Island Packet 38



Listing Id 5036253 Length 41.00 Feet
Condition Used Type Sail
Make Island Packet Year 1990
Model 38 Engine Type inboard diesel
Hull Style Single Hull Type GRP
Stock Number #IP3819


Well presented, cruise-ready and fully equipped

CAPE D’s equipment highlights include:

Standing and running rigging fully replaced 2014 (Port Townsend Rigging)

New oversized chain-plates 2013 in preparation for Pacific Cruise

New Hasse sails 2013

New Sunbrella covers 2018

Full set of sails including Main, Jib, Staysail, Cruising Spinnaker with dousing sock, Drifter and Storm Trysail

Reliable Yanmar 4JHBE 44HP 

Full set of cruising electronics Raymarine E97 Plotter, HD, Radar, Fishfinder, AIS, VHF, SSB with Pactor Modem, autopilot…

AGM batteries

2000W Sinewave inverter

Solar panels (500W)

Full cruising galley with condenser, fridge and freezer

Full range of safety equipment including 4 man Liferaft, sea anchor

Monitor Wind Vane

Walker Bay Sailing dinghy with Suzuki outboard (new 20170)

Webasto Diesel Furnace System

Katadyn 80E 80gal/ day 12V Watermaker

Teak cockpit table

Lots of spare parts for engine, full set of tools, surf boards, SUP, SCUBA tank, Spear Gun, Kite board kit, and a huge inventory including everything you could possibly need to set sail immediately. 

Few boats enjoy such a cult-like following as the Island Packet, and for good reasons.

Built for serious offshore cruising in safety and comfort, the Island Packet has never in its 30 years of production, and regardless of the world economy, which forced many yacht productions to cut corners on the quality, suffered a tarnished reputation for second-to-none quality and durability. With a hull inspired by classic displacement, yet refined with a modern mind, the Island Packet shows what is regarded as the best sea-handling qualities in today’s shipbuilding. As many IP owners have described, the weather, no matter how heavy, simply goes un-noticed. The hull will not surf, will not slam over the top of waves, will not yaw, and remains steady in large following seas. If the boat will not sprint around the buyoys, it will nevertheless chew up the miles relentlessly while remaining comfortable when most other boats have reduced canvas or lay hove-to. The Island Packet loves big winds and will easily remain charging forth at 8-9 knots in a 20-22 knots breeze with hardly a splash on deck, thanks to its high topsides and sustained momentum between gusts.  Should the wind dies off, the boat is fitted with a reliable, economical but powerful Yanmar 44HP, which is designed to run for days on end if needed on 3L / h at 7-8 knots.  The enclosed prop and fully supported rudder eliminates the risk of tripping your rudder over fishing nets, reduce the risk of picking up a mooring line, and of course be more resilient if hitting a reef. The hull and deck are built with absolute strength in mind, and the wetted areas are laid and treated at the time of production in a way to eliminate the risk of osmosis.

The Island Packet 38 is a great favourite with a reputation that has preceded it the world over as the ideal blue-water cruising yacht for a small family, couple, or even single-handed sailor. Despite her 41’6” (38’ on deck), her interior is spacious and intelligently designed. Headroom tops out at 6 feet 4 inches. Large staterooms are located fore and aft, flanking the saloon. The fwd. head and sink have been removed to make a work/storage space. All the plumbing is still in place but as for many cruising owners,  having two heads on this size boat felt redundant, and was better used instead as a greatly needed storage/work space for toys and tools.

Below decks 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, large fridge / freezer, condenser, cutlery drawers, hot and cold water pressure and lots of natural light via overhead hatches and opening ports. Four Dorade vents assist ventilation. Another attribute of the IP 38 is its large tank capacity, with almost 600L of water which on Cape D is topped up when necessary with a 12V 80gal/day water-maker.

The 38 has a roomy cockpit with shower, folding swim ladder and cavernous lockers. The engine control panel has a protective cover. The visibility is very good all-around from the helm, which is mounted with a custom frame displaying the cruising electronics and instruments. The cockpit, if safe and well thought-off when at sea, transforms easily into a cosy and well-sized dining area when at anchor, with a lovely teak table and comfortable seats. Nonskid decking, double lifelines and full-length cabin-top rails suggest safety, while top-quality teak coamings and a caprail add touches of elegance. Mounted on the transom is a gleaming Monitor Wind Vane, a model used, tried and tested for decades by the most intrepid single-handed round-the-world sailors, and which will steer the boat through anything should the autopilot find the weather too fluky to be reliable, or should you wish to save on power.

