44’7″ Island Packet 420



Located In: San Carlos, Mexico
Year: 2003
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Yachtworld Number: 3715867

From Bluewater Sailing Magazine:

“Island Packet 420 • Not long after Bob Johnson and his scrupulous team at Island Packet Yachts introduced the Island Packet 420 in 1999, BWS had the opportunity to sail aboard a brand-new one on a springtime romp from Norfolk, Va., across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda. It was one of those ideal boat-test situations of the sort that this magazine covets—650 miles of serious offshore sailing to a classic destination in the unpredictable North Atlantic aboard a vessel unquestionably designed for and suited to blue-water passagemaking. We weren’t disappointed in the passage or the vessel. In the October 2000 issue we wrote, “There’s nothing like falling off a wave at nine knots in the middle of the night to give you an idea of how well a boat is put together.”

What we found was a sturdy boat, solidly built, aboard which nothing broke, groaned, worked, leaked or shifted in conditions likely to coax any of those unwanted visitations out of less robust craft. The 420’s solid-laminate hull is laid up with tri-axial cloth under pressure; the interior furniture sits on a structural interior floor pan, while bulkheads are tabbed to the hull and deck; ballast in the keel is internal and enclosed, sealing the keel and creating what is in effect a second bottom in that area. Particularly impressive is how the chain plates are incorporated into the hull. Located outboard to enable a wide support base for the rig, they are fixed directly to the hull with a belt-and-suspender system of double welds embedded in fiberglass and reinforced with unidirectional glass and bi-axial glass run fanlike well down beyond the turn of the bilge. It’s bulletproof.

The design hardly jarred the Island Packet paradigm at the time, but it did represent the latest developmental step in a well-established line. We remarked, “The boat utilizes the Full Foil Keel thinking that Johnson has brought to bear in so many of his past designs. By configuring the long keel as a hydrodynamic foil more refined than a simple slab-sided section, the part is intended to develop lift as speed through the water increases, not unlike a modern-day fin…The net benefit is a hull design boasting less than five feet of draft (4’6” in the shoal option), able to be laid up as a one-piece molding, with an easy and forgiving motion in a seaway.”

Our stroll through the numbers uncovered “a boat moderate in all respects,” which is to say safe and forgiving in oceangoing conditions. On paper, the 420 is stiff and stable in a blow (B/D 40%). For a long-range, system-heavy cruiser with a lot of volume and payload-carrying ability, she commands an unexpectedly supple D/L mark of 257, well into the medium range for such a vessel. And in the horsepower department, SA/D at 18 indicates a good spread of canvas for developing speed in moderate air, but not so much as to put the spreaders in the water when the breeze pipes up; as we noted, “Certainly our positive Gulf Stream experience with a full main and staysail in 22 to 30 knots of wind speaks to this.” We summed it all up by observing that “one of the satisfying things about the IP 420—and the rest of the Island Packet line, for that matter—is that the boats are pure cruising craft, not designed to be all things to all people.” The passage to Bermuda featured sustained close-reaching speeds of eight to nine knots in the breezy going just described, with good response at the helm and a solid bearing through the water. The 420, we suggested, “is strong in the straight-on cruising realm of sailing: large tanks, comfortable motion, easy to sail alone or as a couple, durable, forgiving in rough seas, a great galley and a trustworthy design concept.”

LOA 44’7” (13.6 m.)
LWL 37’4” (11.3 m.)
Beam 14’3” (4.3 m.)
Draft (std.) 5’0” (1.5 m.)
Draft (shoal) 4’6” (1.4 m.)
Ballast 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kgs.)
Displ. 30,000 lbs. (13,160 kgs.)
SA (100%) 1,088 sq. ft. (101 sq. m.)
Ballast/Displ. 40%
Displ./Length 257
SA/Displ. 18.0
Fuel 160 gals. (606 ltr.)
Water 250 gals. (946 ltr.)
Auxiliary 75-hp Yanmar diesel
Designer Bob Johnson


From Dick Simon Yachts:

Down below, the galley, to starboard, has a small hatch above the working area as well as an opening port and a small, well-placed fan. Together, the three provide great ventilation. The L-shaped galley offers easy safety-harness attachments, and the design keeps the chef out of the companionway. The two deep, stainless-steel sinks are excellent, as is the large amount of countertop space that’s surrounded by effective fiddles. There’s a top-opening, double- gasketed lid on the reefer, a well-gimbaled stove/oven, and a microwave. It all adds up to a very usable galley.

