First in CruisingTM

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 while still retaining all the desired amenities for enjoyable weekending and coastal cruising with family and friends.

A perfect example is our 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 Yachts was featured in The World’s Best Sailboats, Vol. II, a collection of the finest designed and constructed sailboats in the world. This 282 page coffee table book with full color photography dedicates an entire chapter to IPY.

The World’s Best Sailboats

Volume II by Ferenc Máté, Tuscany, 2003

“Island Packet has been well recognized for its quality. It was the first U.S. sailboat builder (and still one of too few) to be certified under the strict new CE certification standards. The International Marine Certification Institute has awarded the entire range of Island Packet models its highest rating—Category-A, Ocean—meaning the boats qualify for ‘unlimited offshore use.’ It is an extremely thorough process that examines not only design and engineering but also construction and equipment details.

“Having a naval architect own a boatyard helps greatly in avoiding the common friction between designer and boat builder. At Island Packet, it’s most reassuring to see the knowledge, conscience, and concerns over seaworthiness, which are bred into a naval architect, win out over the judgment of the builder, whose opinions are too often compromised by the whims of the marketplace.

“Island Packet has, over the past twenty years, developed a following whose dedication borders on zeal, mostly because of the many practical details that Bob Johnson and his team have put into these classic-looking yachts. Bob is an avowed believer of making every penny count. [continue reading...]

Since 1979, Island Packet has become a worldwide benchmark for 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.