Island Packet 465

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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BWS stopped by the Island Packet plant in Florida this summer to see the first 465 under construction. The new boat is distinctive in several ways but still maintains the builder’s high standards and dedication to safe, comfortable cruising boats.

The first thing we noticed was a traditional transom and large teak swim platform. The hull looks sweet and all the space added aft allows for truly voluminous lazarettes.

The 465 has a center cockpit, raised-saloon deck configuration, which proved so successful in the 445. The cockpit is large and comfortable with room for six or more adults. With roller main and headsails, you can sail the boat in all conditions from the cockpit.

The Hoyt JibBoom on the staysail makes the 465 self-tacking when the genoa is rolled away. Up forward, the broad bowsprit holds two working anchors that are serviced by a large windlass.

Down below, you will find a large master cabin aft with a huge head and plenty of storage. The double berth is angled so it is easy to make and easy to get in and out of. The forward cabin has a second large double berth and its own head. For two couples, this is an excellent layout.

The saloon is open and full of light. The galley runs aft in the starboard passageway to the aft cabin and will be secure in a seaway. Note the double sinks are positioned almost on the centerline. The saloon will seat six for dinner and is large enough to host a good party when you have neighbors over for sundowners.

The 465, like all Island Packets, has a long Full Foil Keel and internal ballast so it will have a soft motion through the waves and will hardly notice an occasional bump with the bottom. The propeller is tucked behind the full keel where it is protected.

For those who want to live aboard and who have the confidence to cross any body of water, the new 465 is packing all the design integrity, build quality and strength to make life afloat as comfortable as possible.

Specifications: LOA 48’9”; LWL 34’1”; Beam 14’4”; Displacement 34,500 lbs.; Sail Area 1,122 sq. ft.

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