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02-28-2014 04:36 PM
Re: Islander 29

Hi Folks,
I have a 1966 I-29 which I purchased in 2001, and I still love it. Sails great, built like a tank, some upgrades over the years, but worth the effort. Mine has a Volvo 2002. I haven't seen any out on the Chesapeake Bay.
03-03-2013 12:45 PM
Re: Islander 29--Yanmar repower?

Hi again Islander 29 owners. Still trying to contanct other owners in/near the SF Bay area for exchange of ideas, hints, experiences etc. Want to hook up with anyone who has a Yanmar 2GM type diesel in their Islander 29. I have removed the Atomic Bomb and would love to check out the installation of engine bed and motor in another 29. If you know of one, please pass along info on getting a few pics and measurements. Thanx!
10-18-2012 06:38 AM
Re: Islander 29

You're welcome, Nick! Let us know how your maintenance projects go.


10-18-2012 06:20 AM
Nick Johnsson
Re: Islander 29

Thanks for your input Tom it's most helpfull. I'm at work currently with a very poor internet connection, hence the slow reply.
Take care, nick.
10-14-2012 10:27 PM
Re: Islander 29

I have a 1966 Islander 29, Hull #93. I understand that some owners have moved their chainplates outboard, rather than through the deck. For many reasons I would like to look into doing that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

On the information re: not making I-29s until 1968, that is when they made several changes internally, at least according to several people that I have talked to, including one who used to wire them at the factory.
08-08-2012 08:37 AM
Re: Islander 29

Nick, the last time Byrd151 posted was January of 2011. He may not be monitoring the boards any longer. Similarly, BrentPD has only two posts -- he may have gotten what he needed and moved on. He last posted only two months ago, though, so he might still be monitoring. But let's talk about chain plates.

Good for you! Inspecting the chain plates on a boat of that age is wise. Stainless is subject to crevice corrosion where it is oxygen deprived, and that slowly eats away at the metal. Less metal, less strength. Important stainless steel items on a boat that can suffer from crevice corrosion include chain plates and keel bolts. If chain plates fail, you can lose your mast. If the keel bolts fail, you will probably lose your entire boat. Your model of Islander 30 was designed by McGlassen himself and differs from mine so I don't know how your keel is attached. I hope it is the encapsulated type, in which case there are no keel bolts.

While I can't help you with your specific year and model of Islander, I can point to some good posts that address the general subject. Here's one that leads to blog about how the owner did it. This posting contains some great advice from Sailingdog, who was one of the most highly respected contributors on the board while he was here. Here's some more insight on the chain plate setup.

Finally, I wanted to include some how-to posts on rebedding your chain plates to guard against crevice corrosion. There is not universal consensus on what to use for the rebedding, but butyl tape has worked for me and is recommended by senior members of these boards. Take a look at this one. Just so you know, not all butyl tape is created equal. The stuff you can buy at hardware stores isn't very stretchy or sticky, traits you really need in abundance for pieces that move around some, such as chain plates. You can buy the best butyl tape from Mainesail here on this board at a very reasonable price. Use this Mainesail posting to do so. Mainesail is also one of the most respected people on this site and does boat maintenance professionally. Be sure to read through his maintenance articles. There's also one for rebedding deck hardware using butyl tape.


08-08-2012 06:16 AM
Nick Johnsson
Re: Islander 29

I just joined sailnet so can't post private messages yet. I would like to get in contact with Brentpd as I just bought a 1969 Islander 30 up in Vancouver Canda.
Byrd151, I also have chain plate issues with my 30, what did you do to make your chain plates bullet proof?

I am most interested in getting in touch with any '68 or '69, Islander 29 or 30 owners in BC or the Pacific Northwest.

Regards, Nick.
08-02-2012 02:41 AM
Re: Islander 29

One of the boats we are going to look at is a 1965. But now reading they were only built in 68/69. We are completely new to sailing and probably should be looking at something newer, but something about these older boats and their construction allures me. Once you putter around and make it yours, you can have an nice boat for years. Here is the link, let me know what you all think please.

Islander29 - St. Catharines Sailboats For Sale - Kijiji St. Catharines Canada.
06-18-2012 08:16 AM
Re: Islander 29


Welcome to the Sailnet community! You'll find a great deal of info here, not to mention a variety of opinions and a variety of opinions.

I see in Sailboatdata that your boat was designed by the company's founder, Joeseph McGlassen. Your '68 Islander 30 is a raised deck version of the 29, and '68 is the first year they were made. There aren't very many of them because they also had a run of only two years. I don't know a lot about your model and couldn't tell you whether your interior had been modified. You might be able to tell from the drawings of your model in

Two years later, Islander began a long run of highly successful 30 footers that all shared the same hull but different interior layouts. These, however, are not the same hull as your 30.

Brent, Krusty, and Luc,

I don't know very much about your models. I'm interested in your thoughts on how they sail. Talk to me about the sails you have and what kinds of speeds you see in various tacks at a given wind speed. When do you furl and reef?

Having asked that of you, I'll pass on my own observations. My Islander Bahama 30 (a Bob Finch design) is a very forgiving boat but is a little tender. I need to start furling my 127% jib starting at about 11 kts of wind and need to reef the main at about 15 kts. Otherwise, it starts developing some significant weather helm and heels excessively (and slows down). In a 10 kt breeze, I manage about 5 kts on a beat and 6.5+ on a reach. At 12kts and higher I'll get to 7 to 7.2 kts on a reach, depending on how flat the water is. I am delighted that my relatively heavy coastal cruiser manages those speeds.

That said, it took me a good year of sailing it to figure out the best way to shape the sails to achieve best speed, and it took a change of head sail to the current 127% genoa (from a 155% genoa) to get the speeds I quoted. The old genoa is great in 5 kts and below but has to be furled so much in decent wind that it spoils the sail shape, and that huge cylinder of material ruins air flow over the leading edge. My boat develops the majority of its power from the jib rather than the main. The standard jib is 256 sq ft vs the 194 sq ft main, so of course the difference is even more pronounced with a genoa. Clearly, having a great head sail is critical to good sailing on the 30-2 and Bahama 30 models.

Enjoy your Islander!


06-18-2012 01:42 AM
Re: Islander 29

Thanks for all of the links here Dacap06. I have a '68 Islander 30 and I've experienced the same lack of information on the internet. Furthermore, the one boat that I have found that is similar has a different salon than mine. I'm wondering if mine was altered at some point to put in the wood burning stove...I've only had the boat about 8 or 9 months.
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