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"A Nimble Take on a Rock Solid Cruiser"

After a successful showing of our new Island Packet 349 at the 2018 Annapolis Boat Show, we had the opportunity to take the 349 out for a test with SAIL Magazine Executive Editor, Adam Cort.

Initially, we were disappointed as we set out because there was very little wind. We soon realized this was actually a blessing and gave us an opportunity to show off her light-air performance. As Adam said, "Island Packets are not exactly renowned for their light-air...

"The World's Best Sailboat"

At Island Packet, when they talk a lot about cruising comfort and livability, they mean a boat with a gentle, comfortable, less fatiguing motion. This in turn improves safety, and—because of lack of fatigue—a more rested and alert crew. Their is that every boat should have the following key features: for a start, a comfortable, seakindly motion and an easily manageable sail plan; in plain English, a cutter rig as on most singlehanded round-the-world racing boats. So, on Island Packets,...

SV Island Spirit

Arrival in Provo (Turks and Caicos) after a 36 hr motor sail from Georgetown.
The weather window for winds was calm and the east trades were laid down, so we took off. Little did we know, the squall and rain forecast was extremely high. In 8 years of being in the Bahamas, we have never had rain and squalls like this. 

On departure day, we had to wait for several 35-knot squalls to blow over. Then we left at 0900...