IP Estero Features

The award-winning 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 selftending sloop rig provides great performance with simple controls, making sailing more enjoyable than ever.


  • One-piece integral hull and keel of 100% hand laminated high modulus knitted fiberglass infused with a proprietary pressure-fed application system. Light ivory gelcoat with urethane painted boot stripe w/matching rubrail.
  • Fully encapsulated lead ballast forms double bottom over length of keel. No keel bolts to maintain, loosen or leak
  • Molded structural interior grid unit bonded with hull and interior bulkhead system to form unified structure.
  • Chainplates interlocked and bonded directly with hull structure for secure “belt-and-suspenders” installation.
  • PolyClad3® hull gel system includes ten year pro-rated limited warranty against osmotic blisters.
  • Deck laminate features Island Packet Yachts’ exclusive PolyCore®, virtually eliminating the potential for deck deterioration associated with other core materials. Includes a 10-year pro-rated limited warranty against deck core degradation or delamination, an industry exclusive.
  • Two-tone deck surfaces: light ivory with tan premium diamond pattern slip resistant surfaces.
  • One-piece deck attached to integral hull flange with bolts, lock nuts and urethane adhesive sealant. Hardware backed with aluminum plates where required.
  • Molded fiberglass headliner with textured finish.

Rig / Sails

  • Sails: in-mast vertically battened roller furling mainsail and roller furling jib in high modulus Dacron® with white UV sun panels.
  • Headsail roller furling system.
  • Main halyard led to Lewmar® Ocean Series 16C winch on mast. Mainsail roller furling and outhaul control lines led to cockpit through stoppers to Lewmar Ocean Series 30CST 2-speed winch. Main sheet and spare main halyard led aft to cockpit through stoppers to Lewmar Ocean Series 30CST winch. Boom vang/preventer. Main sheet traveler with 4:1 control system led to cockpit.
  • Hoyt Boom® equipped self-vanging jib for ease of handling, improved performance and superb adaptability to a wide range of wind and sea conditions.
  • Jib halyard led to Lewmar Ocean Series 16C winch on mast. Jib sheet led to cockpit via bridle system on foredeck and turning blocks to Lewmar Ocean Series 30CST winch on cabintop. Furling line led aft to cockpit mounted cleat.
  • Anodized aluminum mast and booms; wire rigging.
  • Mid-boom sheeting for unobstructed cockpit and dodger installations.
  • 10” lock-in chrome winch handle.

Cockpit / Deck

  • Ergonomically shaped cockpit seats over seven feet long, deep storage locker (starboard) and tray (port) under gasketed seat hatches, wide coamings with bins, molded & gasketed helm seat lifts for LPG tank storage access, four harness padeyes, two 2” cockpit scuppers, engine control panel adjacent to helm in covered alcove, hot and cold shower at transom.
  • Edson CD-i® geared rack and pinion steering system for superior reliability and control. Includes Ritchie® compass with custom Island Packet nav grid, s/s wheel with vinyl covering, pedestal guard, provisions for remote autopilot installation, single lever engine control with premium Glendinning® control cables, space for electronics installations, hinged fiberglass cockpit table.
  • Emergency tiller with storage brackets in locker.
  • Sliding companionway hatch with sea hood, interior latch and exterior hasp and lock. Knot, Depth and AWI/Wind Speed indicators -- Raymarine® – mounted in seahood instrument pod. Integrally molded dodger mount on cabin top. Solid sapele drop boards w/varnish finish, center drop board with fixed port and etched logo, board retaining pin, interior storage rack.
  • Wide recessed sidedecks and foredeck with protective bulwarks, drains to boot stripe, full length s/s cabin top handrails. Large anchor locker with overhead deck hatch, sealed bulkhead aft, drain to bilge with shutoff valve; divided rode bins with hooks for fenders/lines/gear.
  • Stern platform with swim ladder (accessible from water for emergency reboarding).
  • Wide integral bow platform with exclusive Island Packet designed and patented SeaSafe® anchor roller for fully captive, low-chafe chain/rode control. Quick anchor deployment and secure storage. Room for (optional) second roller and (optional) electric windlass.
  • Double, vinyl-coated lifelines and s/s bow and stern rails, s/s flagstaff and holder, two (2) Dorade-style vents with vinyl (or optional) s/s cowls with screens and plugs.
  • Stern and side gates with quick-release hooks, integral stern rail seats.
  • Boarding/swim ladder at stern gate.
  • Four 12” mooring cleats, two 10” spring line cleats, chocks and flush mount chafe guards.
  • High impact vinyl rubrail with s/s striker w/urethane painted to match boot stripe.


