Island Packet 38 Cutter Serious offshore cruiser in turnkey condition.

AU $150,000 No more to pay - drive away Finance
38' 0" - 11.59m
Vessel Location
Just arrived in Bundaberg Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Island Packet have a reputation for fantastic, sturdy hulls.



Recently surveyed, nicely presented, cruise-ready and fully equipped. She has all you really need - recent rig, sails, electronics, upgraded chainplates and a late model Monitor windvane (don't go to sea without one!). Recently judged to be the ninth best cruising boat of all time by Cruising World magazine and for good reason. Full inventory below:


New Gel deep cycle battery bank fitted 1/8/2019
New, oversized standing rigging fully replaced 2015 (Port Townsend Rigging). Running rigging also replaced at this time.
New oversized chain-plates 2014 in preparation for Pacific Cruise.
New Hasse sails 2014 with recent UV covers in excellent condition
Full set of sails including Main, Jib, Staysail, Cruising Spinnaker with dousing sock, Drifter and Storm Trysail - all in good to excellent condition.
Reliable Yanmar 4JHBE 44HP with low hours. Regularly serviced and will be sold with fresh service (happy to perform that as part of training for new owner)
Full set of cruising electronics including state of the art integrated Raymarine E97 touch screen Plotter, HD, Radar, Fishfinder, AIS, VHF, SSB with Pactor Modem, CPT autopilot (probably the best electronic autopilot in the world)
2000W Sine wave inverter
Solar panels
Full cruising galley with RECENT condenser, fridge (and small freezer compartment).
Full range of safety equipment including 4 man Liferaft, lifejackets, harnesses, tethers, danbouy, 2 x hand held vhf radios and Gale Rider Drogue
Monitor Wind Vane
Walker Bay dinghy with full Sailing kit, 6ft oars and (hardly ever needed because she rows so well) a Suzuki outboard (new 2017 and I have hardly used it) this makes a great secondary liferaft too.
Webasto Diesel Central Heating System
Air Conditioning (never used by me and I highly recommend selling it as Calypso II is a cool boat anyway)
Honda Generator (just serviced)
Katadyn 80E 80gal/ day 12V Watermaker
Teak cockpit table
Excellent sound system with beefy woofers and cockpit speakers
Rocna 55lb anchor on 225ft hi test chain (new in 2016) attaced to 180ft rope. (these new Rocna's are incredible - I have never had to set it twice and have never budged an inch. A real gamechanger as far as confidence is concerned)
Secondary Anchor with 50ft of high test chain with 200ft of rope attached to it
Third (stern) anchor is a Fortress with 100ft of chain and 200ft of rope.

Lots of spare parts for engine, full set of tools, surf boards, SUP, spear gun, , kite board chute, and a huge inventory including everything you could possibly need to set sail immediately down to the little stuff like plates, knives, sheets, pillows and cutlery. Bring a toothbrush and move onboard.

******AS SEEN ON TV!*****

Here is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get into the cruising lifestyle but lacks the experience or needs a bit of a refresher before embarking upon it. Recently featured on Ben Fogle's 'Return to the Wild' (https://www. My5. Tv/ben-fogle-new-lives-in-the-wild/sea son-2020/episode-5) I have helped hundreds of people make the transition to this lifestyle and I offer the same (if required and free-of-charge) to the new owners of Calypso II.

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

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 modern techniques, the Island Packet boasts what are regarded as the best sea-handling qualities in today's shipbuilding. As many IP owners will attest, 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. She has a good turn of speed for cruising boat and will chew up the miles relentlessly while remaining comfortable when most other boats have reduced canvas or lay hove-to. This is a great boat to buy if you have a partner who is 'on the edge' about cruising and you don't want to scare them to death as the IP 38 makes 8 knots feel like 5.

