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Purpose Built boats
My parents are currently cruising the SE coast of the US, and heading to the Bahamas for the winter on their IP38. I have spent a lot of time on this boat. IP's are great for their intended purpose- cruising. They are well made, solid, heavy, sea kindly, predictable, spacious and a comfortable boat at sea and dock. They also have one of the most loyal and enthusiastic owner's groups, which speaks volumes. If you are looking for a cruising boat, they should be high on most lists. Like most cruisers, they are well powered, have great tankage and storage, and are built for the long haul. Live-ability was very high on their check list and out ranked sailing speed. When the wind is above 20K and seas are up, these boats shine.
IP's are not racy boats, not terribly agile in close quarters, nor do they move well in light air, but are purpose-built to cruise. They live on the boat for a few months at a time and want comfort.
Other boats that we looked at were Calibers , and Passports (similar in many ways). We liked them a lot as well. As I'm sure you know, all boats have compromises. IP's are no different but are great at doing what they are made to do.