I was really pleased with the ample storage available in lockers in the galley. They have secure catches and seem easy to modify for bluewater passages with additional fiddles or bungee cords. The locker next to the sink takes care of the often troublesome garbage bucket. Nearby is another roomy locker for pots and pans. The three-burner stove is easy to light and operate, but the oven is smallish for anyone cooking for more than two or three people.

I was pleased to find that the storage lockers in the saloon, staterooms, and heads are cedar-lined-a nice touch, well suited to a marine environment. Years ago, we added cedar paneling to the lockers aboard our 1969 Ericson 41 to aid in the war against mildew. Even after 15 years, all it takes is a light sanding to bring back that great cedar smell. The storage capacity of the saloon lockers is excellent; however, dividers or containers might be necessary to keep things more self-contained in these large, open spaces.

The double berths forward and aft would be great at anchor but are less than ideal sea berths. With lee cloths, the settees in the saloon should work as underway berthing for the off watch. When off the wind, the athwartship berth in the aft cabin may even be usable. But even for long-distance voyagers, most nights afloat are spent moored, so perhaps this is the right blend of berthing after all.

Another great feature of this roomy cutter is the good-sized aft head, which also makes a great temporary wet locker. Although the varnished-plywood cabin sole will become slippery if wet conditions are brought below, there’s a drain grate, excellent nonskid, and plenty of well-placed handholds at the bottom of the companionway-another example of how Island Packet has refined this cruising boat for the conditions to which it’ll be exposed.

This vessel is located in beautiful San Carlos Sonora, Mexico, A short 250 mile drive on a safe 4 lane highway from Nogales, Az. San Carlos is a known boating destination/community, featuring breathtaking scenery, quiet anchorages nearby, great fishing, diving, two marinas, 3 haul out facilities and much more.

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.

Financial and titling transactions are conducted in the US or Canada by licensed agents. An offshore purchase means great savings and the process is more hassle-free than you may think! Call for details.

San Carlos Yachts
Marina San Carlos
011 52 (646) 341-2609

Detailed Information



  • LOA:  44’7”
  • LWL:  37’4”
  • LOD:  44’7”
  • Beam:  14’3”
  • Max Draft:  5’
  • Height (Bridge Clearance):  59’
  • Ballast: 12,000 lbs
  • Dry Weight:  30,000 lbs
  • Headroom:  6’4”
  • Displacement:  30,000 lbs
  • Hull material:  GRP
  • Keel type:  Full Keel
  • Rudder:  Stainless steel shoe supported (“safety skeg”)

Engine and propulsion

  • Engine make:  Yanmar
  • Engine model:  4JH3TBE
  • GAL/HR Cruise:  2
  • GAL/HR Max:  4.5
  • Range:  800 km
  • Fuel Type:  Diesel
  • Cruising Speed:  7.2 knots
  • Cruising RPM:  2800
  • Engine year:  2003
  • Total Engine Power:  75 hp
  • Number of Engines:  1
  • Propeller Type:  Folding
  • Engine hours:  4940
  • Max speed:  7.9 knots
  • Max RPM:  3800
  • Bow Thruster:  Side Power SP75T
  • Dinghy outboard:  Yamaha 20 hp 2018 XMO

Tank Capacity

  • Total QTY of Fuel Tanks:  1
  • Total Capacity:  160 Gallons
  • Fuel Tank Material:  Aluminum
  • Total Number of Water Tanks:  1
  • Total Capacity:  250 Gallons
  • Water Tank Material:  Aluminum
  • Total Number of Holding Tanks:  1 (Wellington 2014)
  • Total Capacity:  60 Gallons
  • Holding Tank Material:  Plastic


  • Stateroom Sleeps:  2
  • Aft Cabin Sleeps:  2
  • Dinette sleeps:  2 (Convert Salon)
  • Single Berths:  2 (Cockpit)
  • Double Berths:  1 (Convert Salon)
  • Twin Berths:  1 (Convert Salon)
  • Cabins:  2 (Owners Stateroom & Aft Cabin)
  • Bathrooms:  2 (w/ Grohe showers)
  • Heads:  2 (Raritan manual flush)


