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The pint-sized progenitor of the ip line boasts devoted owners and solid resale value. it's a lot of cruising comfort in a small space..

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More than 20 years ago, backhoes and bulldozers hacked a factory plot out of the mangroves in Largo, FL and Island Packet Yachts was born. The company was started by Bob Johnson, an MIT graduate and naval architect who had worked on missiles for the Navy. In those days there were plenty of “rockets” being built: It was the heyday of the IOR-inspired racer/cruiser. But when Johnson left aerospace he had a different model in mind. Rather than putting bunks in a de-tuned race-winner or sails on a husky trawler, he and his infant company swam against the fin-keeled flow—they created a cruiser built on a modernized version of the traditional long keel.

That boat was stubby, full-transomed, roomy, shoal, and distinctively vanilla. And she was a hit. Suitable for taking across to the Bahamas, gunkholing the Gulf and Keys, and exploring the waterways, she was appreciated first by Floridians. Larger than expected, better-crafted than most small cruisers, and overbuilt in pleasing ways, she came to appeal to a wider world. Priced well above most auxiliaries her size, she nonetheless carved her own niche (29 boats sold in the first two years).

Her success put Island Packet on the map. Introduced in 1980 and originally known as the Island Packet 26, the boat went through a Mark II version before becoming, in 1984, the Island Packet 27. That evolution saw some ballast refinements and interior changes, but those normal tweakings were overshadowed by the fact that sailors in profitable numbers were coming to embrace Johnson’s vision.

Island Packet 27

As of today, more than 2,000 sailboats have been built at the Largo plant. Current production models are the IP 350, 380, 420, 485, and the Packet Craft 360 powerboat.

Chunky, vanilla-milkshake, bow-spritted auxiliaries dot the anchorages of the world, and several have circumnavigated. IP has prospered while many of the companies (purveyors of fin-keels and full) that once dotted the waterfront have folded.

Johnson and his pioneering people built and sold 249 IP 27s before discontinuing the boat (in favor of the IP 29) in 1992. The chubby little boat with the big long keel started it all.

Today, with a price tag that reflects both the material put into her and the acceptance that she has won, she is not a bargain. Nonetheless, especially when you shop in terms of cubic space, price per pound, and durability, the Island Packet 27 is still an excellent place to look for used boat value.

Design Johnson has introduced a new boat virtually every year. He has developed and brought to market over a dozen new auxiliaries since starting with the IP 27, but the basic elements haven’t changed very much. He’s won five various “Boat of the Year” awards in the past five years, and those awards would seem to reflect his continuing ability to deliver on the promise of his earliest work, rather than celebrate anything radical in terms of a departure, at least in monohull sailboats.

Johnson’s philosophy as a boatbuilder, and the popularity of his boats, is based largely on his “Full Foil Keel®” concept, which incorporates both modern design techniques and modern marketing ideas.

The merits and demerits of full-length keels have been discussed in these pages before, as well as in other sailing magazines, but we can revisit the general argument here.

Long-keeled boats are made today by only a handful of builders, and Johnson is certainly foremost among them, in terms of boats built and sold. According to one argument, the reason there are fewer full-keeled boats being built today is that modern technology and materials have allowed us to build fin-keeled boats, which are swifter and more efficient—and long-keelers have simply become obsolete.

The long-keel crowd thereupon gets ornery and says, first of all, that relative efficiency depends very much on conditions, and that, in any case, efficiency alone isn’t the point.

The “fin” versus “long” argument may well be fruitless or endless, but if there are any cooler heads left at the end of it we’d hope they might agree: Keels are meant to 1. provide lift, 2. provide righting moment, and 3. offer as little drag as possible. Fin keels do sometimes loosen and fall off. They do lead to pounding and grounding and shallow bilges—but there isn’t much doubt that when it comes to doing all of the essential jobs that keels are meant to do on sailboats, fin keels are runaway victors in any comparison. You get more lift, less drag, and a more effective righting arm, pound for pound, when the keel runs down vertically rather than horizontally.

