Island Packet has launched its newest and now smallest design in the form of the IP 360, which replaces the previous 350 model. The hull is the same as the Estero that was introduced a few years ago, but the rig and interior layout bring this design back to the more traditional Island Packet family standards.
The construction is pure Island Packet, with a one-piece hull and encapsulated keel (which means no keel bolts) and a skeg-hung rudder. The full keel is key to stability and safety in open water. (For manoeuvring in tight docking situations, it would benefit from the optional bow thruster.) The layup is solid glass in both the hull and the deck, which contributes to strength but also to the nearly 20,000 pounds of displacement.
Besides its trademark beige gelcoat, another IP standard is the versatile cutter rig. The Estero offered only a 100% self-tacking jib designed to make shorthanded sailing easy. The IP 360 returns to the overlapping genoa and staysail arrangement, which provides the skilled sailor with more sail combinations.
Down below, Island Packet also returned to its roots, departing from the new saloon-in-the bow concept that was introduced in the Estero. The standard interior layout includes two cabins and one head with a shower stall. A U-shaped galley to starboard has a two-burner propane stove/oven, a double sink, and Frigoboat keel-cooled refrigeration.
To port is an L-shaped settee and drop-leaf table that folds up neatly against the bulkhead when not in use, opening up the saloon nicely. To starboard, the standard layout includes two bucket armchairs with a tiny removable cocktail table in the middle. The optional straight settee that also forms the seat for the aft-facing nav station is a more practical use of space, and provides extra storage as well. The master cabin is a compact V-berth forward that has a private entrance to the head.
The IP 360 is powered by a 40-hp Yanmar three-cylinder, freshwater-cooled engine and V-drive. A feathering prop is optional. The engine is accessed via the removable companionway steps and a second access port is in the aft cabin to port. Fuel, water, and holding tanks are below the cabin sole to keep the center of gravity low and to maximize storage in other parts of the boat.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With this model, Island Packet returns to the design elements that have made their boats so popular with loyal owners. The 360 highlights IP’s traditional high standards and becomes the new entry-level model in their line of durable and low-maintenance offshore cruising yachts.
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