The sail plan is one of the big assets of the Island Packet 38, with the strong, wide bowsprit adding extra sail area and enabling efficient use of the cutter-rig. Both Genoa and Staysail are on Furlers, and the main drops easily into the lazy-jacks. The lines are all ran aft to the cockpit for safety and ease of handling when short-handed.


Make: Yanmar

Model: 4JHBE

HP: 44

Serial Number: 04304

Type: 4 cylinder, 4-cycle, fresh water cooled diesel

Hours: 2600 hours

Dual Racor filters: 550

Drive: Inboard Kanzaki Direct drive marine gear

Model: KM4A

Engine Controls: Single-lever

Panel instruments

  • Tachometer
  • Water Temp
  • Oil Pressure
  • Amps
  • Fuel level


  • 55 amp engine mounted alternator
  • 55 amp as spare
  • Honda 2000: Well maintained and works great

Propeller: Bronze, 3-blade, 17x14


  • 1 ¼” stainless steel
  • New cutlass bearing in Oct. 2016

Rudder: Frp foamed, spade

Steering: Worm gear

Engine Room Ventilation: Natural and Blower

Exhaust: Wet riser

All woodwork in engine room double sound protected


Fuel: Aluminum fixed under sole: 57 gallons (216 L). Deck jugs: 25 gallons (95 L)

Water: Aluminum under sole. 157 gallons (594 L)

Holding Tank: resistant plastic under port settee. 30 gallons (114 L)

Hot Water Heater: Torrid electric/engine coolant water heater. 10 gallons (38 L)

Ground Tackle:

  • Rocna 25
    • 200’ (61m) 5/16” G43 high test chain
      • New 06/2016
    • 395’ (120m) 5/8” nylon rode
  • CQR spare
    • 75’ (23m) ½” G40 high test chain
    • 300’ (91m) 5/8” nylon rode
  • Danforth, stowed on stern rail with handling system
    • 100’ est. (30m) 5/16” G40 high test chain
    • 200’ est. (61m) 5/8” nylon rode
  • Maxwell 1200, electric vertical windlass with gypsy


  • Raymarine E97 GPS plotter, HD radar, fishfinder
  • Airmar transducer
    • 50 khz
    • 200 khz
  • Raymarine 1-60 Wind
    • Digital wind speed
    • Analog wind direction
  • Raymarine AIS650 transponder
  • Rose Point stand alone GPS
    • USB
  • Compass
    • Spherical 6” Ritchie in cockpit


  • ICOM IC-M540 VHF
    • CommandMic III in cockpit
  • ICOM IC-M802 SSB
    • Icom AT-140 Automatic antennae tuner
    • Pactor modem
  • Icom IC-M24 handheld VHF


  • 12VDC
  • 110VAC shore
    • GFCI all
  • Batteries
    • 1 GP27 Optima AGM Starting
    • 6 GP31 Lifeline AGM House Batteries
      • 930 amp hour
    • Magnum Energy 2000 pure sine wave inverter/charger 2000W/100A with Magnum Controller
    • MidNight Solar controller
      • 30amp
    • Solbian Flex SP125 Solar Panels
    • Note
      • I built my own solar panels. They are placed on the dodger and bimini
      • Approx. 500 watt.


  • Range
    • Princess 3 burner, with oven
      • Gimballed with Sea rails
    • Fuel
      • Propane/butane
        • X2 3 gallon (11.3L)
        • X1 5 gallon (20L)
        • Plumbing to reach Barbeque
        • External locker
      • Refrigeration
        • Vitrifrigo Seawater cooled condenser
        • Vitrifrigo s3 Fridge/freezer box
        • New 05/2017
      • Stainless Steel double sink
      • Sea-B-Que Dickensen marine Barbeque
        • Cover for BBQ


    • Recent registration
  • Life raft
    • Zodiac 4 person
      • Last inspected: 09/2013
    • Fixed Halon 1211 for Engine compartment
      • Automatic
    • 5 Portable Fire Extinguishers
    • Personal Floatation Devices
      • 4 Wearable Adult IV
      • 4 Adult II
      • 2 Child II
      • Throwable
      • 1 Lifesling
      • 1 MOB pole
      • Distress Signal Kit
      • Horn/Sound Signal
      • Assorted Safety Harnesses
      • Sea Anchor
      • Multiple deck safety lines
      • Radar Reflector