The Island Packet 38 sails well in light airs but is not at all phased by big winds either and will easily remain charging forward 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 die 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 Although it is much better to knock that back to 5 knots and then she sips about half the diesel). The enclosed prop and fully supported rudder eliminates the risk of tripping your rudder over fishing nets, reduces the risk of picking up a mooring line, and of course protects the rudder and prop in the event you bump something. 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. Best of all, the deck and coachroof of Island Packets are not made from glass/wood sandwich (like most boats of this era) but with a closed cell core - sparing them the inevitable wet/dry rot that is so common in other boats of her age. (A rotten cored deck and coachroof are beyond economical repair for most boats).

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 as spacious as much larger boats due to the intelligent design. Headroom tops out at 6 feet 4 inches. Large staterooms are located fore and aft, flanking the saloon. Both staterooms are eminently useful with enough storage space on the rest of the boat to ensure that they don't just turn into closets. The fwd. Head and sink have been removed to make a workshop. Personally, I think this is one of the best things about this boat - I love having a 'man cave' to make messy repairs and it keeps all the maintenace jobs from invading the living area and annoying your partner or crew. Hoiwever, all the plumbing is still in place if you decide to put the head back in. Personally. I cannot imagine sailing without a workshop now!

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 (very good qulality) opening ports. Four dorade vents assist ventilation. Another attribute of the IP 38 is its large tank capacity, with almost 600L of water which is topped up when necessary with a 12V 80gal/day watermaker.

The 38 has a roomy cockpit with shower and cavernous lockers.. 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 is safe and well thought-of when at sea and transforms easily into a cosy and well-sized dining area when at anchor, with a fold away teak table.. Nonskid decking, double lifelines and full-length cabin-top rails providet safety, while top-quality teak coamings and a caprail add touches of elegance. The varnish was getting a bit old, so I have stripped it all back to bare teak and replaced the varnish with a low-maintenance non-varnish coating (see pic) which preserves the beauty of the wood whilst cutting out the enormous amount of maintenance it takes to keep varnish nice in the tropics.

Mounted on the transom is a gleaming, late model Monitor Wind Vane, a model used, tried and tested for decades by the most intrepid single-handed round-the-world sailors, and which will silently and effortlessly steer the boat through all conditions without complaint or answering back. There is also a CPT Autopilot (I confess I know nothing about electric autopilots, but my freinds who do say it is the most reliable in the world).

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 main lines are all ran aft to the cockpit for safety and ease of handling when short-handed. I am currently single handing her and doing so with ease.

For upgrades or advice, you can contact the Island Packet Yachts in Largo, Florida or www. Ipy. Com who maintain an active customer-service department. Support is also available from Island Packet Yacht Owners' Association at www. Ipyoa. Com. Go and see how happy the owners are with theirs, and then come and buy mine - it is even better! Recent survey available to interested parties.

Boat currenty has permission to be in Fiji which does not need to be renewed until 2021, so plenty of time to get used to sailing her in the proteced waters of Fiji before you make the decision to move on or renew for another 18 months. I am quite happy to give the new owner a long hand over and as much (or as little) input as they need for a successful takeover. :) Or you can base yourself here in Musket Cove on a nice strong mooring (transferable) and indulge in a slice of paradise.

This boat should give you the confidence of a new boat. Some things (particularly the rigging and chain plates) are better than new spec and you can't underestimate the confidence that gives you when the weather gets a bit snotty. A copy of a recent survey is available to interested parties.

Calypso II also comes with some toys. Apart from the full sailing dinghy, there are:

2Surfboards with various legstraps
A nearlly new inflateable SUP in bag.
A Kite Surf rig (board required)
A skim board
A boogie board
Snorkels, masks, various rashies/wetsuit stuff
Loads of conventional fishing stuff (including hundreds of dollars of lures)
Large spear gun and two Hawain slings
Massive chart library
Heaps of sailing books and guides
Full tank of diesel
All four crystal decanters (ftted in a custom rack) will be full of Bundy Rum on collection. ;)
Ongoing email support to new owner

