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  • Michael Luskin replied to the topic 'What's in your ditch bag?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Done for mine, but there are others, too. A popular topic!

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  • Michael Luskin replied to the topic 'What's in your ditch bag?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    This is what I posted in reply to this and 2-3 other replies on the IP Home Port Forum:

    Other considerations: energy food; emergency VHF radio; dye marker; strobes; whistle; waterproof chart; toilet paper in dry bag; motion sickness meds. You'll probably want to beef up the raft first aid kit. For more ideas check out Landfall Navigation's web site.

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  • hayden replied to the topic 'Stuart to the Bahamas' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Going from Stuart to the Bahamas is a nice run. Bimini to NW channel to West End to Highborne Cay to Exumas. Or..Bimini north to West End to Great Sale Cay to Green Turtle to Whale Cay cut to Abacos.

    I wrote a detailed plan of going to the Bahamas here:

    ipyoa.com/forum/10-bahamas/3719-i-am-going-to-the-bahamas

    Ask more questions, we all love to go to the Bahamas.

    Hayden

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  • Mike and Judy Sawyer created a new topic ' What's in your ditch bag?' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    We are preparing to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and "turn left" this fall. We have a new Winslow 6 person Offshore Plus liferaft and are starting to put together a ditch bag. The raft includes first aid gear, flares, water, food, fishing kit, etc. Beyond the EPIRB and personal items like glasses, medications, and ID we are not sure what all a ditch bag should include to supplement the raft equipment. Any insights from those who have done it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Kathy Heck
    2 days ago

    What are some ways you have organized your refrigerator and freezer. We have an IP 380.

  • Ron Dierolf created a new topic ' Dorades' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I need to replace the dorados on my IP 29. I don't need anything fancy - plastic will do. I believe they are 4" in diameter but I'm not absolutely positive.

    Does anyone have any brand recommendations? I'm having trouble finding replacements.

    Thanks

    Climber49

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  • Ron Dierolf created a new topic ' Stuart to the Bahamas' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I have an IP 29 and wish to sail from Stuart, FL, to the Bahamas. Does anyone have any experience/advice to offer?

    Thanks

    Climber49

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  • Craig Cook replied to the topic 'Re:Sail Washing' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I agree with Mark, we have used Sailcare in Ford City, PA several times and have been more than pleased with the results. The sails come back clean and are nice and crispy as well. Jerry and the crew do an outstanding job and do it relatively inexpensively. We had our main done this past winter, had a few small repairs done and as I recall it was under $300 including shipping.

    The only downside is that the process faded the IP logo, however I did get replacements made from the sailmakers used by the IP factory for $70. The ship's store at the IP factory shows sail logos but they have been out of stock. The replacements are adhesive backed, can be made in any size for any size IP main sail and were very easy to put on.

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  • Craig Cook replied to the topic 'handling the mainsail' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Hi Mark, nice to hear from you. Were you the person from Ohio? I'm glad to hear that you ended up with an IP27 as well and thank you for the input on the lazy jacks. She was a sad pup when we took delivery, I'm not sure if you got the entire story but her previous owners took up golf and just let the boat sit uncovered for a few years before making the decision to sell. Other than replacing the foredeck light bulb(that worked fine last season), the restoration is complete.

    We use the official de-naming/re-naming ceremony on our boats provided by Latitude 38. Always a source of entertainment at Commodore Perry where it is also tradition that buying a new boat means buying a 1/2 keg for everyone to help celebrate.

    We are currently locked into the listing contract, without getting into too many details the listing on the internet did not actually go live until this past weekend instead of 30 days ago when it should have. No one really seems to know what happened there. In any event, we have not had a great deal of interest yet. Unfortunately this is like listing your house for sale but only you and the agent know about it. Not a great situation. If the boat does not sell within the contract timeline we will be canceling the contract and going forward with the modifications suggested here. I really like the Doyle setup that Hayden suggested, I wish I would have know about that before signing the papers.

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  • Mark Waymouth replied to the topic 'handling the mainsail' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Craig:
    I am actually the person who had the competing offer on Glory when you purchased her. I am glad to hear you have restored her. After a good restoration I believe the boat appreciates a new name provided you go through the proper renaming ceremonial duties. I did end up buying an IP27. I too installed Lazy jacks and one of the trick I use in handling the main is to use my reef lines to shorten the sail form the cockpit as I begin to take down the main. This really helps to control the sail as about half the surface area is controlled before I drop it. In addition it ensures that my sheave cars in the boom run freely so when I need to actually reef they work well.

