Cutter 1988 Island Packet 38 boat for sale at a glance:

  • Price drop! Offered by S & J Yachts Brokers originally for $119,000; now only $109,000
  • Powered by single 1988 Yanmar 4JH / 44 hp
  • The boat located in Irvington, Virginia
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The Island Packet 38 was the first Island Packet model to feature two head compartments, setting the standard for all subsequent IP’s by combining enhanced creature comforts with Island Packet’s traditional seakeeping capabilities.  The yacht has been used only sparingly in recent years but has received loving care, reflected in the new equipment and upgrades below.  The result is a great opportunity to purchase a yacht capable of extensive coastal or long-distance cruising, fully found and a wonderful liveaboard.
 Topsides the Island Packet 38 features a large unobstructed deck and cabin top surfaces with raised bulwarks, premium coarse diamond non-skid, full length cabin top handrails, welded double bow and stern rails and double lifelines.  The custom full enclosure incorporates additional handrails for ease of access; the enclosure also includes screens for summer days at anchor.
The moderate full keel design, unique to Island Packet combines a contemporary performance hull form with a foil shaped full keel that provides spirited performance with comfortable cruising.  Spinache, an Island Packet 35, regularly won the Marion to Bermuda race with its single handing skipper.  The current owners of Horizons returned from the Dominican Republic to Miami in five spirited days and nights.
The interior features a tri-cabin layout with large forward and aft staterooms, each with private access to an adjoining head with shower.  The master stateroom forward utilizes the full beam of the yacht to create an open, roomy layout.  Additional cabinetry was added by the first owner for more storage for extended periods aboard.  The head features a standing room shower.
The aft cabin features a queen size mattress, and the hanging locker is cedar lined.
The main salon is bright and open.  Large settees, a wide sole, wall-mounted retractable table, pullout double berth and numerous stowage areas allow for a variety of uses, including use as an extra cabin.  The navigation station was extended to allow for the addition of extra navigation and audio equipment.  Extra light comes into the cabin from the poly cabin doors used when not in a seaway.
The large wrap-around galley is convenient to both cockpit and salon yet out of companionway traffic and features a new Seaward Princess stove.
New Start Battery 2023New Main Groco Strainer 2023LED Main Salon cabin LightsNew 115% Genoa 2020New Staysail 2022
Fore and Aft Chain Plates and Standing Rigging replaced 2014 after extended cruising in the Caribbean and Mediterranean
All other standing and running rigging replaced in 2020, per survey
All tankage was replaced in 2014


Topsides, the Island Packet 38 features large unobstructed deck and cabin top surfaces. Safe and secure deck work is ensured with raised bulwarks, premium course diamond nonskid, full length cabin top hand rails, welded double bow and stern rails and double lifelines. The deck is trimmed with a wide teak cap rail and a stainless steel striker all around, with teak cockpit coamings and detail trim. All nonskid surfaces are molded in contrasting tan. The roomy cockpit features contoured cockpit seats with deep coaming backrests, a comfortable helmsman's seat, a cavernous locker to starboard, storage tray to port and rack and pinion geared wheel steering for precise feel and utmost reliability. Other details include a fresh water cockpit shower unit, protected engine control panel, folding swim ladder, and lifeline stern and side gates.

The hull is molded in one piece with extra strong triaxial glass, unified with an engineered molded interior grid structure. Deck laminate is cored with advanced Polycel, a tough microsphere and resin matrix that is heat, rot and delamination proof. PolyClad 3 is used on all exterior surfaces backed with a vinylester laminate in the hull. The deck is attached to the integrally molded hull flange with bolts, lock nuts, and urethane adhesive sealant. All deck hardware is thru-bolted with aluminum back up plates.

The moderate full keel design, unique to Island Packet, combines a contemporary performance hull form with a foil shaped full keel providing the benefits of spirited, powerful performance and seakeeping comparable to deeper fin keel designs while providing the ability to explore shallow coastal waters.


Below deck, the interior features a tri-cabin layout with large forward and aft staterooms, each with private access to an adjoining head compartment with shower,and a spacious central salon. The master stateroom with its private head further forward utilizes virtually the full beam of the yacht to create an exceptionally open, roomy layout. A large double berth offset to starboard, oversized hanging locker plus bureau and chest of drawers and numerous other detailed amenities provide for a gracious lifestyle for extended periods aboard.

