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Islanders and such
In the spirit of the most recent Catalina discussion (sort of), I am asking for experiences and opinions. And no, this is not a "troll."
My wife and I bought an Islander Bahama 30 last October, for sailing on a large inland lake (Lake Texoma - 89,000 acres - large to me, anyway). It is our first "big" boat. We are really enjoying owning her so far.
We have two active young daughters age 6 and 9, and we have found that space when staying aboard is perhaps less than ideal. In fact, my wife thinks we should move up to a 36 ft. something as soon as possible. She prefers the Beneteau 361, but I haven''t decided IF or WHAT.
I need to decide whether to argue that we keep the Islander and continue the refit/upgrade plan we have begun, or start planning the sale of the Islander and purchase of the next boat. It is worth noting that our Islander seems to be in extremely good condition, always on freshwater, kept by the marina/dealer that originally sold her new (Cedar Mills, the Valiant factory!). The old Volvo MD7 smokes a little and there are 20 year old boat cosmetics, but over-all she seems pretty solid.
Now here is the question. I want to know as much good and bad as I can find about the Islander Bahama 30. Design flaws, recurring build problems, wonderful sailing qualities, whatever. Give me all your experiences and opinions, good, bad, whatever. Please. I can take it.