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A true gunkholer version of the original Island Packet 27 line! Naval Architect Bob Johnson made only a small number of this full model of the IP 27 as a shoal draft: these boats aren't seen on the market very often. This shoal draft model reduces the full keel draft from 3'10" down to 2'8" replacing that part with a centerboard to use as needed when heading upwind. This is done without impacting performance, with over 6' headroom and wide beam, identical to the full keel model, while the centerboard remains hidden within the keel.
Salty Dog is an early (Hull #12) model of this special design made to carry her owners into the smallest nooks along the coastline, especial areas similar to those along the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway, the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, the Bahamas and other islands to the south, all of which she has visited in her past.
The Island Packet 27 or IP27 is the first model of the illustrious Island Packet models designed by Robert K Johnson and was introduced in late 1984, continuing in production though 1992. The design carried forth the popular Bombay Express catboat inspired basics, but turned it into a true cruising boat by lengthening it a bit and broadening the beam and raising the deck and cabin top to give better headroom, thus giving it a much roomier cabin, as well as improved stiffness in handling.
The IP27 is 26’ 6” in hull length on deck, plus about 3’ more for a well designed wide bowsprit and anchoring platform, and with a beam of 10’ 6” and a displacement of around 8,000 pounds.
This model is makes it a perfect smaller cruiser that can get into those enticing backwater areas that most others need to bypass. She only draws 2’ 8” with the board up, a savings in draft of of 14”, while increasing that to 6’ with it down when when going to windward in deeper waters.
This vessel is equipped with a cutter rig that increases its ability to handle a wide variety of wind and sea conditions to safely give a great ride, no matter what conditions are encountered. Salty Dog is also set up to enhance single handled operations with most lines run aft to the cockpit for ease sail trimming and two tier lifelines are provided all around.
Recent changes on her include upgrading the engine to a Yanmar 3YM30 (27HP) engine with professional installation, replacing the hot water heater, replacing her original aluminum fresh water 31 gal tank, as well as the 12 gal wastewater tank with modern ABS plastic tanks that should last for many more years of satisfactory operation. In addition, the king post for the deck stepped mast was replaced to return the strength required to support the cabin top in that area. Also, the head was redesigned to provide some additional room within for more comfort using it. Much of the below decks decor has been updated, as well, while keeping with the original Island Packet standards as much as possible. Further, the centerboard lift cable was just replaced with a new SS cable to give many more years of service.
She is further equipped with a quality Bimini and Dodger on SS tubing supports. She sports two anchors, a CQR and a Bruce, both with more than 150’ of chain and rope rodes.
Salty Dog was put on the hard last Fall, which allowed for her original gel coat bright sides to be polished and waxed to a perfect shine, as well as the bottom to be cleaned, scraped and sanded down and two coats of Interlux bottom paint to be applied. In the past, her bottom layers of FG were ground off and new biaxial cloth and epoxy were professionally applied. Though there are some small tasks required and being addressed still, she can soon be ready to get wet again and carry her new owner on adventures for many years ahead.