Which Island Packet?
I''m not sure why you people are saying that all Island Packets are dogs. I have owned a 380 for 3 years now and have on many times passed Hunters in the 38-40 foot range and Beneteaus of similiar size. Even a beneteau 46 in 20 knots of wind.
The other day in 8 knots I was sailing on a close reach at half the wind speed.
I agree that they are not the fastest close hauled, I can get to about 45 degrees apparent, and they are not the easiest boat to tack. Although I have never had to turn the engine on to tack as other non-IP owners have claimed must be done.
Before you continue to belittle the later made IP''s go sail one for yourself.
I happen to love mine.