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The merits and demertis of IPs have been discussed on here quite a bit. Check back under prior topics in this category and some will pop up. There''s a recent thread on the IP37 for example. In general, people either love IPs or hate them. The choice is yours.
While there are many reasons to buy an IP, speed is not one of them. I couldn''t find a PHRF rating for the 420, but here are some for boats in the 40 foot range to compare, most in the general quality range of the IP:
IP40 -- 156
Caliber 40 -- 120 (Caliber competes almost directly with IP)
Sabre 40 -- 75
Dehler 41 --84
Morris 40 --129
J-40 -- 78
Crealock 40 -- 174
Saga 43 -- 90
Catalina 400 -- 129 (for grins)
As you can see, the only boat the IP would beat is the Crealock 40. IP owners will tell you that IPs have a smoother motion and will deliver the crew home in a more rested state. IP detractors point out that the crew will need to be more rested because they will be out there longer compared to a faster boat. Despite what some say, I think speed is another safety factor to consider along with hull strength, rigging strength, etc. It needs to be part of the equation.
Having said that, it''s really what''s important to you. IP makes a terrific boat with a strong following. But there are a number of other terrific boats out there that will get you home 10-20 percent faster (more or less), which can add up on a long voyage, especially if a storm''s brewing.