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Specialist brokers for Island Packet Yachts in the UK, based in our London and Southampton, with first hand expert knowledge of the European IP marketplace and thousands of miles of IP sailing.   We sell more used IPs’ in Europe than any other EU broker and are trusted by IP owners to sell their boats.  IP ownership is possibly the very best investment that anyone with a sense of adventure and a cruising spirit will ever make in terms of safety, lifestyle and fun.

Since 1979, Island Packet Yachts have become the worldwide benchmark for blue-water cruising sailboats. With an aggregate log of millions of miles of cruising in all environments, from liveaboards sailing protected coastal waters to solo circumnavigations. Along with an unsurpassed record of customer satisfaction and award winning factory and dealer support, it’s no wonder Island Packet Yachts is ‘America’s Cruising Yacht Leader’.

All new boats now in build at the factory are pre-sold and offer an opportunity for owners to bespoke layout, materials and furnishings.

At the core of every Island Packet are unique design and construction features chosen with an unwavering focus on the demands of sailing offshore in safety and comfort.  Island Packet still retain all the desired amenities for enjoyable weekending and coastal cruising with family and friends.

A perfect example is the Full Foil Keel®, providing a combination of seakeeping, safety, strength, stability, performance and moderate draft unrivaled by any other keel configuration. This feature alone has been a major factor in Island Packet earning legendary status among experienced cruising sailors.





Island Packet boats for sale

Island Packet

Island Packet is a yacht brand that currently has 105 yachts for sale on YachtWorld, including 4 new vessels and 101 used yachts, listed by experienced boat and yacht brokers mainly in the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Grenada, Germany and Spain. Models currently listed on YachtWorld vary in size and length from 27 feet to 52 feet. Premiere models listed are rigged with motors up to an exceptional 113 horsepower, while lighter-weight models for sale may have as low as 15 horsepower engines (although the average motor size across all of our current listings is 44 HP).

Type of yachts by Island Packet

This builder offers boat hull types including monohull, displacement and other that are frequently used for traditional, time-honored boating pursuits such as overnight cruising, sailing and watersports. Island Packet equips models listed with inboard drive power options, available with diesel propulsion systems.

Often admired and relied upon for their Cruisers, Cutter, Sloop, Cruisers and Motorsailer, the Island Packet boats listed generally have a deeper-depth draft and very wide beam, characteristics that make them popular and a favorite for overnight cruising, sailing and watersports.

How much do Island Packet boats cost?

Island Packet boats for sale on YachtWorld are available for a swath of prices from $25,400 on the relatively more affordable end, with costs all the way up to $488,000 for the most advanced and biggest yachts in the world.

What Island Packet model is the best?

Some of the best-known Island Packet models currently listed include: 370, 27, 380, 31 and 35. Various Island Packet models are currently offered for sale by specialized yacht brokers, dealers and brokerages on YachtWorld, with listings ranging from 1982 year models up to 2022.

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Island Packet Yachts

Island Packet Yachts is an American builder of sailing and motor yachts, based in Largo, Florida. The incorporated name for the company is Traditional Watercraft, Inc. Production facilities are located on nine acres of ground with 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of covered manufacturing space in central Pinellas County.[1]

According to the company's website, the name Island Packet Yachts is a subsidiary of Traditional Watercraft, Inc., founded by naval architect Bob Johnson. Johnson is currently CEO and owner of the company.[2]


After earning his master's degree in naval architecture from MIT in 1967, Johnson did a brief stint with McDonnell-Douglas in California working in their missile design department before heading to Florida where he joined Irwin Yachts as a plant supervisor. He also worked on several cruising and racing designs for Irwin before leaving to join Endeavour Yachts as head designer. In 1978 he left Endeavour to build yachts of his own design, beginning with a sharpie sailboat known as the "Lightfoot 21".[citation needed]

When the Bombay Trading Company, another Florida boatbuilder, went bankrupt in 1979, Johnson bought the molds for the Bombay Express, a 26-foot (7.9 m) cruising sailboat. Modifying the yacht's interior, sailplan and underbody, Johnson produced his first yacht and called it, very simply, the "Island Packet". The name stuck and soon every model was known as an Island Packet. In most cases, the size designation followed "Island Packet".[citation needed]

Today, over 2,200 Island Packets have been built and can be found sailing throughout the world. Known for Johnson's modern interpretation of a traditional full keel (he calls it the Full Foil Keel) the range of models is recognized by their shallow draft, spacious accommodations and rugged build.[citation needed]

Island Packet models have won several industry awards over the years, including seven Cruising World magazine "Boat of the Year" awards and three SAIL magazine "Best Boats" awards. Johnson is also the recipient of the 1999 "Industry Award for Leadership" presented by SAIL magazine.[3]

In mid April 2016 Traditional Watercraft was acquired by Hake Yachts who will build Island Packet, Blue Jacket, and Seaward yachts in the Largo Florida facilities.[4]


