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1996 Island Packet Packet Cat catamaran

Sausalito, California

$109,000

Island Packet Yachts has always been known for designing and building the best cruising vessels possible, and while it looks different, the Packet Cat is no exception--penned, like all Island Packets, by Bob Johnson, the design brief focused on comfort and space, and the result was a unique vessel that is comfortable, versatile and safe with the Island Packet build quality evident throughout.

Perhaps foremost among the Packet Cat 35's numerous attributes is the DeltaPod Bow. This innovative, patented design development has a number of benefits that range from enhanced seakeeping, safety and comfort to improved interior, deck and cockpit design.

At the other end of the boat, the huge, wrap-around cockpit offers a panoramic view from any position, making this one of the most inviting social centers aboard. Long, comfortable contoured seats have plenty of room for stretching out. A deluxe steering console with folding table and controls for the twin diesels is provided with a raised helm seat, giving the skipper an unobstructed view, and the main and jib sheets are nearby for convenient single-handed sail trim. 

Topsides, the full foredeck, wide side decks, inboard shrouds and full rail enclosure provide easy and secure access to all points on deck. The central anchor platform forward, with divided rope locker below, allows simple and immediate access to ground tackle. A huge storage area belo the foredeck has ample room for bulky items and is accessed through a large central hatch.

The boat also features a well balanced combination of moderate beam (only 15', she'll fit into most 40' slips) and displacement. This provides sail carrying power comparable to wider designs, but with the added benefits of virtually unrestricted access to marina berths, enhanced control and comfort in a seaway and a load carrying ability equal to the needs of cruising.

All slip-resistant surfaces on the deck and throughout the yacht feature a premium coarse diamond pattern molded in low glare tan. Deck refinements include eight large stainless steel cleats for anchor, dock and spring lines, stainless steel cabin top handrails, side boarding gates, integral side deck LPG bin and cabin top dodger mount. Low maintenance exterior trim reduces upkeep to an occasional wash and wax.

And note that the Packet Cat  is powered by twin Yanmars with shaft drives; twin engines enhance maneuvreability, and the shaft drives are WAY more reliable that the V- d-drives or saildrives found on most cats.

This particular example shows nicely, is well equipped (including a Fisher-Panda genset and reverse cycle heat/air) and is now available for inspection here at our Sausalito show dock...

 

 

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Cozy Cat
Make: Island Packet
Model: Packet Cat catamaran
Year: 1996
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: TDLUS035A596
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Twin Keel

Dimensions

Length: 35 ft
Length Overall: 35 ft
Waterline Length: 31 ft
Beam: 15 ft
Min Draft: 2'6 ft
Displacement: 11,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3GM30F
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 27hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 1996
  • Engine Hours: 1947
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3GM30F
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 27hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 1996
  • Engine Hours: 1923
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 54hp
Cruising Speed: 6 kn
Propeller RPM: 2800
Maximum Speed: 7 kn

Tanks

Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 140 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 50 gal

Other

Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Catamaran, Cruisers

Contact

Mark Cattell
Marotta Yachts of Sausalito

Office

Marotta Yachts of Sausalito
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, California, US, 94965
Tel:415-331-6200
Disclaimer
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.


Accommodations and Layout

Step on board either side at stern then u molded in steps to step-thru transopm door into inviting, comfortable cockpit which includes a built in helm seat.

From cockpit, forward thru centerline companionway down five steps to bright, open, cheerful main deck with salon forward and galley aft. Salon features built in L shaped settee (which opens into a double berth) and folding table, galley is well laid out and functional.

From main deck, down three steps port or starboard to sleeping quarters, both have a Pullman full double berth set athwartship forward, hanging lockers and drawers in companionway running aft to head with built in tub/shower.

Note interior is finished in hand crafted light blond ash, 6'4 headroom throughout most of vessel, Dometic reverse cycle heat/air.

 

Galley

Galley is perfectly situated between the cockpit and salon and features polished stainless steel deep round sink with hot/cold pressure water (15 gal. hot water heater) and manual backup pump for fresh water, Hillerange propane two burner stove with oven, Frigidaire microwave oven, ice box with 1Frig O Matic 12V refrigeration. Two electric toilets.

Electrical

110V AC / 12V DC. Thirty amp shore power service, Fischer-Panda 7.5kV genset in sound shield. Mastervolt 12-40-3 charger, two batteries.

