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post #20 of Old 02-28-2006
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If you're looking for a "best built, known for quality" boat, designed for open ocean and long-term Carribean cruising, you need to include Island Packets in your list. That's what IP's are and what they're designed for. Over the years, IP's have been built in 27, 29, 31, 32, 35, 37. 38, 40, 42, 44, 45, and 48 models, with a 40' pilot house motorsailer due this summer. The 29, 31, and 32 could certainly fill your needs. Yes, they are relatively expensive, but I believe you're paying for the quality of contruction and systems. I should note that I'm a little biased, having purchased my IP 31 new, and have been cruising New England waters for the last 19 seasons.
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