AU $150,000 No more to pay - drive away    Finance    Insurance
Launch Year
38' 0" - 11.59m
12.67 feet
5 feet
9,752 kg
Keel / Ballast
4,536 kg
Vessel Location
Just Arrived In Bundaberg
Bob Johnson
Island Packet
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Island Packet have a reputation for fantastic, sturdy hulls.
Decks Material
Dynel closed cell and fibreglass (impervious to rot)
Runs like a sewing machine. Double soundproofed. Fuel triple filtered. Just serviced at 2.8k hours.
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Fuel Consumption
1.5 litres/hour
Max Speed
7 knots
Cruise Speed
5 knots
600 litres in aluminium tank
Walker Bay 8 with sailing kit.
Suzuki 2,5hp new in 2017
Two large staterooms. Fwd is a lovely pullman berth with plenty of storage underneath. Aft is a well ventilated double with private head access. The saloon has a pull out double and a single. The forward ensuite head has been converted to a workshop (you do not need two heads ona 38 foot boat and the workshop is one of the best parts of the boat. The plumbing is all there if you want to convert back, but I strongly suggeest you live with it for a while becasue you will learn to love that workshop! It makes the maintenance so much easier)
Aft double, large saloon, galley, head/shower fwd double and fwd workshop.
Yes. On deck and in head
Raritan manual, just serviced a week ago (receipts)
Killer stereo with internal and external waterproof speakers. Good woofers. Flat screen TV
Excellent sea-going galley with nicely crafted teak drawers and two deep sinks.
Fridge/freezer and cold room
3 burner with stove. LPG supplied by two aluminium bottles in dedicated locker that drains overboard in case of leakage
Katadyn 12v
Hot Water
Calorifier from engine and built in storage tank. This is a fairly new installation.
Ground Tackle
Maxwell electric, just serviced with new parts.
Safety Gear
Various life jackets (2 new) harnesses. EPIRB, flares etc and worldwide HF radio with pactor modem, Galerider Drogue, danbouy, 2 handheld vhf radios
Bilge Pumps
Yes, 3
Life Raft
Yes, plus hard dinghy with extra flotation which is a better liferaft
Life Jackets
Various including 2 new ones with harnesses built in.
Fire Protection
Automatic Fire Protection System installed in engine compartment. Various extinguishers.
All wiring appears in good condition. I have recently installed 12v cigarette lighter and usb charging ports.
Electronics / Navigation
Touch screen chart plotter with incorporated radar and AIS. Wind direction/speed display.
Sail Inventory
Recent Hasse sails (probably the best in the world) See above
Mast / Rigging
Chain plates removed and replaced with oversized version (2015). Rigging replaced (a size bigger than original) in 2015 by the legendary Port Townsend Rigging.
Deck Gear
Late model (2015) Monitor Wind Vane - the best thing in the world! Large Rocna anchor that sticks to the sea bed like a nervous clam. Have never had to set it more than once.
See above. I would like to add that I am quite happy to do a long handover for the new owner to feel comfy with the boat. So if you fancy a crack at this lifestyle and need a bit of help, no problem.

The hull form and newish sails means that she sails beautifully - close winded, stiff and weatherly, developing enough power to climb steep swells to windward and enough momentum not to be stopped in her tracks in short chop. Very satisfying to sail indeed. The CPT autopliot is a revelation (I wont have anything else now) totally silent and draws virtually no current from the batteries. The late model Monitor needs no introduction. There is a separate track on the mast which I like very much. This allows you to raise your storm trysail (also in excellent condition) in the lee of your reefed mainsail and then drop your mainsail to inflate the storm trysail - eliminationg all that nasty flapping and dangerous flogging - very civilized.
Feel free to ask any questions you want - or if you are interested to see why I always chose this kind of boat, read my best-selling book: "Get Real, Get Gone: How to become a modern sea gypsy and sail away forever". Available on Amazon in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. The audio version is due out soon. There is a good walk-through video in the TV show mentioned above.

Rick Page
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