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1986 Island Packet IP31 Center Board

Marathon, Florida, United States
$39,900 USD

This IP 31 Centerboard has a generous interior and you feel her solid construction which is much sought after in a liveaboard cruiser as this Island Packet delivers.

Wide beam affords a comfortable and classic sailing experience, particularly in shoal waters like that of the FL Keys where she currently resides.

She comes well outfitted with both wind and solar generators, a swim platform, dinghy davits, and an engine hoist included. Great boat to live on the hook or cruise without looking for the next anchorage too soon.

A dependable Single Yanmar 3GM30 27hp builds your confidence to take this blue water boat to the spots you have dreamed of.

She sports autopilot and as plotter/GPS and a well-thought-out navigation area to make your journey attainable.

If you’ve waited for an Island Packet for ocean adventures, this is the one.

This listing is presented by PopYachts.com. Visit their website for more information or to contact the seller.

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Specs

Designer
Robert K. Johnson
Builder
Island Packet Yachts
Association
Island Packet Yacht Owners
# Built
262
Hull
Monohull
Keel
Long
Rudder
?
Construction
FG
Also Known As
IP31

Dimensions

Length Overall
34 3 / 10.5 m
Length On Deck
31 0 / 9.5 m
Waterline Length
27 9 / 8.5 m
Beam
11 7 / 3.5 m
Draft
2 11 / 0.9 m 4 0 / 1.2 m
Displacement
11,000 lb / 4,990 kg
Ballast
4,500 lb / 2,041 kg

Rig and Sails

Type
Cutter
Reported Sail Area
530′² / 49.2 m²
Total Sail Area
530′² / 49.3 m²
Mainsail
Sail Area
238′² / 22.1 m²
P
33 11 / 10.4 m
E
14 0 / 4.3 m
Air Draft
43 6 / 13.3 m
Foresail
Sail Area
292′² / 27.2 m²
I
39 6 / 12 m
J
14 9 / 4.5 m
Forestay Length
42 2 / 12.9 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Yanmar
Model
22/27
HP
27
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
25 gal / 95 l
Engine Hours
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
70 gal / 265 l
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
6 3 / 1.9 m
Cabins
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
8.0 kn
Classic: 7.06 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Formula

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.02 knots
Classic formula: 7.06 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
17.1
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

Formula

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
17.14
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
Ballast/Displacement
40.9
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Formula

Ballast / Displacement * 100

40.9
<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
229.7
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

Formula

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
229.68
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
21.7
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Formula

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
21.67
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
2.1
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

Formula

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
2.09
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

Notes

From BlueWaterBoats.org:

The Island Packet 31, designed by Bob Johnson, founder of Island Packet Yachts, was the most risky and the most successful of the Island Packet lineage. Styled as a traditional cruiser but with more than a hint of broad hulled ‘catboat’ in her appearance, around 262 were produced between 1983 and 1989. She has the simplicity, roomy interior and shallow draft of the catboats, used for transport and fishing around the waters of the New England coast, as well as the wide ‘codhead’  hull.

The Island Packet 31 doesn’t come cheap for a 31 footer. Her huge interior and solid construction are a big part of her allure, notwithstanding the good name that the Island Packet Yachts brand has built. Not everyone is a fan of her unusual design but she’s considered to be a comfortable classic liveaboard yacht, particularly in shoal waters. Opinion is divided on whether she’s truly an offshore cruiser.

History

In 1979 in Largo, Florida, naval architect Bob Johnson, having designed boats for a number of years for other outfits such as Irwin and Endeavour, decided to set up on his own and began building small boats under the company name Traditional Watercraft Inc. In 1980, modifying old molds from an out-of-business Bombay Yachts, he created the Island Packet 26. The boat was marketed as the Mark I, Mark II and eventually the Island Packet 27 and was quite a success. In 1983 Bob took a leap of faith and put the company on the line essentially, in a time when many yacht builders were struggling to stay in business by designing the Island Packet 31 from scratch. His leap ended gracefully in 14 orders for the IP31 at the U.S. Sailboat show in Annapolis and saw the beginning of a seven year production run which only ended in 1989 with the advent of the Island Packet 32.

The excellent resale value of the Island Packet 31 on the used boat market reflects not only the popularity of the boat but also that of Island Packet Yachts. Over the years Island Packet have earned their place amongst the top producers of cruising yachts, not only for their proven designs but for the apparently outstanding level of customer service and support which they provide. It appears that no man with an Island Packet yacht is an island.

Configuration and Layout

Most Island Packet 31’s come with a double-headed sloop rig but 10% have the plain sloop rig that apparently works well with a 150% genoa. The quirky looks are bestowed by an almost perpendicular stern, short overhangs, sweeping sheer and a stubby bowsprit as well as the broad beam she carries almost throughout, with her maximum 11′ 6″ beam forward of amidships. On deck the flat expanse of cabin roof, full length hand rails and wide side decks make working safe and easy. The cockpit is generously sized at over 7ft but really too big for serious offshore sailing.

Inside, she’s light and airy and has the accommodation of a much bigger boat. There are some clever features such as the folding door/fold down chart table combo which can be used to close off the double quarter berth aft. Plenty of headroom above, a generous sized head, several hanging lockers and a full size wrap around galley fill out the plentiful available space.

Design and Construction

Island Packet market traditional designs married with modern construction techniques and although not a heavy boat, time has proven the IP31 solidly built. Island Packet use their own unique product, Polycore, for coring the deck and it appears to have stood the test of time with no reports of delamination. Although liners are used for the interior opinion has it that they are sensibly installed, leaving access to the bilges and other critical areas.

Below the water she carries Bob Johnson’s full foiled keel, a hallmark of Island Packets. It’s essentially a fin keel but stretched lengthways fore and aft into a long keel in a nod to enhancing performance while preserving a shallow draft. As a result draft is only 4′ and around 10% of 31’s were built with centerboards, reducing the draft to 3′ feet. The keel is not fastened to the hull but an integral part of it and according to Bob Johnson is something that’s at the heart of an Island Packet.

Under Sail

Like the catboat, the Island Packet 31 is not renowned for her windward performance. Not unexpected with her unusual volume distribution and large wetted surface area. However, thanks to her short bowsprit she can carry a decent amount of sail and with her long waterline she’s apparently capable of reaching at 6 knots. She’s well balanced with good directional stability but not very responsive. Owner’s report that she’s easy to single hand and is stiff enough to carry maximum sail in up to 20 knots. Light air performance is disappointing. Other owners report an unpleasant slow rolling motion under sail, particularly in chop, thanks to her large roll angles.

Buyer’s Notes

Island Packet 31’s are not cheap and their excellent resale value on the used boat market means they usually sell fairly quickly. A current search of the used boat market reveals prices from 45,500 to 67,800 US dollars depending on age and condition. Buyers should note that the Island Packet 31 is challenging to manoeuvre under power, particularly in reverse. A few incidents of blistering have arisen but there are no major problems with this boat.

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