    Mark

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  • George Meinke replied to the topic 'handling the mainsail' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Glory,

    Here is a different point of view - The thing that is critical to single handling the boat - is a good auto pilot! Yes put lazy jacks on Glory (aka Island Star), bring the mainsail halyard to the cockpit, get ready to raise the main before you head out from the dock, point it into the wind, set the AP and take your time raising the main. Really easy. Reverse the order coming home. Motor up in to the wind - set the AP and drop the main. Bingo - done. Motor to the dock. If the wx goes south while sailing, motor into the wind set the AP and drop it - the lazy jacks will do the rest. Motor into the wind just like the fishing trawlers until the squall passes.

    Hate to see you sell the boat over this - good luck with the health issues.

    George
    Delicia

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  • hayden replied to the topic 'Sta-Loc fittings on standing rigging replacement' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Bob and "lil Sister" Nina:

    We used the Island Packet Factory OEM, original equipment manufacturer, SECO SOUTH who will have all the exact measurements and specs for your boat. Simple contact JEAN at Seco South and she will give you a very fair bid on replacement standing rigging. Note that when replacing older models like yours and mine, the forestay and the inner stay will need to be built with Norseman fittings and they no longer make the long swaged on threaded pieces used on our boats. That is still no big deal, you simply take apart the forestay, lay it on the ground and build the new one to match. It is rather easy. I like the norseman fittings, they are easy to install, but you will only need the two. All other wire and fittings from Seco South will drop right into place.

    Hayden

    Here is the contact info for Seco South.

    SecoSouth Mailing Address:
    Seco South, Inc.
    2111 34th Way
    Largo, FL 33771
    Toll Free: 888.535.7326
    Tel: 727.536.1924

    SecoSouth E-mail Address:
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  • Bob and Nina Huether created a new topic ' Sta-Loc fittings on standing rigging replacement' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Planning to replace the standing rigging on our IP 38 (1988 model) and would like some advice on using Sta-Loc fittings. We plan to do some extensive cruising in tropical waters and would appreciate some advice regarding this product.
    Many thanks,
    Bob and Nina on Moondance

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  • Cheri + Tom Ward replied to the topic 'Re: Side-Power Bow Thruster Troubleshooting and Maintence' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Capjules....I think that voltage is still within the safe range. The thruster motor is a huge draw on the batteries and that is one reason you want to make short bursts during operation. It's also why you want to have the engine running at the same time. As long as your battery voltage goes back up you're probably OK.
    Tom

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  • Cheri + Tom Ward replied to the topic 'Side-Power Bow Thruster Troubleshooting and Maintence' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I have checked the brushes with the motor in place but it's worth taking the extra time to pull the motor to blow out the carbon dust.

    Tom

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  • Mark Waymouth replied to the topic 'Re:Sail Washing' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I sent my main and genoa out to a company called sail care in Ford PA. They inspected them put on a new UV protector on the genoa , re- stitched where required and treated them with a re-resining process. They have a name for that process but I do not remember it.
    In short the sails look great and I feel I was very well served by this company.
    Mark

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  • Mark Waymouth replied to the topic 'Target price for dodger and Bimini.' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I had a new dodger, Bimini and awning as well as all the stainless tubing support structure made for my Island packet 27 last year. The cost for all the structure and the canvas was right around $5000. So to me the $2000 for just the canvas sounds about right if not reasonable.
    Mark

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  • hayden replied to the topic 'Removal of teak eyebrows' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Park:

    Funny thing, I always seem to have an opposing viewpoint to some IP owners. Here, on this one, I would not see any downside to removing the teak eyebrow. Matter of Fact, when I had our IP35 in the factory for a refit in 2013, I considered having the factory replace mine with their plastic one they use on the SP cruiser. They can sell you the plastic half round molding that can then be put in place of the teak.

    I do maintain our teak with 5-7 coats of Epifanes varnish and it is not that bad to take care of IF you keep up with it. I will say, the eyebrow teak is the piece I curse the most. So, I can feel your pain and I understand your desire to remove it and replace it with plastic. Again, I see no downside. I will say, the boat does need something there, either a tape stripe or plastic or teak. Without it, I think it would look very odd.

    Hayden

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  • Guy W Walton, Jr replied to the topic 'Side-Power Bow Thruster Troubleshooting and Maintence' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Did you leave the motor installed when you checked the brushes? I would think you could remove them and just cove below then with cloth. Is that possible? Thanks! guy

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