Yes, for sure. IPs are built for a market that exists for "classic" cruising boats built like brick sh!thouses. They conjure dreams of low pressure cruising in reliable latitudes.
The long keelers are dream makers. They may not win any races around the buoys but they will give you the confidence to get out there.
Shanedennis-- very true....and that is a good thing as whatever gets you 'out there' or as John Lennon sang 'whatever gets you through the night..is alright, is alrright'
I guess race sailors, and sailing as a true sport- speed and performance - that is a level of purity which must be wonderful to experience - so, it is no wonder that real day sailors and race sailors would not be impressed with an IP. No problem there. But for those looking to sail in mid-latitudes the IP is a great boat. I am chartering an IP27 next week for 3 days and I have sailed on a IP31/32 previously so I will tell you all about it. Obviously, for sheer sailing thrill and pleasure and performance....the IP is a dog. But, for those of us who like to feel the heavy non-tender platform as a basis--even though we are obviously outsailed in light air, will enjoy the IP for other reasons.
Still, as a eager boat buyer.....the IP's do seem to be overpriced. But, in a market economy of supply and demand...that's just the way it is.
Now, I speak only as a beginner --Certainly not someone who has been sailing on many different boats for 30 years.
In fact, I have never sailed on a fast sailboat...maybe that is a good thing as it would make me extra picky!
My only sailboats that I have sailed have been a 15-foot lake sailor/dinghy, a West Whight Potter 15 I owned in S. Florida, a 50 foot Pearson in Florida, a Island packet 32 and a Dufour Gib'Sea 50. That is the extent of my sailboats.
So....I'm sure I would be spoiled for speed and performance if I had been exposed to the sailboats that 'IP bashers' have sailed in. Maybe then I would be an 'IP basher'.
But....I am a middle aged guy looking for a relatively comfortable cruiser to sail the coastal atlantic, the keys, and the bahamas.. so, I'm sure there are many suitable boats for me...and I understand the IP bashers but I am not so knowledgeable to bash it as the boats I have sailed is negligible.
I might wind up buying an IP 29 or 31 and if I did.....I would consider myself fortunate to own such a boat!
But....I am always willing to learn which is the best affordable boat for my needs... and I respect all opinions, of course.