  • Sailboats (chronological order of introduction)[citation needed]
    • Island Packet (26 Mark I) -1980
    • Island Packet 26 (Mark II) -1982
    • Island Packet 31 -1983 - 1989
    • Island Packet 27 -1984 - 1992[5]
    • Island Packet 38 -1986 - 1995
    • Island Packet 35 - 1988 - 1994[6]
    • Island Packet 32 -1989 - 1995
    • Island Packet 29 -1981 - 1997[7]
    • Island Packet 44 -1991 - 1995
    • Packet Cat (35) -1992
    • Island Packet 40 -1993 - 1995
    • Island Packet 37 -1994 - 1995
    • Island Packet 45 -1995 - 1995
    • Island Packet 350 -1996–present
    • Island Packet 320 -1997–present
    • Island Packet 380 -1998–present
    • Island Packet 420 -1999–present
    • Island Packet 485 -2002–present
    • Island Packet 370 -2003–present
    • Island Packet 445 -2004–present
    • Island Packet 440 -2005–present
    • SP Cruiser -2006–present
    • Island Packet 465 -2007–present
    • Island Packet 460 -2008–present
    • Island Packet Estero -2009–present
    • Island Packet 360 -2011–present
  • Powerboats
    • Packet Craft (36) -2001–present
    • PY Cruiser -2006–present

See also[edit]



  • Sail Magazine July 2006 Pgs 64 - 67
  • Heart of GLASS, Fiberglass Boats And The Men Who Made Them by Daniel Spurr pages 244 - 250
  • PHRF of Southern California
  • "Full Keels and High Tech", Sailing Magazine, September 1992, John Kretschmer
  • The Island Packet 31", Practical Sailor, September 1991, pages 28–32
  • "Bob Johnson: a love affair with boat design", Florida Business/Tampa Bay, June 1987

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About Island Packet Yachts

Island Packet was founded in 1979 by Bob Johnston, an MIT graduate in Naval Architecture. After graduating as a mechanical engineer, he went to work for McDonnel Douglas developing missiles. His passion was sailing, and he pursued it by working at Endeavor and Irwin.

Bob realized there was no boat being produced with the traditional characteristics of a full keel vessel. He had watched sailboats develop into fin keel or modified keel designs, and realized there was a niche he wanted to develop.

Bob Johnston borrowed money to buy molds to build a 26 foot boat with a 10 beam! These are proportions more commonly found in Cat boats, but it is a successful formula that has been carried through over the decades.

The yard is located in Largo, Florida, and has it’s own woodshop and lake. Since 1979 they have built over 2500 boats in 26 different models.

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    Notations The different models each have their own unique characteristics, making even the older models desirable to cruisers who have specific needs.

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CHIMERA is a clean, well kept 2012 Island Packet 36 Estero consistently well maintained by its knowledgeable owner. Having been first commissioned in 2015, and first in service in 2016, she has been lightly used. With extremely low hours on her immaculate Yanmar engine, she is loaded with all the options you'd want: a one-owner beauty that is in sailaway condition. All that is needed is to pack your seabags! Priced aggressively and ready for immediate delivery. Offering spirited sailing performance with exceptional ease of use, unrivaled safety and seakeeping, benchmark construction quality, plus the livability, comfort and value has earned Island Packet Yachts a worldwide reputation as America’s Cruising Yacht Leader™. The Estero represents the best of everything learned in the company’s nearly forty year history. The Estero offers all of the quality, comforts and capabilities synonymous with Island Packet, with an increased emphasis on ease of use and innovative new features. A fully roller furling and self-tending sloop rig provides great performance with simple controls, making sailing easier and more enjoyable than ever.  Please call Marc Winder, mobile# (617)-750-4128 to arrange an appointment get aboard for your inspection.

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From their Full Foil Keel® with protected prop and rudder, to their roller furling cutter rig or Solent rig with Hoyt® boom, each aspect of every Island Packet has been carefully designed and built to maximize the safety and pleasure of the cruising lifestyle. Exclusive design features, proprietary material technologies, unmatched resale values and awardwinning customer service all combine to make Island Packet the benchmark for cruising yachts. Each Island Packet model is the result of the consistent application and continuing evolution of this philosophy, and this how Island Packet has grown to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of cruising yachts since its founding in 1979.

This worldwide recognition stems from a company that has always been proudly American-owned and their yachts designed and built in Largo, FL. At Island Packet they understand that the definition of “performance” in a cruising context goes well beyond boat speed and must include safe, simple, predictable, and see-kindly handling as well. That is why every model from Island packet Yachts is designed, engineered, and built to meet these exacting requirements. Each model embodies a host of proving design and construction features that have evolved from years of boatbuilding experience and feedback from thousands of experienced owners who have sailed the world in a variety of conditions. Their yachts also have an impressive track record of performance as evidenced by countless wins in offshore races and regattas throughout United States and Europe.

Now under new ownership, we are taking the traditions of the past and combining them with new innovations and customization options modern new boat buyer seeks

For information on pricing and the many options that are available, please contact us.



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