  • Fixed 12VDC Bluetooth, aux input, CD stereo system
    • Lg internal speaker
    • External water proof speakers under dodger
    • Wireless remote


  • Rule fractional HP electric bilge pump
  • Fresh water pump
    • Filter system
  • Shower sump pump
  • Mounted Manual diaphragm deck bilge pump
  • Mounted diaphragm holding tank pump
  • Misc. Portable piston bilge pumps
  • Salt water foot pump for sink
  • Misc. portable 12VDC pumps


  • Monitor windvane
    • Three vanes
      • 1 light wind
      • two heavy wind
      • full spare parts kit
    • CPT autopilot
      • Spare belts
    • Katadyn 80E 80gal/day 12 VDC watermaker
      • Spare parts kit
      • Extra pickling chemicals
    • Fiberglass and Teak anchor sprit
    • Stainless steel bow pulpit
    • Amsteel gray lifelines (New 02/2017)
    • Teak Deck grab rails
    • Teak tow rails
    • Stainless steel stern pulpit and gate
    • Swim ladder
    • Stern motor bracket
    • Webasto diesel furnace system
    • Cockpit shower
    • Stainless steel eisenglass dodger
    • Canvas covers on sails, winches, steering pedestal, hatches, BBQ, liferaft etc.
    • 4 stainless steel fishing rod holders
    • Teak cockpit table
    • Clock and Barometer
    • Cedar lined closets
    • 4 fiberglass dorade boxes with rubber scoops
    • LOTS of spare parts
      • Full gasket set for engine
      • Numerous spare impellers
      • Multiple spare raw water pump re-build kits
      • Multiple head rebuild kits.
      • Spare starter
      • Spare alternator
      • Full spare operation cabling
      • WAY to many parts to list
    • Extensive took kit.
      • Full Makita set
      • 2 orbital sanders
      • roto drill
      • heat guns
      • 2 solder irons
      • 2 multimeter
      • Extensive paint kit
      • Battery tester
      • Every tool that is needed to work on and/or repair this vessel
    • Full and VERY complete galley compliment
    • Hatch wind scoops
    • Full bedding and towel sets
    • 2 surf boards
    • 1 inflatable SUP
    • 2 boogie boards
    • 1 skim board
    • SCUBA tank
    • Spear gun
    • Lots of spare spot lights
    • All internal and external lighting is LED
    • Kite board kit
    • Way to many spares, toys and misc. supplies to list.


  • All Dacron sales
    • Made by Port Townsend Sails
    • Hasse sails
    • New 2013
    • New sunbrella covers in 2018
    • Hasse Sails is a very famous sail loft in the US. Well know for the best offshore sails in the world.
  • Main
  • Jib
  • Staysail
  • Cruising Spinnaker (asymmetric) with dousing sock
  • Drifter
  • Storm trysail

Rigging and Spars:

  • Spars
    • Isomat extruded Aluminum
    • Cutter rig
    • Single spreader
    • Spinnaker pole
  • Standing Rigging
    • Stainless Stee
    • All rigging replaced in 2014
    • Done by Port Townsend Rigging
      • This is a very well known rigging shop in the US
    • Running rigging
      • Dacron
      • All replaced by Port Townsend Rigging
    • Winches
      • 5 Lewmar 30
      • 1 Lewmar 24, 2-sp halyard winches
      • 2 Lewmar 30 ST 2sp
      • 2 Lewmar 46 ST 2sp sheet winches
    • Harken roller-furling jib
    • Harken roller-furling staysail
    • Mainsheet traveller and boom vang
    • Luff roller cars
    • Lazy Jack furling system
    • Storm sail track


  • Make
    • Island Packet
  • Model
    • IP38
  • Year
    • 1990
  • Hull No.
    • TDL38129J990
  • Build No.
    • 129


-How many owners has Cape D had?
We are the third owners. The previous name of the vessel was Velvet Sky. We purchased her after it became too crowded for our family on our
Crealock 37 we had owned since 2000. When we left cruising full time we saved a good amount of money for a down payment on a larger vessel
and used this for purchase this Island Packet 38 a few years ago.  I don’t know about the first owner but the second owner did a complete
vessel refit. That included replacing the chain plates, new standing and running rigging. All new sails as well as all the new equipment listed. A full vessel preparation for around the world in 2013/2014.

