The development of every new IP model entails a challenge to evolve the design in ways that will further increase its appeal and enjoyment for new owners while retaining the fundamental attributes that are consistently held as “most important” by our current owners. I feel the new Island Packet 360 does both, maintaining our yachts’ position of being in a class by themselves among cruising sailboats.
Perhaps the most frequently mentioned quality that makes an Island Packet our owner’s singular choice among all boats is our exemplary reputation for “safety and seakeeping”. A fundamental reason for this is Island Packet’s exclusive Full Foil Keel® , and the new 360 continues with this unique design feature, providing a combination of features and benefits for the cruising sailor that is unrivaled by any other keel configuration:
• Integral hull and keel with encapsulated internal ballast for maximum structural integrity and worry-free attachment concerns
• Moderate draft with industry best stability qualities
• Superb seakeeping on and off the wind with easy steering control and superior onboard comfort in a seaway
• Protection for rudder and prop from grounding and fouled lines or traps
• Double reinforced and gently sloped leading edge of the keel to deflect impact with submerged objects
• Full length multi-laminate ballast cap provides “double bottom” protection
• Highly evolved hull and keel shapes deliver winning sailing performance as proven in numerous offshore race victories
Second, and almost equal for “most valued quality” among our owners, is our high level of “comfort and livability”. I think the new 360 delivers on all counts in this regard. Two comfortable private staterooms are featured with easily accessed large berths and generous stowage areas. The spacious head compartment has separate entries from the saloon or the forward stateroom, a sink vanity, electric flush head and dedicated shower area with seat. The main saloon is open, bright and, with the hinged bulkhead mounted table able to be quickly dropped or stowed, is perfect for socializing, sharing meals or a quiet retreat. The large settee to port converts into a double berth and — a first for an IP interior — two comfortable reclining and swiveling arm chairs to starboard add a new level of luxury and comfort to the saloon and nav/office area (a settee is available in lieu of chairs for those preferring this arrangement). The galley features twin refrigeration compartments, either or both of which may be used as a freezer at the push of a button, a gas range, microwave oven (AC) and generous storage areas above and below the counter. Because our integral keel requires no interior access for keel bolt inspection or related keel attachment maintenance and repair issues, all tankage on the 360 can be centrally located below the cabin sole in single large tanks, significantly increasing available stowage elsewhere in the yacht, minimizing trim changes with varying tank levels and lowering the center of gravity for improved stability. Eleven opening ports, numerous deck hatches and two Dorade vents keep the interior fresh and bright.
Comfort and livability features extend above deck also, and the full length cockpit seats with ergonomic backrests and separate raised helm seat make this area particularly inviting. All frequently used sail control lines are accessible from the security of the cockpit, making sailing more enjoyable and stress free than ever. Full length raised bulwarks and cabin top handrails, a generous forepeak with deck access for ground tackle and related gear and Island Packet’s patented SeaSafe™ captive anchor roller make mooring, docking and anchoring especially convenient.
Among the many other features that our owners value, the cutter rig is always near the top of the list. The reasons for its inclusion on the 360 are its versatility, ease of use and the added performance provided by the Hoyt Boom® equipped staysail. The patented Hoyt Boom is self-tending when tacking and self-vanging on all points of sail, measurably enhancing performance while simplifying sail handling. The sailing performance capability of Island Packets has been well proven by our owners’ numerous offshore race victories over the years in all types of sailing conditions. While I take great pleasure in their accomplishments in competition, I am equally proud of the large and continually growing roster of IP owners who have made transoceanic passages or completed circumnavigations of the world, often with just a couple as crew. The glowing feedback from these and all of our owners has been an invaluable resource for the continual improvement and evolution of each new model.
Of course, the IP360 also benefits from our longstanding reputation in the industry as a leader in construction quality, encompassing proprietary materials and methods as well as benchmark fit, finish, and attention to detail. Island Packet is the only company to offer a three year “stem-tostern” new boat warranty, plus extended 10-year warranty coverage for osmotic blisters and deck core deterioration, reflecting the confidence in our construction technologies. Extraordinary quality assurance procedures and customer care efforts have resulted in numerous national customer satisfaction awards and unrivaled value to the buyer/owner worldwide. The new Island Packet 360 is the direct beneficiary of 30 plus years of our combined design, build and sailing experience, offering the buyer a uniquely qualified vessel for fun weekend getaways or extended cruising to new ports of call.
Regards, Bob Johnson, N.A.