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02-25-2012 05:51 PM
Hog Gravy n Chitlins I am the new owner of a 1974 Islander 34. The manufacturer is listed as Yachtcraft on the title, from the bit of information I could gather these are supposed to be "kit boats" which seems a bit vague, I am assuming they mean something between a bare hull and owner finished? I wonder it this: 1976 Islander Islander 34 Sail Boat For Sale - Is the boat the original poster was considering?

p.s. mine has a 3 burner stove/oven as well
12-03-2011 03:08 AM
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Here's a link to an Islander 34 in San Diego for 21,500 that looks interesting - and it has an oven. 1969 Islander Sail Boat For Sale -
And a newer Beta diesel as well.
This boat sold on eBay a couple of days ago in a BoatAngel Auction for under $5000. I looked at it 2 months ago when it was listed for $15k and then I ended up buying a Cascade 36. I still considered buying the boat on eBay to swap the engine into my Cascade to replace a Volvo MD2B.
11-28-2011 11:31 PM
Wayfarer34 Oh, I should add one thing about the original Islander 34. Mine came with a quite flimsy slider covering the companionway, along with the usual boards. The setup would not survive boarding seas, but would easily be smashed in, particularly with the very low stern. I totally redid the design, building double-thickness folding doors backed by oak, with an oak-reinforced plywood hatch cover closing on top of them. The biggest concern in my area is the Golden Gate Bar (think potato patch and south bar) coming back in from the Farallones, so it is now built stout to handle those conditions.
11-28-2011 11:22 PM
Wayfarer34 Chiming in a bit late, but the original Islander 34, built in the late '60s, was a stout little ship. I am the proud owner of one. They are built strong, and intended for long-distance cruising, the lines are beautiful and seakindly. Certainly not a fast boat, a slow tub, but she will get you there safely. No balsa in that boat either, by the way. One nice feature is the internal, encapsulated lead ballast, as well as the very short prop shaft, the prop is located directly outsde the hull, in fact there is perhaps 1/4 inch clearance. All in all, a fine choice for solid, safe cruising. Incidentally, mine has a three burner stove and oven.


03-31-2010 11:09 PM
mitiempo Here's a link to an Islander 34 in San Diego for 21,500 that looks interesting - and it has an oven. 1969 Islander Sail Boat For Sale -
And a newer Beta diesel as well.
03-31-2010 09:57 PM
blt2ski ISLANDER 34 Sailboat details on

That is a link I found with info for the islander 34. has a good history of the company, designs etc. There was an actual website at one time with mucho info, but that person no longer runs the site, altho many have tried to get the info from that person and restart the site.

With that in mind, being as this I34 is a full keel, it will be slower than the pearson, assuming the pearson is a fin keel. Islander generally speaking, folks like the boats. A good friend of mine has a peterson 40, quite quick for a 40' boat from the 70's.

BUT, with this all in mind, of the two, the few issues you described, I would still go for the Islander hands down. If the Pearson was the one with out the issues, the Islander had the wetdecks etc, then the Pearson would be the one to go after IMHO!

If you want quick, then there are some other boats from the 80's that will not be in as bad a shape assuming your description of the Pearson is correct, for about the same $$$ or maybe a bit more.

03-31-2010 09:34 PM
puddinlegs With due respect to all the fans of Islanders, they aren't the model the OP is talking about. Your boats, no matter how good they are and how much you love them, aren't Islander 34s. Be careful not to let enthusiasm confuse the issue. Boat buying is a dish best served cold!
03-31-2010 07:01 PM
olson34 If you are in love with the "classic" look of the old Islander, go for it. Pending survey and appropriate pricing, of course. Pisces diesels were common on lots of 70's boats -- being marinized Isusu diesels, and very long-lived if maintained. Note that any search on this brand on the 'net will turn up sailors seeking parts... which is often a problem with really old engines.

The Pearson is a much more "modern" design and will have better resale value some day, and should be a better sailing boat, as well.

It is all about "Choices and options".

03-31-2010 03:19 PM
Originally Posted by NCountry View Post
I can tell you that my 1981 Islander 30 has been an awesome boat.
You will get no argument from me there,
the Finch designed Islander 30 is one the
most functional production sailboats to come out
of the '70s.
03-31-2010 01:52 PM
NCountry I can tell you that my 1981 Islander 30 has been an awesome boat. I to was a little skeptical of the Islander brand and was considering a Catalina 30. In retrospect after 6 years I'm glad I bought the Islander.
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