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Island Packet 460 Page 2

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Under Sail
We had all the sails (in-mast-furling main, genoa, and staysail) flying for my test. Wind speeds varied from 10 to 15 knots on the flat water of protected Hingham Bay. The boat cut an arrow-straight wake and had no trouble putting her shoulder into the puffs. The puffs would come, we’d heel a bit more and then slowly accelerate. We had some instrumentation/transducer funkiness, but the dealer and I estimated our top speed at about 6 to 7 knots. Tacking with the self-tacking jib was a simple put-the-helm-over exercise, and tacking angles (without pinching) were a shade under 90 degrees. There was no slop in the Edson rack-and-pinion steering system, though the helm feel was a bit husky.

Under power
The 75-horsepower diesel, three-blade fixed prop, and bow thruster made short work of backing out of the tight marina slip. Even a full-keel boat can be maneuverable with the correct setup. Cruising speed under power was about 7 knots over the ground, and the engine didn’t appear to be working hard. Sound levels in the saloon were sufficiently quiet.

More features:

  • Sails are vertical-batten high-modulus Dacron built by Doyle Sails
  • Steering is an Edson rack-and-pinion system
  • The three-blade fixed propeller is from American Propeller
  • Winches are built by Lewmar
  • In-mast roller-furling rig is built by Charleston Spars
  • Deck hardware is supplied by Ronstan and Harken
  • PROs :

  • Seakindly
  • Excellent accommodation plan and joinery
  • Awesome stowage
  • CONs:

  • Steering feels a bit muted
  • Jib boom limits maneuverability forward of the mast
  • High coaming makes cockpit access a bit awkward
  • CONCLUSION

    I’d have no reservations about going offshore in this boat. For cruisers who don’t relish getting bashed around, or having to reef in 14 knots of wind, or spending their watch hand-steering for an extra tenth of a knot, and who want the load-carrying ability to take (most of) what they want with them, the 460 has what it takes.

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