Cool heads must acknowledge that there are more performance parameters than those dealing only with efficiency. There’s the tendency of a long-keeled boat to be more comfortable in a seaway, and its ability to track straight, easing the helmsman’s burden. A full keel offers housing for a centerboard, which improves performance and achieves shallow draft. (The IP 27 draws just 2′ 8″ with her board up.) Encapsulated ballast doesn’t fall off or out, and a full-keeled boat can be careened on a distant beach for painting or repairs.Finally, there’s the strength of construction that yields a sense of solidity and safety often mentioned by IP owners.

Long keels were fading fast when Johnson introduced the IP 27. Few who gave Johnson’s little cruiser a look failed to come away impressed with her headroom, elbow room, stowage, and general liveability. Most who contemplated going to sea in a boat so small came easily to appreciate the 27’s robust construction, simple systems, efficient layout, and workable sailplan.

Many elements have been a part of Island Packet’s success, but hydrodynamics seem much less a factor to us than build quality, liveability, and detailing. One thing is sure: Johnson’s customers want his boats badly and are willing to pay top dollar for them.

Says IP Director of Sales and Marketing Bill Bolin, “Bob knows all about computers, but he prefers the duck weights and French curves and a blank sheet of paper. IPs aren’t cookie cutter designs, it’s just that the elements that we think make a good boat haven’t changed. Bob believes in U-shaped sections.”

U-shaped sections offer a good trade-off between payload and performance. Starting with the 27 and continuing with her big sisters, Johnson has drawn hull shapes that were spectacularly long on interior volume but somewhat short on hydrodynamic refinement. Deep U-shaped sections afford good payload but when you round out the turn of the bilges you give away form stabilty. Stability is important to cruisers, and Island Packets are stiff boats. For that Johnson relies on abundant ballast. By toting 3,000 pounds of lead around (after 250 pounds were added to the original boat) the 27 earns a quite-effective ballast/displacement of 38 per cent. In his larger boats, Johnson has made the percentage of ballast even greater (and lowered the center of gravity).

When you combine the additions in weight plus the reductions in horsepower (due to a relatively low-aspect rig that minimizes heeling moment), however, you begin to get an idea of the “costs” of stability in terms of liveliness under sail. If you follow the numbers you can see that her 16.7 sail area/displacement ratio signals sailing that’s less than sizzling, and that’s what the majority of her owners report, especially in light air. Take a three-bladed prop, a relatively blunt entry, and wetted surface enough to be very discouraging, and you have further reasons why Island Packet owners tend to reach for the ignition when the breeze gets wispy.

Accommodation Time and again, owners that we’ve talked to call their boats “the biggest little 27-footer ever.” There’s not much doubt that one of the things to like best about this pocket cruiser is that she expands the cruising envelope for boats of her type. The 27 was followed by the innovative 31, whose tri-cabin set-up made her seem miles bigger than her actual size. Though that approach (quarterberth aft to starboard, big saloon with fold-down table, big galley to port of the companionway, head and closets between the “rooms,” and a jumbo platform double forward) is there with the 27, she offers, in fact, nothing revolutionary. She just makes superlative use of the beam and the height afforded below.

One of the things that helped move Island Packet out of the mangroves and into the main stream was “big boat” joinery. The 27 stands out from other production boats of her era in terms of well-chosen woods, matched grains, mitred corners, pleasing trim.

Builders before Johnson most often made price the principal arbiter in their smaller boats. That’s another area where Island Packet broke away, and it is another key to the company’s success.

The IP 27, like her siblings, exhibits what we’d have to call a certain décor belowdecks. There’s definitely a “designing mind” at work here. One owner even said, “only a woman could have combined comfort, style, ventilation, and roominess with such flair.”

Not that the gender issue should become a sore point, but the upholstery, furniture, and decorative touches are powerful and distinctive. Because Island Packet provides few (originally no) options for upholstery, fabrics, and trim, that powerful and distinctive box is yours to live in. Island Packets all look much alike below. We’re not necessarily at odds with that look—we just wonder what we might do if we were.

