Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hershey, PA / Middle River MD
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Re: How Does Your Islander Sail?
I have an 81 Bahama 30. I'm very pleased with the way it sails. It is very fast in light winds. I can usually get 6 kts in less than 10 true to windward and easily get 6.5 off the wind. I have an older 110 and a new 140 genoa. With the 140, I can point to 45 degrees. 48 to 50 with the 110. With either genoa reefed, pointing is much worse - a little over 50. In 20 to 25 kts, off the wind, I have had the boat at 8.5 kts numerous times with average speeds over 7.5 over several miles. I often pass boats much larger than mine but I'm always minding trim etc.
On the other hand, I feel the boat IS tender. My main is old but I find I might as well reef it in anything over 10 kts sustained. It only has one reef point. I've thought about having a second one added since in anything over 20, it is mostly luffing with the reef.
I do have some reservations about the boat but the way it sails is not one of them.
harbin2, Northern Chesapeake Bay