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Ermelind has been proudly cruised by her current owners for 15yrs. She has traveled extensively from the Chesapeake Bay to southern Florida and beyond. The owners have been great stewards of this vessel paying particular care to her maintenance both mechanical and cosmetic. Having satisfactorily fulfilled this chapter, life is now taking them in new directions and they have decided to pass this fine vessel on to new owners. If you have been looking for a turnkey blue wafter vessel, you owe it to yourself to explore the comforts, innovations & safety of Bob Johnson’s Island Packets, and this particular 38 will take you safely to destinations worldwide if you choose. Come aboard and imagine what incredible experiences Ermelind might bring to you.
Deck & Hull
Bottom Reconditioned in 2012 - Hull Stripped to Glass, 2 Coats of SeaHawk TuffStuff BarrierCoats Applied
Mechanical & Engine
Major service performed in 2009
Water maker - Little Wonder LW-150GPD
Sails & Rigging
Buyers expecting a safe, heavy, solidly built, full-keel yacht got exactly that. Sailors in the market for a pre-owned boat have found the 38 holds its value remarkably well, and in some cases the current used price is about the same as it was in the showroom.
First impressions Excepts from Sailing Magazine Article (2014)
Sound construction, utilitarian layout and voluminous storage capacity are the prime virtues of the Island Packet 38. With a chopped-off transom, high freeboard, and slab-like sprit, but belowdecks the roominess and overall comforts are likely to catch the eye of liveaboards, couples cruising with guests and sailors planning an extended journey. Teak trim above deck and generous wood panels below add a traditional nautical luster.
The first 38 was built in 1986, and the 188 were build by 193. Bob Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of Island Packet Yachts designed the 38-footer with a protruding bowsprit that pushed its overall length to nearly 42 feet.
An MIT graduate with a master's degree in naval architecture, Johnson worked in California designing missile systems for McDonnell Douglas and later, using aerospace materials, made surfboards for a company he started under the Hollow Wave brand. As his career progressed, he joined Irwin Yachts as a designer, eventually taking those skills to Endeavor Yachts before striking out to build boats on his own.
The 38, with its distinctive beige hull and deck, boasted 100% hand-laid fiberglass construction. The hull was molded in one piece with strong triaxial glass that was unified with a molded, interior grid structure. The laminated deck was cored with a synthetic material nearly impervious to rot. All deck hardware was through-bolted with aluminum backing plates. The deck was attached to the hull flange with bolts, lock nuts and adhesives. Ballast was integrated into the full keel.
On deck Excepts from Sailing Magazine Article (2014)
The 38 has a roomy cockpit with shower, folding swim ladder and cavernous lockers. The engine control panel has a protective cover. Nonskid decking, double lifelines and full-length cabintop rails suggest safety, while teak coamings and caprail add touches of elegance.
Deck hardware and equipment includes cutter-style standing rigging with twin backstays, self-tailing Lewmar winches, a mainsheet traveler, a boom vang with preventer package, spring line cleats and a single-line reefing system.
Spaciousness is a key word aboard the 38. Headroom tops out at 6 feet 4 inches. Large staterooms are located fore and aft, flanking the saloon. There are two heads, but owners have maximized the space by keeping the forward head and transforming the aft head into a dedicated navigation station instead of a cramped navigation nook.
Bill and Amy Betts of Florida, who spent 12 years circumnavigating aboard their 38, Estrellita, gutted the forward head and turned it into a sail locker, but say the boat has plenty of storage.
"This boat swallows tools and spare parts, along with three months worth of groceries," he said. "We have all kinds of storage, especially behind the settees. We call it our hardware store."
Belowdecks there are oversized hanging lockers, a bureau with chest of drawers, large settees, retractable table and a pull-out double berth. The U-shaped galley has an LPG range with oven, double deep sinks, 14-cubic-foot icebox, teak dish rack, cutlery drawers, hot and cold water pressure in the galley and both heads, and lots of natural light via overhead hatches and opening ports. Four dorade vents assist ventilation. The boat can carry 157 gallons of water.
The yacht is equipped with a reliable 50 horsepower, freshwater-cooled Yanmar diesel engine. Access to the engine compartment is excellent, via matching side panels and from behind the companionway ladder. The fuel tank holds 57 gallons and a supplemental, flexible fuel tank can be added.
Underway Excepts from Sailing Magazine Article (2014)
"This boat isn't a racer, but if you want to go places, it's great," said Florida yacht broker Alan Both. "It's comfortable, and in heavy air it doesn't get knocked around in a following sea like boats with fin keels."
He noted the owners of an upgraded 38 have sailed it without incident along the East Coast, to the Bahamas and on to Central America.
Bill Betts offered a different view, noting Island Packet yachts often participate in the Newport-to-Bermuda Race and other prestigious offshore competitions.
"We cruised around the world for 12 years and just got back in the fall. We had a 110% genoa and a large drifter. The latter makes all the difference in light air," Betts said, adding the boat is seakindly and has never been swamped by a following sea. "The rear end lifts up for a dry and comfortably ride, not a sloshy one."
Blaine Parks wrote about his family adventures aboard their Island Packet in an online journal.
"We agree that our boat doesn't move as well in light air, but we're going around the world, not just around the racing buoys," he wrote. "The ability to take the heavier air is more important to us than the lighter air sailing."
Parks added that a quality cruising chute kept their boat moving in most conditions.
Built for comfort, not for speed, the spacious and stable 38 is an ideal yacht for a family planning to coastal cruise, sail offshore to the Bahamas, hang out indefinitely in the Caribbean, and maybe even go around the world.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.