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There’s plenty of well-planned stowage space: positive catches on the lockers, drawers, and cubbies—shelves with high fiddles. The 27 goes well beyond the “throw-it-below” and “camping out” approaches that long characterized small cruisers. And the quarterberth makes a great sea berth. That is, in fact, what quarterberths are meant to be.

Some owners felt that 30 gallons of water wasn’t enough, and there were others who put in a bid for a larger holding tank. Some said the helm station was too small, but one reported, “We just had a party of 12 aboard for drinks. The people from the bigger boats always seem to come to us.” And there’s the Connecticut owner of a 1985 boat who reported “all the surprises that we’ve had have been pleasant ones.”

From our interviews we’ve found that the people who cruise Island Packet 27s have an extraordinarily high degree of satisfaction with the liveability and comfort provided by their boats.

Construction Step aboard this 27-footer and there’s no “bobbly” smallboat sensation. At 8,000 pounds she sits solid in the water. The Island Packet 27 displaces as much as 3,000 pounds more than rival auxiliaries of her size and averages about 1,500 pounds heavier than the boats available in her class in 1980. Her big-boat feel and heavyweight status come from the way she’s built. Her long keel may set her apart from the crowd, but rugged construction is another Island Packet hallmark, and it all started here.

The hull is solid, made from a layer of mat and layers of knitted cloth. The forward edge of the keel is built up to almost an inch of solid glass in order to withstand impact. Blistering seems not to have been a big problem with the IP 27s ; of the more than 30 owners we questioned, not one has encountered the pox. An IP 31 owner who was less fortunate, however, told us that grinding blisters away and re-coating the hull was “a relatively simple proposition due to the thickness and quality of the hull laminate.”

Island Packet hulls are reinforced with structural grids. Typical of Johnson’s fusion of the new and the tried-and-true, these precisely engineered structures are built of plywood floor timbers that run athwartships and are glassed to the hull. They are then covered with a fiberglass pan that forms the cabin sole. Used in racing boats, grids let you save weight. Used in high-volume production boats, they help streamline construction. Used at Packet’s “semi-custom” pace and built up in hulls that are hardly weight-sensitive, the grid, as Johnson interprets it, creates an unyielding backbone for the boat. We noted the absence of creaks and flexing, and the bulkheads are built on this solid foundation.

As rugged as the 27 was, she had some problems. Chief among them was cracking in the hull laminate when boats were point-loaded (as in on a jackstand or a reef). Crazing of the gelcoat on the deck was another annoyance with the first boats. The decks are cored (with a factory-developed material still in use after 22 years) and joined (via a solid lip) to an inward-turning flange atop the hull. The joint was bonded with 3M 5200 sealant and clinched with stainless bolts on 6-inch centers. No leaks have been reported to us.

Hardware is attached, as it should be, with aluminum backing plates, and those areas of the deck are solid to avoid crushing the core under load. This system has worked well over the decades, but several owners have reported that they needed to re-bed their chainplates to stop leaks.

Performance You might expect a boat that is heavy and carries a short rig to be at her worst in light air. The owners of the IP 27 have found that to be true. They gave her a composite rating of “poor” in light-air sailing.

On the other hand, with a long waterline, well-faired hull sections, and a shape with effective sail-carrying power, you might expect the Island Packet to reach well, and you’d be right. One of her larger sisters, an Island Packet 35, won a recent Marion-Bermuda Race by sailing fast with the wind on the beam. “We run away from larger boats,” report many owners. When the wind is free the IP 27 is rewarding. The (optional) cutter rig is at its best in these conditions. With the wind on the beam that additional sail area (via the staysail) can boost boatspeed between 10 and 20 percent.