  • Refrigeration:  Frigoboat 12 VDC
  • Freezer:  Frogoboat 12VDC
  • Microwave:  Sunbeam 0.7 (2020)
  • Water System:  Pressurized 12VDC
  • Water Heater:  Whale 11 GAL (2018)
  • Stove:  3 burner Seaward Princess w/oven
  • Cooking fuel:  Propane
  • Sink:  Double Stainless Steel

Covers & Cushions

  • Dodger:  Captains Blue Iverson (2018)
  • Wheel/Tiller Cover:  Binnacle/Helm Sunbrella Cover (2007)
  • Cockpit:  Aft cockpit with Sunbrella spray covers
  • Bimini:  Captains Blue on 1 1/4 SS (2018)
  • Hatches:  9 locking Lewmar hatches w/screens
  • Cockpit Cushions:  3 cockpit cushions
  • Full Winter Covers:  Iverson full enclosure with Isinglass on-1 1/4 SS (2018)
  • Mainsail:  Mack mainsail in mast 2013
  • Genoa:  Sunbrella UV (furling)
  • Trisail:  In Bag
  • Staysail:  Sunbrella UV (furling)
  • Bug Screens:  Companionway screens and all hatches

Electronic and Navigation Equipment

  • SSB:  ICOM IC-M802 2006
  • SSB tuner:  ICOM AT-140 Antenna Tuner 200
  • Pactor Modem:  SCS Pactor USB Modem (2006)
  • Radar:   Garmin GMR40 Digital Radar (2006)
  • Radar Alarm:  Yes Included w/GMR40 Radar (2006)
  • VHF:  Standard Horizon Matrix GX2150 2015
  • GPS:  Garmin 3210 GPS Map (2006)
  • GPS #2:  Garmin 3010c GPS Map (2003)
  • TV/DVD/VCR:  Sony 19″ LCD (2006) w/Sony DVD (2018)
  • Rudder Angle:  Raymarine Smart Heading System 
  • AIS Receiver:  AIS350 Raymarine Receiver (2015)
  • AIS Transponder:  AIS650 (B) Raymarine Transceiver (2015)
  • Others:  AIS100 Splitter (2015)
  • Stereo:  Fusion MS-UD650 Pandora/Sirius/Bluetooth
  • Printer/Scanner/Fax:  HP3775 Print/Scan/Copy/Web (2019)
  • Depth sounder:  GSD22 Sounder (2009)
  • Hailer:  Standard Horizon VHF w/Loud Hailer (2012)
  • Wind speed / direction:  Raymarine ST60 Tridata
  • Autopilot:  Raymarine ST7001
  • Autopilot remote:  Yes
  • Plotter:  2 Garmin 3010c Chart Plotters (2006)
  • Compass:  Ritchie Powerstamp
  • Satellite Comms:  Iridium 9505a Sat Phone w/Hi Gain fixed mount antenna (2019)
  • WX Fax:  IC-M802 w/Pactor Modum and PC* (2006)
  • Repeaters:  SHM GX2150 25W (2015)
  • Radar Detector:   Davis Deluxe Echomaster Radar Reflector

Electrical Systems

  • House bank 1:   6x FireFly AGM Group 31 – 116AH each (2018)
  • Start bank 1:  1x Lifeline Deepcycle AGM – 110AH (2018)
  • Battery monitor:  Xanbus SCP (2018)
  • Battery switch:  2 – House & Aux
  • Invertor:  Freedom SW Inv/Chg
  • Generator:  NextGen UCM1-3.5
  • Gen Hrs:  265.4
  • Alternator:  Balmar 100amp
  • AC Voltages:  120V
  • Frequency:  60Hz
  • DC Voltages:  12V
  • Battery charger:  Freedom SW Inv/Chg
  • Solar:  2x Sunrise SW110 (2012)
  • Wind Gen:  Air-X Marine 400W (2010)
  • Smart Reg:  Freedom SW Inv/Chg
  • Other:  Spare New HO Balmar 110

