Boat Reviews By Owners
1965 -- 24' 0" ISLANDER
Cockpit: Decent sized cockpit - a little narrow for low tiller - often have to keep lifted to accommodate crew. If motor is stern mounted - it is too far back to use comfortably without controls. visibility is decent.
Cabin: Cabin can sleep a couple overnight - though storage is very limited. I have the racing layout - cruising layout may be better.
Construction: Very well built boat! This boat is 42 years old and obviously not given a lot off tlc (gelcoat pretty much worn off; original vinyl cushions and deck hardware - but everything is usable. No soft spots - as I had found on so many other boats I looked at 20 years newer then this one! Pulpit and pushpit still solidly attached. Rudder control tight. No leaks above or below - only physical issue is corroded seacocks - though these, too, are still usable!
Handling: Handles very well in heavier seas and winds. When others are reducing share, she is ready to play! Cuts easily through waves, moderate heeling - fun, wet, ride. Hard to maintain course downwind. Points a lot higher then you would expect from a long keeled boat.
Engine Room: 8 hp outboard is perfect power. Pushes very well - very good on gas. Hard to reach stern mounted motor - would be best with controls.
General Comments: I bought this boat as a cheap daysailer on which to teach my children (the price on these are incredibly low - presumably because of the 'ugly duck' flush cabin design) - but found her to be a surprisingly able pocket cruiser. Also find it to sail a fairly constant 5knots in moderate breeze.
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Date Submitted: 2007-10-31
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