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Island Packet 31 is a 10.5 m monohull sailboat designed by Robert K. Johnson and built by Island Packet Yachts between 1983 and 1989.Is the Island Packet 31 suitable for coastal sailing?
On the face of it, all this suggests that the Island Packet 31 is a fine coastal cruiser, but is less suited to severe offshore work than a narrower hull with a deep, heavy keel. Few remarks seem to vex readers more than our stating a boat design is best suited to coastal sailing.Who is Island Packet Yachts?
In the 13 years since naval architect Bob Johnson founded Island Packet Yachts, he’s developed quite a following. We’ve had many requests to review one of his boats, mostly from satisfied owners. The others have come from couples considering the boat for living aboard and cruising.Where do you step the mast on an Island Packet 31?
On a cutter, the mast is usually stepped near the center of the boat. On a double-headsail sloop, the mast is stepped farther forward, which is the case with the Island Packet 31. There are no running backstays, but the company says the Isomat spar was engineered to withstand the loads of the inner forestay without additional support.