Quality, go anywhere, short-handed, Blue Water Cruiser
If you desire true “GO ANYWHERE” capability, then look no further than the stunning Island Packet Yachts IP420. “Zimwi” (which means ‘spirit’ in Swahili) is a 2000MY of this award-winning yacht and ready for her next home now.
“Zimwi” has strong seakeeping abilities and a high stability factor combined with a cutter rig designed for easy long-distance passage making by two. With comfortable and well-appointed interiors with liveaboard capabilities, this substantial cruising yacht is not to be missed and we are already taking enquiries from around the UK and Europe.
Since taking ownership in 2007 the current owners have maintained, added to and improved many features to make cruising and living aboard even more safe, easy and comfortable.
She comes with many extras built into the boat and on top of this we are offering a “Step on board and sail away” package making that daydream of ‘sailing off into the sunset’ a real and easy possibility.
“Zimwi” has safely taken her current owners to many exciting locations and has proven herself a strong, stable and dependable travelling companion that instils confidence.
Upgrades of note:
New standing rigging 2017
New batteries 2017
Full cockpit enclosure 2019
Sunbrella Plus sprayhood and bimini 2017
New guard rails 2020
New sanitary hoses 2017
New engine mounts 2017
New dual system LPG and solenoid 2020
Engine regularly serviced
Injector pump serviced, injectors replaced 2018
Chainplates, stanchions, gantry and all toe rail fittings professionally rebedded 2018
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The following additional extras and safety equipment are able to be included as a “Sail Away” package for the asking price of £189,995.00
Zimwi has given us 13 years of pleasure. She fills us with confidence for passage making. Numerous times we have watched boats arrive having done the same passage as us with the crew all togged up in their oilies and bemoaning the rough and wet ride, whilst we stayed dry, warm and enjoying the seas.
She’s strong, and she’s surprisingly fast in light winds for a heavy displacement yacht. We achieve 40 to 45 degrees pointing to wind and manoeuvring in tight harbours isn’t a problem. We do have an effective bow thruster but try not to use it She’s safe to sail too with all the furling lines led back to the spacious and well-protected cockpit. Most of our sailing has been as a couple We like long days and passage making and that is in part because she’s comfortable and simple to handle. We rarely have to disturb the person off watch.
We love the self-tacking staysail. When the wind reaches 25k and we furl away the genoa Zimwi comes upright and continues to go like a train. The self-tacking is a blessing on a watch system. It’s also great for adding a bit more canvas in lighter airs. A favourite is to goosewing it with the genoa and main for fast downwind sailing.
Below decks, Zimwi is spacious and comfortable. The berths are proper mattresses, there’s over 6’ of headroom throughout, the galley works well (for little or large crew), the showers are great and there is a tremendous amount of storage – for instance when we cruised Norway and Svalbard last year we had 6 months supply of staple foods, booze and copious amounts of warm clothing!
The cockpit enclosure added in 2019 was one of the best things we’ve done. We chose Owen Sails in Scotland because they know about rough weather. There are three entrances and the sides can roll up independently too. It went on in April and didn’t come down until we returned to Cardiff Marina in late October…fabulous.
We love the boat because of her seaworthiness, quality and comfort. Every year we’ve improved and added to her. Zimwi is NOT the boat that’s been left alone to age quietly in a marina. We have a reputation with friends and our local yard as a practical couple that takes very good care of our pride and joy.
Finally, to answer the question everyone wants to ask; why are we selling and why now after such a brilliant six month cruise year last year.
Well, that’s an easy and hard question to answer. It’s partly that we’ve been sailing for over 25 years, we’ve owned two yachts and have we’ve each logged well over 40,000 miles We could easily keep Zimwi but there are so, so many more things that we want to do too. We are both keen rock climbers and want to pursue this around Europe in our newly acquired camper. And there are many other faraway places to explore and to be honest we’ve become more “interested in the destination than the means of getting there”. Yes, we’ll carry on sailing with friends and by chartering but if we keep Zimwi either our other desires will suffer, or Zimwi will be left alone to age quietly in a marina. So better to sell her on to her next adventure.
Oh, to be sure, we’d be more than happy to sell Zimwi to a family member or a good friend as well – she’s an honest, well-appointed boat in great condition. She has years and years of life and fun left in her for her new owner.
The new 420 defines the latest generation of Island Packet designs with virtually every aspect of this yacht representing a significant evolution from our earlier models in this size range. With ongoing advances in construction technology, equipment selection, manufacturing processes and quality control measures, this will be one of the most desirable and best built yachts Island Packet has ever offered.
The 420 hull incorporates a host of new design elements that further improve a concept that I believe offers the best combination of seakeeping, safety, stability and speed available to the cruising sailor. New bow and stern configurations combine to increase boat speed through a longer sailing waterline and reduced resistance in waves, while refinements to the keel and rudder foil sections will benefit upwind performance, reduce drag and enhance steering. The hull continues to be molded as a one piece (integral hull and keel) solid tri-axial fiberglass structure, utilizing our pressure-fed resin impregnation system, PolyClad®2 gel below the waterline and DuraShieldTM gel on the topsides. I think no one in the marine industry, power or sail, is molding better fiberglass parts than Island Packet.
