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40' Islander Peterson 1982

I am seriously considering an extremely well maintained and cruise equipped 40' Islander Peterson 1982. I have seen some comments that they are "cheaply made" and would like to educate myself on them. I want to be able to cruise SoCal, Mexico, and South Pacific, and would appreciate comments... also looking at Ericson 38-200, but the Islander is by far the better of the two boats equipment and condition-wise. Thanks
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Six weeks ago I bought a ‘79 IP40 (#005) that had been sitting with wet interior in a river in MD for many years. I have been stripping stuff out and have started a major re-fit.

So far, my off the top of my head impressions:
• Great layout and design – a little narrower that a more modern boat but I think of mine as a very fast and stretched Islander 36.
• Lighter weight (read thinner) hull than I expected for a 70’s boat with a lot of blisters (since it was post 78 fiberglass recipe change), but there are a LOT of hull stiffening ribs so over all I think a better choice than a more modern boat hull in the mid 30’s to 40 foot range
• Having the 4 winches (I assume you have the much more popular racing configuration) on the side decks is great if you have a large crew and racing, but I am moving the eight, yes eight, mast running rigging control lines to the two big self-tailers on the back of the doghouse roof so they are accessible from the cockpit for safety and ease of couple handling.
• I have to replace my entire fuel system because the PO let a 35 gal tank of diesel fossilize. The only replacement for the aluminum tank I could find without custom creating one (1500 or so) was a 16-18 gallon Moeller they do not publish in their catalog.
• The teak and holly sole floor inside is beautiful, but like any boat if you do not keep a dry boat the marine ply subfloor rots. Check for any soft spots inside because replacing it is a real PITA
• The auto pilot that came with the boat was an alpha marine model you cannot get parts for and the instruments are all the larger older Data Marine models that do not play well with newer transducers or connect to other instruments – I am replacing all with a new N2K instrument network

JOSO Bottom Line – a really great boat that was well built for ocean racing and had nice touches inside for cruising – that was the compromise Doug Peterson [designer with nice racing pedigee] was going for – and I think he and Islander succeeded very well – If speed is never going to be an issue, a comparable Islander 36 Freeport, that was designed for long distance cruising only, would also be a good choice.

The critical thing to look for is did the PO do periodic upgrades to the systems. Ask questions like when the sanitation gaskets in the head were last replaced. When was the wind transducer replaced. How long does the bilge pump last. Etc.

Jeff
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Jeff,

Thanks for the info - good luck with your project!

PS: here is the link to it if you like...

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=1634&url=
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I also just bought a IP40 (last June) and I love it. In my opinion, She everything I want in a sail boat speed and room to live. My wife and I have lived aboard since July, 2011. Our boat has been well maintained by her previous owners so she had relatively few initial problems. One of note was the stepping plate was completely corroded through and needed replacement. I made sure have the new plate made out of stainless steel and the boot powder coated. While the mast was down, I replaced the lights and ran new wire.

Currently we live in the PNW and we have plans to sail her to Mexico, The Caribbean, The East Coast, and The Med.


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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

The prop dropped off my P40 yesterday in 80 feet of water. It was an old fashioned bronze folder of some size.

Do you know what size shaft and prop your P40 has? I do not know what diameter to order until I pull the boat later this week and time in the yard is expensive, so I would like to preorder and have on hand if possible.

Any guidance would be great.

Jeff in Atlanta
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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

On a seprate topic - I can collecting any and all info on big Islanders, and P40's in particular. Does anyone have any manuals or brochures beyond what is on the Islander Web Site?

Jeff
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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

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The prop dropped off my P40 yesterday in 80 feet of water. It was an old fashioned bronze folder of some size.

Do you know what size shaft and prop your P40 has? I do not know what diameter to order until I pull the boat later this week and time in the yard is expensive, so I would like to preorder and have on hand if possible.

Any guidance would be great.

Jeff in Atlanta
You can measure your prop shaft diameter inside the boat at your stuffing box/shaft log or coupling. If you have a V drive it's a bit awkward, but still doable.
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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

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Get ahold of Doug who with SO run that local Islander owner website, HE has the same boat as you, name is Tatoosh. Moors at Medenbauer Bay YC in Bellevue.

Did you buy the one listed at MSC? Looked like a nice boat.

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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

Which Website does Doug run?

I assume his boat name is Tatoosh and that is not his last name
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Re: 40' Islander Peterson 1982

Sorry - just after I posted - saw your link
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