Sailing upwind is not the 27’s strong suit. Wide sheeting angles are one problem. Lack of “bite” from a low-lift keel is another. Short-tacking the boat (even without the problems of feeding a large genoa through the small space between stays on the cutter rig) isn’t always easy. Upwind the staysail adds windage but hardly any drive. And it’s obviously in the way. “It’s sometimes tricky to get her to sail through a tack,” says one owner. Acceleration is slow, which compounds the lack of lift and inefficient steerage, and usually creates an overabundance of heeling moment. Factor in the relatively blunt entry of the beamy hull and you’re not going upwind fast.

A three-bladed prop and the standard Yanmar 2GMF20 offer a pretty good substitute. “We’re faster under power than Catalina 30s and 36s,” brags one IP skipper. Powering astern isn’t so easy, say several owners. Given her underwater configuration you can see why reversing the IP 27 is more of a challenge than backing down in split-underbody auxiliaries.

“It would have been a good idea to put an access panel in the quarterberth so I could get at the starboard side of the engine,” says a Texas sailor. “I would have appreciated a drain plug on the bottom of the oil pan,” says an owner from Maine.

“If I ever need to work on the fuel pump I’ll have to pull the engine,” adds a third from Chesapeake Bay.

Still, most IP owners have good things to say about their diesels.

Conclusions Like all used boats, the IP 27 offers experiences to learn from: “Don’t even bother with the c(l)utter rig and get the big (130-percent) genny, not the little (110) one.” “Upgrade the primary winches and make them self-tailing.”

Unlike some owner groups, the Island Packet family is virtually unanimous in praising the factory. Johnson, Bolin, and company they head receive high marks from virtually every angle. Owners repeatedly spoke to us of their hustle, intelligence, fairness, and expertise. The boat that they began with certainly struck a chord.

That resonance had something to do with updating the venerated long keel and making it “fly,” but we think integrity was the key to the success of the IP 27 (and the line that she started). We mean, first of all, the physical integrity of an overbuilt, robust, pounds-per-dollar value; also the “walking the walk” integrity of a boat that can actually cruise far afield at 27 feet, and finally the day-to-day integrity of a company working to make and keep those values real.

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Can you beach an IP 27 or 26 with their swing keel like you can a southerly? I need a good shallow water cruiser that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Have you done a review of the Island Packet 29? I cant find a review, and there isn’t much mention on the net. I have an IP29. I would be happy to provide my opinion. Captain Harry

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Island Packet 27

Island Packet 27 is a 26 ′ 6 ″ / 8.1 m monohull sailboat designed by Robert K. Johnson and built by Island Packet Yachts between 1984 and 1992.

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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.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

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

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.

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.

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.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

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.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

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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.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

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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.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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Island packet 27

The island packet 27 is a 26.5ft cutter designed by bob johnson and built in fiberglass by island packet yachts between 1984 and 1992., 243 units have been built..

The Island packet 27 is a moderate weight sailboat which is a reasonably good performer. It is stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a coastal cruiser. The fuel capacity is originally very small. There is a very short water supply range.

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If you are a boat enthusiast looking to get more information on specs, built, make, etc. of different boats, then here is a complete review of ISLAND PACKET 27. Built by Island Packet Yachts and designed by Robert K. Johnson, the boat was first built in 1984. It has a hull type of Long Keel and LOA is 8.08. Its sail area/displacement ratio 16.25. Its auxiliary power tank, manufactured by Yanmar, runs on Diesel.

ISLAND PACKET 27 has retained its value as a result of superior building, a solid reputation, and a devoted owner base. Read on to find out more about ISLAND PACKET 27 and decide if it is a fit for your boating needs.

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Boat specifications, sail boat calculation, rig and sail specs, auxillary power tank, accomodations, contributions, who designed the island packet 27.

ISLAND PACKET 27 was designed by Robert K. Johnson.

Who builds ISLAND PACKET 27?

ISLAND PACKET 27 is built by Island Packet Yachts.

When was ISLAND PACKET 27 first built?

ISLAND PACKET 27 was first built in 1984.

How long is ISLAND PACKET 27?

ISLAND PACKET 27 is 7.39 m in length.

What is mast height on ISLAND PACKET 27?

ISLAND PACKET 27 has a mast height of 9.14 m.

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Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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