  • Main saloon forward with fixed drop-leaf table, swivels to allow easier access to both sides. Wrap around full length settees for socializing and dining. Optional filler cushion to convert area into large double berth. All saloon seating with ergonomically shaped multi-density cushions upholstered with leather-like material. Storage areas underneath seating, cedar-lined hanging locker, book shelves and lockers. Solid tongue and groove varnished sapele and oak sole.
  • Private owner’s stateroom aft to port features large berth with upholstered memory foam mattress, removable filler cushion, storage under. Cedar-lined hanging locker, shelves and bureau. Louvered privacy door. Designer carpet on slip-resistant sole.
  • Aft starboard cabin features large berth with upholstered memory foam mattress, removable filler cushion, storage under. Pocket door for privacy. Nav station located here with drop down inlaid desk/nav table, electrical control panels outboard; chart storage. Molded slip-resistant sole.
  • Head compartment with separate shower stall, seat and shower curtain. Vanity with solid acrylic countertop with undermount sink, large mirror and storage cabinets above and below. Electric flush head w/tank monitor. Molded slip-resistant sole.
  • “U”-shaped galley with solid acrylic countertops, fiddles. Well insulated refrigeration compartments (2) with double gasketed lids and gas support struts for easy access.
  • Frigiboat® Keel Cooler system allows digital control of either compartment for refrigeration or freezer operation, light, storage drawer below. Deluxe two-burner Force 10® LPG stove with oven and broiler, stainless steel sealed burner top, guard rail with harness hooks, lift off cover, storage under. Microwave oven (AC operation only), deep s/s sinks, hot and cold pressure water tap with retractable spray unit, manual fresh water pump, dish rack, waste receptacle, cutlery drawers.
  • SeaGull® IV water filter for fresh water (cold) tap at dedicated faucet at galley sink.
  • Numerous chrome plated interior cabin-side lights and recessed main overhead dimmable area lights, all with LED warm white bulbs; dimmable indirect perimeter warm-white LED ambiance lighting in main saloon and all cabins; courtesy lights at companionway, electrical panel and battery selector switch; LED dome lights in engine room and aft machinery areas.
  • Numerous s/s opening ports with safety glass and screens throughout; numerous overhead hatches with retractable screens/shades.
  • Sapele hardwoods, veneers and coordinated surfaces for bulkheads, cabinetry and trim. Louvered raised panel cabin doors; louvered locker doors, extensive radius corner detailing, cedar-lined lockers and drawers.
  • Furniture quality satin gloss varnish applied to all interior wood surfaces in a multi-coat process.
  • Removable stainless steel companionway ladder with teak treads, engine access behind.
  • Sapele grate at base of companionway lifts to reveal removable dust pan, bilge access.
  • Overhead and bulkhead mounted s/s handrails for safety and security.
  • Storage rack for companionway boards.

Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing

  • 40HP Yanmar® 3JH4E diesel three cylinder engine, fresh water cooled, rubber isolation mounts on reinforced fiberglass bed with integral oil pan, mechanical fuel pump, 110 amp Balmar alternator and Charles digital DuoCharge controller. 3-bladed fixed prop (feathering prop optional), Racor® fuel filter with water separator mounted for easy access. Jacketed fuel lines with swedged and threaded fittings, intake strainer.
  • Engine access from removable front and rear panels, hinged side opening doors.
  • Pre-plumbed for electric oil change system.
  • Extensive sound control – premium lead-lined insulation, gasketed access doors and panels.
  • Two (2) premium AGM 12 volt batteries dedicated to house, one (1) dedicated to engine start. Room for (optional) extra battery. Momentary parallel switch in cockpit for emergency starting.
  • Deluxe electrical panels with separate battery switch, gauges and breakers for AC and DC systems, battery test system, indicator lights, and controls for electric pumps, LPG solenoid control and battery charger.
  • 30 amp dockside AC power system with ELTI ground fault inlet protection breaker and one (1) 50-foot shore power cord.
  • Numerous outlets, all with GFCI protection.
  • Fail-safe galvanic isolator with status panel.
  • Charles® 5000 series 40 amp battery charger – three stage, temperature compensating, UL® listed.
  • Engine instrument panel with tachometer, hour meter and engine monitoring system near helm.
  • Electrical DC grounding/bonding system for rig and all underwater metals.
  • Pressure water system with hot and cold service to galley, head, and cockpit shower. UL listed six (6) gallon water heater with engine heat exchanger, insulated hot water hoses throughout. Dedicated head sink/shower drain sump w/strainer.
  • LPG system with 10 pound aluminum tank in self-draining storage compartment with gasketed, lockable lid, remote solenoid, dual safety shutoffs and gauge; room for extra tank.
  • Fuel, water and holding tanks below cabin sole maximize storage and stability and minimize trim changes with varying tank fluid levels.
  • Fuel tank constructed of welded, baffled heavy gauge marine-grade aluminum (5052-H32) with shut off valve, s/s deck fill, tank mounted mechanical gauge. Pre-plumbed with second pickup/return for addition of generator and/or heater system.
  • ThermoCure™ fresh water tank constructed of infusion molded fiberglass using FDA approvable vinyl ester resins, baffles, s/s deck fill, electronic remote tank level gauge.
  • Infusion molded fiberglass holding tank with baffles, s/s deck pump out fitting, electronic remote tank level gauge.
  • Heavy-duty Rule® 3700 electric bilge pump with auto control and premium WaterWitch® electronic pump switch. BilgeAlert® high water bilge alarm w/remote alarm panel at helm.
  • UL listed bronze, thru-bolted, flanged seacocks on all thru hulls below waterline; ball valves on thru-hulls in boot stripe.
  • All LED nav lights, including masthead anchor light and foredeck/steaming lights.
  • Pre-wired for anchor windlass installation, bow thruster cables, fan and speaker wires throughout interior, VHF cable in mast and from mast step to nav area; messengers pre-run for pulling additional wire.

Certified Quality

Each of our cruising yachts possess key features all available only on an Island Packet. From the Full Foil Keel® technology to the advanced PolyCore® deck, our yachts meet the highest standards of quality.

+ Key Features

Advanced Design

Island Packet stands above all other sailboat builders for its independent development of proprietary materials technologies, best-in-industry warranty coverages and decades of corporate leadership contributions to the industry.

+ In A Class By Itself™

  • When the breeze gusted above 15 knots we topped 7 knots. The helm was light. Steering a full-keel boat takes a bit of adjustment, you don’t need to make quick changes. Once you find the groove the boat tends to stay in the groove. Bringing the boat hard up on the wind, I was impressed by the soft motion.
    Sail MagazineRegarding the IP Estero
    Island Packets have proven to be strong, stable and sea kindly. They thrive offshore in difficult conditions and often out perform their inshore handicaps. Performance has also been outstanding, with more events having been won by Island Packets than by boats from any other builder.
    Cruising Rally Association
    A boat is often defined by its interior accommodation plan. An ocean voyager needs stowage and snug sea berths, while a family cruising coastwise wants open space to enjoy at anchor. It’s a rare designer who can blend a world cruiser hull with a short-hop interior, but that’s what designer Bob Johnson has done with the Island Packet Estero.
    SAIL Magazine2010 Review