The inviting main salon is bright and open. Large settees, a wide sole, wall mounted retractable table, pullout double berth and numerous stowage areas allow a variety of uses including gracious entertaining, dining or a third cabin for extra guests. The aft facing nav station is quickly accessible from the cockpit, allowing easy communication with the helmsperson. Fresh air ventilation is afforded by six Lewmar screened deck hatches, four Dorade vents and thirteen opening ports with screens.

The large wrap-around U-shaped galley is convenient to both cockpit and salon yet out of companionway traffic. Standard equipment includes an LPG range with oven, deep double sinks, heavily insulated 14 cubic foot ice box, deluxe teak dish rack with cutlery drawers, hot and cold pressure water, plus thoughtful details such as stove guard rail with harness attachments. Excellent engine access is provided through moveable panels on either side of, and behind, the companionway ladder.

Comfortable accommodations for two are provided in the roomy aft stateroom. The wide double berth, dressing seat, bureau and cedar-lined hanging locker, plus private access to the adjoining head compartment with shower provide gracious quarters for crew or guests.

Construction quality, materials and finish are to the highest standard throughout, not solely to create a finely crafted appearance, but also to build in a lifetime of capability and reliability.


Anodized single spreader aluminum mast, keel-stepped, equipped with a Lewmar #42 jib halyard winch, mast steps and stainless steel grab rail surrounding the mast. Anodized aluminum boom equipped with  adjustable topping lift.

Double Reefed fully Battened mainsail,115% roller furling Genoa and roller furling self tacking Staysail. M ain halyard and mainsheet led to cockpit stoppers and (2) Lewmar #16 winches. Genoa sheets lead to two Lewmar #43 winches mounted on the cockpit coamings.

140 Cruising Spinnaker with Sock

Spinnaker Pole

Rigging last inspected 2020 with no issues found


  –  Raytheon Chartplotter w/GPS at Helm and Nav Station

  –  Icom IC710 SSB Radio, Grounding Plate on top of water tanks
  –  Autohelm 6000 Autopilot w/fluxgate compass
  –  Raytheon ST70 knot Meter; ST70 Depth Meter

  –  Standard Horizon VHF radio w/RAM Mic
  –  Raytheon RL79  Radar, new screen 2020


Xantrex Truecharge 20+ Battery Charger

  –  AM/FM/CD Stereo Radio
  –  Pactor 2e modem
  –  Two Cruiseair Marine reverse cycle A/C, 12,000 and 16,000 Btu
  –  Deep Cycle Batteries: (4) house 6v, 2020; (1) Start Battery 2023
  –  5kw Northern Lights Generator/270 hours
  –  Kiss Wind Generator
  –  Solar Panel: 100 Watts
  –  Maxwell Vertical Windless 1500 Series  


  –  Propane stove: Princess 3-burner w/oven

  –  Microwave
  –  Refrigeration: Nova Kool cold plate refrigerated ice box
  –  Water System: Pressurized 12V hot/cold system

  –  LPG vented deck locker pressure regulator and gauge


  – 1988 Yanmar 4JH Diesel 5060 hrs, 44hp Direct Drive
  – New Dripless Shaft Seal
  – Dual Racor Fuel Filters with Filter Boss Commander
  – 3 Blade Bronze Prop
  – Evinrude 6 Horsepower Model E6REDS (No dinghy included)


  –  Two head compartments containing (2) manual toilets Y-valve w/discharge to polyethylene tank or overboard.


  –  Bilge pumps: 12V auto/manual bilge pump and (1) manual cockpit pump

  –  Ground tackle: Primary anchor rode approx. 200 ft. 5/16” chain, secondary rode approx. 50 ft. 5/16” chain, 40 ft. 5/8” nylon
  –  Primary Anchor: 45lb Fisherman
  –  Secondary Anchor 40lb CQR


  –  Full Cockpit Enclosure
  –  Bug Screens
  –  Stack Pack
  –  Bronze 3 blade prop
  –  Stainless Steel bow pulpit w/bowsprit and dual anchor rollers
  –  Dinghy Davits

  –  Cockpit cushions
  –  Waterproof helm seat cushions, seat and back
  –  (2) 30 amp shore power cords

  –  Docking lines; fenders


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.

Approximate boat location – Irvington, Va 23043
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