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Re: Island Packet 35

Originally Posted by VIEXILE View Post
Take this with a grain of salt. I remember helping take a rudder off an IP-38 years ago. It SEEMS like it was fastened to the hull with what appeared to be "too small" 1/4-20 bolts. The rudder had become unshipped in a grounding. At the time, I was close to buying an IP-35, but someone beat me to it. I needed another boat like a hole in the head anyway. But that was the area on the IP that, to me, was of most concern. A relatively easily unshipped rudder and not a lot of meat in those 1/4 20 bolts.
Some years ago now, an acquaintance of mine was buying an Island Packet and asked me about something he observed on the boat. That boat seemed to have a bent rudder post and and the metal horizontal member that appears to support he bottom of the rudder was loose. When you turned the rudder that plate moved horizontally due to the bent rudder post. In researching the cost of repairs he spoke to several yards to get estimates. Quite a few of the repair yards mentioned experiencing and repairing this condition on a number of different Island Packets of different sizes and that this was a common problem on Island Packets on the Chesapeake. The comments from the boatyards was that these were essentially post hung rudders that had the metal fitting solely to keep lines out of the prop and to take some of the fore and aft forces on the rudder. But the design of the boats made the rudders extremely vulnerable to damage since the bottom of the rudder was so close to the depth of the keel that it was likely to receive an impact in a grounding and freeing.

The take away was that the typical Island Packet rudder was very vulnerable to damage in a grounding.


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