Originally Posted by ronbo1
I was disappointed that Island Packet's new Blue Jacket wasn't available yeti. Though the economy is still sluggish IP may be positioned for the recovery.
Originally Posted by JonEisberg
Well, you could have just had a look at the Tartan 4000 instead, the 2 boats are strikingly similar... Aside from the addition of a Hoyt jib boom, and shaft propulsion in lieu of a saildrive, there's very little apparent distinction between the two...
Jon, Similar? What do you mean? it seems to me that the only thing in what they are similar is the Length and the draft.
The hulls are completely different, Blue jacket is a lot less beamier, it is even narrow for a modern 40ft. It has less 20cm of beam than the Tartan and that is a lot in a 40ft.
The Blue Jacket is also 1300kg lighter and the is a huge difference in a 40ft sailboat.
The BlueJacket has a substantially superior B/D ratio (0.369 to 0.326).
In fact the boats will have a very distinct behavior in the water, being the Bluejacket a faster and better upwind boat, with a more comfortable sea motion. The Tartan will be more stable downwind and will sail with less heel.
All very good points, Paolo - you're right, of course, there are significant differences between the two...
What strikes me, however, is the visual similarities to the boats, and how closely they resemble one another to my eye...
The portlights in the deckhouse, for example - virtually identical... 2 smaller forward, 3 slightly larger, one smaller aft... The cockpits, with the twin canted pedestals, and fold-down transom steps, very much alike... The rigs are quite similar, I can't think of any other American builder currently offering that rig, with the Park Avenue boom, German mainsheet setup, etc... Those are all things that were heretofore somewhat proprietary or unique to Tartan (again, at least among American builders), and now "imported" by Jackett to IP...
I agree that this looks like a very sweet boat, I'll be looking forward to seeing it, for sure... I've always loved Jackett's interiors, I think his use of angles really works, and certainly makes them more interesting visually. I don't get the twin aft staterooms on a performance-oriented boat, however, I much prefer the Tartan 4000 layout in that regard. And I'm really perplexed why the drawings show only 2 cockpit primary winches, what are you supposed to do with the mainsheet when you're flying the reacher?
Minor details, I know... What's most interesting about this boat, perhaps, is what it represents about the new direction IP is taking, and whether there really is a market share out there to be captured? In my observation, IP owners in general are not looking for performance, and to those more concerned with such, Island Packet is most definitely not the first "brand" that comes to mind... (grin)