-What else can you tell me about the history of Cape D?
The vessel was refit in the North West of the United States by the most reputable rigging, shipwrights and sail makers in the area. The previous owner did not spare expenses.We were the grateful recipients of this and so will the next owners. There is nothing major that needs to be done. We just had the UV covers replaced on all the sails and everything is in good shape and ready to go.

I built the bimini when we were in southern Mexico. I also built all the solar panels. They all work well but it’s not as professional as I would have liked to make it. When in some of those less developed places you have to make due with what you have.

-Why did you chose her?
There are always those boats that you know about that just seem to fit. This is one of them. When we left for cruising with our Crealock
37 we always knew we would like a larger vessel for our family. Our Crealock was purchased with my wife and I in mind, not a family. It
worked but was cramped and never as comfortable as we knew cruising could be. Always having to remove a million things to get that one
thing you want. Everything was a bit cramped. We visited lots of other vessels in our time cruising and the Island Packet just fits for our
family. Lots of room in not an overly long vessel. Very dependable and proven safety record. Exceptional build quality and it sails easy and
well. We have always loved the cutter rig for sail options and safety. The below deck room is remarkable. Separate staterooms for our family. Ample headroom and storage. In Cape D the forward head has been converted to a work room/storage. Two heads are unneeded in this size
vessel. With that space for tools, parts and toys there is always enough room for what you might want to put away and never a need to
dig. We still keep a couple of very accessible lockers open all the time for visitors. We never got to the point of utilizing all the space available.

-What do you liked best about her?
I think the right combination of craftsmanship, safety, comfort and sea keeping ability. Our first cruising boat was purchased with comfort not very high on the list of necessities. We lived on that boat for many years and it became apparent that you don’t have to
compromise. You can have it all and the Island Packet does that. It’s a great boat to sail with lots of easy configuration options and when you put the hook down you have no problem being comfortable with having ALL the toys you want to play with.

The equipment on board is perfect for long term cruising. Large capacity batteries with a great charge controller with functional solar system that keeps things up. The Honda 2000 is perfect for those overcast periods or if a little AC is needed. The sail configuration is outstanding. The cutter rig gives you so many options. With the duel roller-furling system and easy main control allows for easy single-handing. Our son can easily do every aspect of sailing this vessel (except the spinnaker) by himself. The Monitor wind vane is one of the greatest things on board. We have not found a wind or sea-state that it does not keep up. It’s a rock solid device that we LOVE. The CRT autopilot is also great. It works for all the standard motoring (or sailing) needs. We started to have some magnetic issues with the CRT during crossing but it was due to firmware issues that needed to be updated for the Sothern Hemisphere. This has been done and we will be bringing it back all updated. The engine runs great and is very dependable and well maintained. The Yanmar is a well-known marine engine that’s dependability has been well proven over the years. She
has a bit of small below deck fuel capacity but the added deck jugs make up for it. We really don’t motor that much so it has never been
an issue. The 12VDC water maker does not put out an excessive amount of fresh water but its very efficient and dependable, it keeps up. The
large water tank is outstanding. The navigational equipment is as good as it gets. I was never a fan of the integrated systems prior to this
vessel and once I started using it, I love it. It’s very intuitive and excellent in all conditions. The ground tackle and windlass is an excellent system. The Rocna and new high-test chain will allow you to sleep very well at night. The system held us at achor through a small (if there is such a thing) hurricane (Otto) in northern Costa Rica without moving an inch. The high capacity salt-water deck pump wash down system forward is outstanding. We are always up and away from muddy anchors in less time and with a clean chain locker. The galley is very well proportioned and functional is all conditions. You are never away from a handhold at any place in the vessel.

-Is she is a little boat for 3 people, can you tell me why you chose a 38 model? Did you have enough room for the storage you needed to venture across the Pacific? 
I will disagree with this. She is not a little boat! She is only 38’ but when you go below deck she has more room and a better layout than
many 45' + boats. They did an exceptional job of designing this boat. To allow for the comfort and storage and still keep a very capable sea vessel is why they are such desirable boats.

-Why you are selling?
Our son is 14 and boat school was becoming increasingly difficult. The family felt it was time to go back to land and public school for a
while. We have been cruising full time for six years and it was time. We needed to build up the finances and get our son into (and hopefully through) college. 


For more information or to arrange for an inspection please contact our friendly team today. Cape D is situated in Fiji, where our representative Anna can meet you at your convenience and show you through the boat. or +61 (0)420882296.