|The Estero's interior arrangements represent a departure from past Island Packet designs with its main saloon situated forward of the mast in an "open-U" configuration. The central drop-leaf table with two storage bins keeps this area open for socializing or, with drop leaves extended, makes for comfortable dining with guests. Each settee is suitable for use as a single berth, or with the table dropped to berth height and an optional set of filler cushions this area makes into either one or two double berths. Because tanks for water, fuel and holding are located below the cabin sole, generous storage is provided elsewhere throughout the interior including under the seat and berth cushions and behind the forward settee backrest.
Amidships, a U-shaped galley to port provides a host of desirable features. Deep polished double stainless steel sinks, gimbaled 2-burner range with oven, ample storage above and below countertops, plus a dish rack, cutlery drawers, pull-out trash bin and a microwave oven should please weekend sailors as well as those making extended cruises. Large, well insulated iceboxes are built with twin gasketed and latching countertop lids. A deep drawer below the icebox and a locker under the stove hold larger items as well. In recognition that some owners will choose to spend longer periods aboard the Estero, an optional package that includes refrigeration and freezer systems with an upgraded electrical system is available.
Opposite the galley to starboard is the spacious head compartment with separate shower stall and seat. The vanity with sink has several storage areas, plus additional room is available in a cabinet outboard. The shower area, provided with overhead hooks, may double as a wet locker when needed. Aft of the head and to starboard of the companionway is the quarter berth cabin and navigation station. A pocket door on an overhead track closes off this area when desired, and the hinged chart table drops to provide an open area forward of the berth. Ample cabinetry is provided for the master electric panels plus a variety of owner/dealer installed electronic items including a typical chartplotter. A tilt-out chart storage bin is located below the nav table, and a bureau and shelf are built-in outboard of the large berth. Aft of the galley and to port of the companionway is the private owner's stateroom featuring a large double berth with innerspring mattress, hanging locker, bureau, shelf and a full length mirror. Near the companionway is a courtesy light switch to illuminate the companionway ladder and electrical and battery panels. Crib boards stow conveniently in a nearby rack. Excellent engine access is provided with a removable panel behind the companionway ladder and through a hinged door and lift-off cover in the port stateroom. Extensive sound insulation and gasketing minimizes sound levels. A teak grate with dustpan at the base of the companionway ladder also provides bilge access, and sole surfaces in the galley, nav area and head are molded slip resistant patterns for safety and ease of maintenance. The forward saloon has a varnished teak and holly sole, and the aft port stateroom is carpeted with a marine berber. Cabinetry, trim and bulkheads are a combination of varnished hardwoods and high pressure laminates that make for a bright, attractive and functional interior consistent with Island Packet's high standards. Generous tankage includes a heavy wall, marine aluminum fuel tank and Thermo-Cure vinylester resin infused water and holding tanks.