The Island Packet 29 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Island Packet 29, a heavy-displacement cutter, was designed by Bob Johnson and built in the USA by Island Packet Yachts.

An Island Packet 29 sailboat on a mooring ballThe Island Packet 29

Published Specification for the Island Packet 29

Underwater Profile: Long keel with rudder on after edge*

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 20'0" (8.8m)

Waterline Length: 25'7" (7.8m)

Beam: 10'10" (3.3m)

Draft: 4'3" (1.3m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 10,900lb (4,944kg)

Ballast: 4,800lb (2,177kg)

Designer: Bob Johnson

Builder: Island Packet Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 1991

Year Last Built: 1997

Number Built: 64

* A centreboard version was also available


Published Design Ratios for the Island Packet 29

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.1

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 44.1

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 291

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 26.5

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...


Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Island Packet 29

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.1 suggests that the Island Packet 31 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 44.1 means that the Island Packet 31 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 291, tells us the Island Packet 31 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 26.5 suggests that crew comfort of an Island Packet 29 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not the best of news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Island Packet 29 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 


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