Sails & Rigging

  • Main:  In mast Mack Sail (2013)
  • Jib:  Quantum 120 Genoa (2003)
  • Spinnaker:  FX-12 Asym Cruising Spinnaker (2007) 
  • Genoa:  110% Quantum Genoa
  • Staysail:   Quantum (2003) on Hoyt boom
  • Storm Tri-sail:  Yes (2008)
  • Sail Area:  924.00 soft
  • Traveler:  Ronstan (2003)
  • Roller Furling:  Inmast Harken MK, 2-Harken MKII
  • Winches:  2x Lewmar 54ST, 1x #44ST, 2x #24 2x #16, 1x #8
  • Boom Vang:  Compression boom vang on main
  • Mast:  Aluminum Keel-Stepped
  • Standing Rigging:  SS wire, Chrm/brz turnbuckles, SS toggles, SS chainplate
  • Lines Led Aft:  All, except vang and halyards
  • Spinnaker Pole:  Aluminum, Mast Mounted
  • Whisker Pole:  Aluminum
  • Other:  Riding Sail Pointer #3 (2007), Double Backstay w/ Insulator

Deck Equipment

  • Anchor #1:  33 kg Rockna
  • Chain length/size:  275’ 5/16” G4 Galvanized
  • Line:  on apex 200’ 5/8” braided Dacron
  • Anchor #2:  34 kg CQR
  • Chain:  15’ 5/16” G4 Galvanized
  • Anchor #3:  24 kg Seahook
  • Line:  350’ 1/2” Poly on spool
  • Anchor #4:  Dingy-10lb mushroom
  • Line:  on app 45’ braided poly
  • Windlass:  Simpson/Lawrence Sprint 1500 Vertical 12VDC, capstan new motor (2012)
  • Dinghy:  Titan 10′ Rib Fiberglass
  • Bow Rollers:  Dual SS Rollers
  • Nav Lights:  Bow, Sten, Mast, Steaming LED, Stern, Port, Stbd
  • Deck Lights:  LED 
  • Ladder:  SS on transom
  • Rails:  1” SS
  • Dinghy Davits:  1” SS Kato (2004)
  • Gates:  Stern, Port, Stbd
  • Deck Material:  FRP nonskid
  • Swim Step  FRP transom
  • Bow Pulpit:  Integral FRP w/Teak overlay 1″ SS rails
  • Mast Pulpit:  1” SS Port & Stbd
  • Lifelines:  SS wire (2018)
  • Deck Wash:  Forward raw, Aft fresh

Mechanical Systems

  • Bilge Pump:  Rule 3700 gph 12 VDC submersable
  • Raw Water Sea Strainer:  Grohe SA1000
  • Bilge Blower:  Rule inline bilge blower
  • Fire extinguishing:  2 Haylon, 1 Drychem ABC
  • Fuel filters:  Yanmar 129574-55711, Racor 2010  
  • Fuel Shut Off:  Yes
  • Lube Oil System:  Complete enclosed forced lubrication
  • Fresh Water Cooling System:  Fresh water cooler with heat exchanger
  • Head Type:  2x Raritan Manual
  • Holding Tank:   60 Gal plastic with electric macerator pumps
  • Heater:  Webasto DBW2010, Cabin, Dickenson Newport diesel
  • Watermaker:  Spectra Cape Horn (2019)
  • Propeller:  4 blade 20″ VariProp DF-112
  • Extra Propeller:  Fixed 19″ 3 blade
  • Full Shaft:  1 1/4″ SS (2018)
  • Steering:  Whitlock mechanical drive w/emr-cast AL tiller arm
  • Bow Thruster:  Side Power SP75T w/helm & bow controls
  • Transmission:  Kanzaki Shaftdrive Marine Transmission
  • House Fans:  Yes, 12V DC

Fishing Equipment

  • Rod Holders:  Salon ceiling mounted
  • Other:  Rail mounted fillet table, 4 fishing rod holders

Safety Equipment

  • Lifejackets:  x4 Westmarine inflatable coastal
  • Lifesling:  Lifesling-2 (2004)
  • Life-raft:  Viking 6UKSL 6 man
  • USCG Safety Package:  2 rescueME MOB Rapid Link
  • Strobe:  ACR SM-2 Buoy Light
  • MOB Pole:  3x Boat Hooks
  • Jacklines:  2-Cockpit, 2-full length deck
  • Flares:  Orion Marine Signal Kit
  • Other:  3-Coastguard orange lifejackets. 2 lanyards