailing performance, why put up witht the attendant shortcomings of a sailboat - get the trawler - your hours of powering will be much more relaxing versus the racket of an IP aux...