Island Packet Announces the IP 460
May 2008, Largo, FL
I’d like to begin my comments on the new Island Packet 460 by first reviewing a bit of IP history. Our first aft cockpit, two-stateroom, two-head design was the IP38, which made its debut in 1986. This was a brand new arrangement concept introduced to the sailboat market at that time and has since been adopted by virtually all builders. More than two decades later this market segment continues to be very active for Island Packet.
A series of evolutions on this design have seen the creation of several of the most popular models in our history, starting with the 38 and followed by the 40, 420 and 440. Since the 440 was introduced in 2005 it has proven to be one of the most desirable cruising yachts that we’ve ever offered. However, we continue to find ways to improve on this concept, resulting in its evolution to the new 460.
The new 460 features the addition of a traditional transom stern with a large aft deck area suitable for sun bathing or deck stowage. Gasketed and drained bins on either side of the aft deck hold LPG bottles and miscellaneous gear. A central hatch opens to a ladder leading down into a very large lazarette that includes a platform for the optional generator. Cockpit seat hatches give access to a storage tray to port and a deeper bin to starboard.
An attractive fiberglass and teak transom mounted platform makes stern boarding safe and simple, with the under mounted retractable swim ladder providing emergency reboard capability as well. A hot and cold transom shower provides a touch of outdoor luxury. The main boom has been extended by two feet, increasing the sail area of an already spirited performer, and our optional ExtendoBoom™ allows hoisting items on board when passagemaking.
A host of notable new interior features include an upholstered swing out navigation seat, controlled with the push of a button. A tilt out chart bin outboard of the seat also contributes to the roominess and convenience of this versatile area.
The most notable changes to the interior, however, are in the aft stateroom. Although perhaps still considered the guest cabin, the newly configured space in this area has allowed for a berth that is the largest of any previous IP. Center access makes getting in and out easy, and an impressive amount of easily accessible storage is found underneath the berth. Engine access has been further enhanced as well.
A number of nice detail features have also been added. A lockable “ship’s papers” drawer is located behind a seat back in the main saloon and will work great for keeping the owner’s manual and other important paperwork handy yet secure. The galley dish rack has been enlarged and an additional storage cabinet for wine and drinking glasses is now built in outboard of a settee, allowing for more storage of crew rations.
By combining all the features and benefits of its predecessors along with a number of significant new improvements, detail refinements and added visual appeal, I think we can expect continued popularity for this newest Island Packet. Production is already underway and the first shipments are planned for the major US and UK fall shows.
– Bob Johnson, N.A