The 420 deck design continues to offer all the key features long appreciated by Island Packet owners: recessed foredeck with bulwarks, anchor platform with two rollers (our exclusive SeaSafeTM patented design), full length stainless steel cabin top handrails, beautifully molded detail for hardware and a new and improved dodger/windshield mount, and Dorade vents now with stainless steel cowls and welded guards. The cockpit offers long, contoured seats with big lockers under push button latch seat hatches with gas support struts, an insulated beverage box and hand held shower, separate helm seat with backrest and premium rack and pinion pedestal mounted steering (with provision for auto pilot), molded stern rail seats and a central gate leading to a stern platform. As always, sail control lines are lead aft making sail trim or changes convenient from the cockpit. Bins located at the forward end of both coamings have hinged tops and provide handy and neat storage for these lines. With the available option of a roller furling mainsail (now selected by the majority of our new owners), sailing
has become easier and more enjoyable than ever. It’s a real pleasure to be able to quickly set, trim or stow the sails without leaving the cockpit.
While on the subject of the rig, the 420 has been created with a somewhat taller configuration to take advantage of the extra sail carrying ability of this design and to enhance both light air and upwind performance. I should also add that the contributions to performance and sail control from the Hoyt® staysail boom would be hard to overstate. This simple device has “turbo-charged” the staysail’s contribution to overall performance and makes the cutter rig better than ever. I believe Island Packet is the only manufacturer to offer this cutter design configuration, and it is a very big plus for the cruising couple. The 420 should have excellent qualities for cruising under all points of sail in a wide variety of conditions with a very manageable and versatile rig.
I think perhaps the most exciting aspect of the new 420 is the interior arrangement. The beam of over 14 feet and a lot of usable hull length have enabled me to create very spacious accommodations with all the amenities that I think our owners are looking for, along with lots of storage space and large tank capacities to meet the demands of extended cruising. This is going to be a great boat on which to spend a lot of time.
The owner’s quarters are located forward and include a private head compartment with stall shower. The stateroom introduces a new arrangement with a large double berth offset to starboard and angled away from the hull side to allow access from either side. The berth top is hinged and supported with gas struts and may be raised to access a generous storage bin underneath for blankets and the like. Additional drawers, bureaus, shelves, and a cedar lined hanging locker provide ample room for personal items. A dressing seat adds further convenience, and two deck hatches, a Dorade vent and several opening ports will keep this area bright and breezy, as are all other areas throughout the interior.
The adjoining head has a sink vanity with cabinet space over and under, “captain‘s-chair” seating for the toilet, and built-in medicine chest and linen drawers. The shower includes a molded seat and folding textured acrylic door that stows flat against the bulkhead when not in use. Space (and access) has been provided for owner/dealer installation of a bow thruster under the shower seat area.
European owners are more inclined to make this installation, but I think it may be just a matter of time until it becomes common in the USA. We’ve been praised in the press for having some of “the best heads afloat” and I think this one will further that reputation.
The big forepeak is reached through a tall bulkhead door in the shower area. This area is unique in that it features our usual divided chain locker forward (prepared for windlass installation and chain control), plus a separate area immediately aft that will be handy for storage of items like fenders, extra anchors and rodes, etc., when underway.
The aft guest stateroom has a wide double berth, ample storage in a hanging locker and bureau, and private entrance to the aft head compartment. The aft head may also be accessed from the salon area, and includes a shower with curtained enclosure and folding seat over the toilet. The sink vanity has cabinet storage over and under and, as with the forward head, is finished in light colored Formica® laminates with varnished teak trim for an attractive, bright and practical finish. Shower drains in both heads have an electric drain pump discharging overboard, with sole drains configured to work at rest or under sail.
The main salon is notable for its overall spaciousness. Once again I’ve incorporated our long popular arrangement of full length facing settees, with the starboard L-shaped settee able to convert into a double with a pull-out extension. Our trademark folding dining table hinges from the bulkhead storage rack to provide for either a large serving/dining area or, when retracted, a completely open salon. Large storage areas are available under and behind both port and starboard settees, in cabinets outboard and above the settees and in a cedar lined hanging locker. Large capacity tanks for water, fuel and waste are located under the sole, keeping these considerable weights low and close to the center of the yacht to maximize stability, minimize trim changes and increase useful storage elsewhere.
The full size navigation table with swing-out seat, adjacent to the main salon, should please the most ardent navigator, and includes recessed master electrical distribution panels with numerous spare breakers and ample panel space for dealer/owner installed electronics. A storage tray is provided
under the hinged tabletop, with a locker under and outboard of the table and a chart drawer under the settee immediately forward of the nav area.
The 420 galley combines the best features of all previous Island Packet models and is notable for its generous counter space, storage room and numerous convenience features. Our recently developed ice box installation with hinged and double gasketed push-button latch lid and super-insulated box is factory prepared for dealer/owner installation of refrigeration. There’s plenty of room for block ice if preferred, or capacity for extra refrigerated storage on longer voyages. This installation was developed jointly with a professional refrigeration manufacturer and tested by an independent lab during its development. It has resulted in the best insulating qualities of any marine ice box design the lab has tested (and they’ve done quite a few). Seaward’s recently introduced sealed-top LPG range is standard, along with a microwave oven (A/C operation only). Several deep storage drawers, a pull- out trash receptacle, dish rack with cutlery drawers, pot and pan bin, dry storage lockers and counter top cabinets should make one feel right at home. All sole surfaces in the galley, companionway and navigation areas are molded in a slip-resistant diamond pattern for improved safety and ease of maintenance in these frequently used areas. A teak grate in the sole covers a lift-out dust tray, access to the fuel and water tank fittings and the lighted bilge sump.
In the twenty years since the founding of Island Packet Yachts, I am more excited than ever about the yachts we are creating. In many ways, the new 420 represents the best of everything that has earned Island Packet its position as America’s Cruising Yacht Leader.
Bob Johnson, N.A. President (IPY 1999)