Island Packet Yachts announces new brand- Blue Jacket
by Bill Bolin/Sail-World Cruising on 9 Sep 2012
Island Packet Yachts is proud to announce the launch of a new line of performance cruising sailboats to be called Blue Jacket Yachts. The Blue Jacket 40 is the first in a series and has been designed by Tim Jackett (ex-President and Chief Designer at Tartan and C&C) in collaboration with Bob Johnson (CEO and Chief Designer at Island Packet).
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With more than thirty industry awards between them, including fifteen Boat of the Year awards, the new Blue Jacket 40 embodies the creativity and broad-based experience these noted designers have displayed over the past 30 plus years, melding the performance prowess of Jackett with the cruising focus and manufacturing acumen of Johnson and Island Packet.
The Blue Jacket is designed to provide a good environment for family vacations and overnight getaways combined with race-winning capability.
Sailplan and rig:
The large sailplan is a further refinement of the Solent style rig featuring standard double head sails with a working jib and a lightweight 150% reacher that mounts on the integral bow prod, both furled with Harken® systems. The working jib is fitted with a carbon fiber Hoyt Boom® that is self-tending and improves performance with its close sheeting and self-vanging feature while the large reacher boosts performance in light air or when off the wind. The fully battened mainsail is equipped with a standard electric halyard winch and a low friction Battcar system and drops easily into a carbon fiber pocket boom with an integral cover and lazy jack system.
This easily managed rig has ample horsepower and versatility for optimizing performance in a wide range of conditions. All sheets lead to the cockpit near the helm and primary winches for short-handed convenience.
On deck, anchor handling has been simplified and made especially convenient with a cleverly designed roller recessed in the bow prod providing secure stowage of the anchor and directing the rode to the anchor locker with a (optional) below deck electric windlass that keeps the deck and profile uncluttered. A deck hatch gives access to this area. Wide side decks with full length raised bulwarks, double lifelines, bow and stern rails and cabin top handrails provide security on deck.
The large cockpit has deep coamings, long seats and twin helm stations with great visibility and ready access to all sail control lines. Seat hatches provide access to storage areas and a (optional) central drop-leaf table makes for a great social area. Hinged transom doors open to the integral stern platform with a retractable swim ladder under a central hatch.
Entering the interior one is welcomed by an open and bright central area that includes the saloon, nav station and galley. The spacious saloon features faceted settees that create an inviting social setting for relaxation, after-sail beverages or the sharing of meals served on the large table that retracts against a bulkhead bottle rack. The nav/office area has a full size table with tray storage under a hinged lid and a large panel array outboard holds master electrical controls with room for owner added equipment.
The galley will please the most enthusiastic chef with its ample working room, counter space, storage areas and conveniences such as a hidden rubbish bin. A stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with deep pull- out drawers gives home-like convenience. Deluxe, solid surface counters with integral fiddles make this galley area as attractive as it is functional.
The head has separate entry doors from either the saloon or the forward cabin, and features a wrap around premium solid surface vanity counter-top with integral fiddles that creates secure seating for the electric flush toilet. The shower area has a wide seat and a folding acrylic shower door that creates a spacious enclosure. The slip resistant sole is a molded tile pattern and storage cabinets above and below the vanity are provided along with a large framed mirror.
The standard interior plan has three cabins. The forward cabin is provided with storage in twin bureaus port and starboard, a large hanging locker, two deep drawers under the berth and full length shelves outboard. The large double berth with an upholstered dual-density memory foam mattress gives exceptional sleeping comfort. The two aft cabins each have wide upholstered berths with premium dual-density memory foam mattresses and full length shelves outboard. A hanging locker and upholstered dressing seat is provided in the port cabin, with a bureau and storage cabinet furnished in the starboard cabin.
An optional interior plan may be selected with two cabins in lieu of the standard plan’s three. This arrangement deletes the enclosed starboard aft cabin, extends the galley counter, cabinetry and slip resistant sole and creates a large cockpit locker that’s accessible from either the interior or deck.
The Blue Jacket’s hull and deck are made with a state of the art vacuum infusion process utilizing 100% vinylester resin, quadraxial knitted E-glass reinforcements and a structural foam core. The end result is superior strength and stiffness with significantly reduced weight compared to conventional laminates.
The use of premium structural foam coring produces better interlaminar bond properties with freedom from potential core deterioration compared to other choices and allows for an industry-best extended hull and deck warranty.
Interior cabinetry and bulkheads are finished with varnished sapele hardwood that coordinates with select designer surfaces and fabrics. The cabin sole in the galley, nav and head areas are molded slip-resistant gelcoat, with varnished tongue and groove solid sapele and oak hardwood soles in the saloon and forward and port aft cabins.
Carpet is fitted in the aft starboard cabin. Numerous cabinside opening ports, fixed hull ports in the saloon and each cabin, along with overhead hatches with retractable shades and screens, create a bright and well ventilated interior environment.
A host of light fixtures throughout the yacht range from dimmable indirect LED strip lights for a soft ambiance in the living areas to courtesy lights with a companionway control switch and strategically placed reading lamps. Generous storage lockers and bins throughout allow plenty of space for gear and Island Packet Yachts website
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