Electronics

Furuno GD1720C color chart plotter, Furuno 1734C 24 mile radar, Raymarine autopilot, Autohelm wind speed/direction indicator, Autohelm depth sounder, Autohelm depth sounder, West Marine VHF radio, Richie magnetic compass.

Alpine AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo.

Sails and Rigging

Aluminum deck stepped single spreader mast with stainless steel compression post and 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging, aluminum boom with rigid vang and North Sails main with Harken mainsheet and traveler, 110% jib on Schaefer System 3000 roller furler. All lines lead aft, four rope clutches, two Lewmar #48 and three Lewmar #30 self tailing winches, single Lewmar #8 and single Lewmar #6 winch.

Deck and Hull

Solid FRP hulls each constructed with a single piece of solid triaxial roving combined with an internal stringer and rid system with PolyCored decks (this is IPs proprietary system that they claim eliminates any concerns about delamination or deterioration), integral keel and skeg-hung rudder.

Stainless steel stanchions with tubular upper rail with single stainless steel wire lifeline, stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, stainless steel folding swim ladder.

Danforth #40 and #25 anchors on double bow roller with electric windlass, ample chain and line rode.

 

Bob Perry Review of the Packet Cat

You can't go comparing the aesthetics of cruising cats with that of say a Concordia Yawl, you have to adjust your glasses and establish some new benchmarks for beauty when comparing the new breed of cruising cats to monohulls! Cats are definitely volume-oriented designs and tend to be on the bulky side. The trick is to see who best handles the bulk.

The hull design of the Packet Cat 35 features a center pod section that seems to be Island Packet's answer to the Endeavour's Hydra-cell. Island Packet calls this protuberance its Deltapod. The idea behind Island Packet's design is that the pod will be submersed at all times and act to break up the waves between the two main hulls and soften the ride. Designer Johnson says that the wake created by the pod allows them to increase the clearance between the bridgedeck and the waves, reducing the discomfort due to wave impacts between the hulls.

My question is this: If the pod is immersed to any degree at all when the boat is at rest, aren't we looking at a boat with three hulls, in fact a hybrid cat-trimaran? I'm probably stretching it, but you see my point. We are now shoving three shapes through the water, further increasing wetted surface. Keep in mind that this pod also allows the designer to lower the sole of the main cabin while maintaining headroom and may provide more interior than hydrodynamic benefits.

The two small keels give this craft a 2 foot, 6 inch draft. Beam is 15 feet and the D/L ratio is 165. I like the sheerline of this design. The general appearance of this design suits my traditional eye.

The rig deserves a close look. While the Endeavourcat pushed the mast forward to reduce foretriangle, the Island Packet cat's mast has been pushed aft to increase the foretriangle. This minimizes the size of the main and maximizes the area of the foretriangle. Most people would think that bigger mains and smaller jibs are easier to handle, but with roller furling, it may be just the opposite. I notice when cruising that some sailors opt for just unrolling their jibs and leaving the mains furled, indicating that it is easier not having to deal with the mainsail. Notice that on this design the mainsail roach overlaps the backstay. Note also that the foretriangle is not masthead, and the tack of the genoa is out on a platform-bowsprit extension. The SA/D ratio is 19.1.

What a great layout this is for two couples. The accommodations are virtually equal for each couple, with the exception that the port side stateroom is separated from the head area for access from the main cabin to the hanging locker. The starboard cabin has an adjoining head. Each head has a shower stall. The galley is roomy with a big refrigeration compartment. The dining table stows folded against the starboard bulkhead outboard of the swivel chair. There is a convenient serving window to allow food to be passed to the cockpit.

The Island Packet cat has a very large cockpit with easy access from the stern boarding platforms on each hull up to the veranda level and from there to the cockpit through the open coaming. The flush foredeck makes for excellent sun lounging space. All lines are led aft to the cockpit on the housetop, and the sheet winches are conveniently lined up along the aft coaming.

The Island Packet cat is powered by twin 27-horsepower freshwater-cooled diesels. There are tanks for 50 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of water. I would estimate that this horsepower and the chine-style hulls will give this cat a top speed under power of close to nine knots, but perhaps 10 would be possible.

This review originally appeared in Sailing Magazine

Disclaimer
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.

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