Other than endless sunshine, beautiful beaches and bugs the size of chihuahuas, Florida is home to some of the top boat builders in the country. Only a few miles from our
Website HQ in Tampa Bay, Island Packet Yachts has been building cruising sailboats since 1979. If you’re ever in the area, stop by and get the grand tour. Here’s a few pictures from our recent visit.
An IP460 being built for a Key West photojournalist and fishing buddy of Jimmy Buffett
Interior work on the IP460
Wire panel – electronics will be factory installed.
Deck to hull joint is SS through bolted and bonded. This gal isn’t coming apart!
The new Island Packet 520 in the works! Being built for a Miami couple who are buying their fourth IP model.
Every minute detail is put into the plug, all handmade by top craftsman. A lot of man-hours go into its creation.
So big that…
…can’t fit in one picture.
This was a plug made for a custom hard dodger.
The resulting mold from the hard dodger plug.
Instead of fitting the dodger to the boat, a partial deck is cast from the original mold. Pretty slick.
IP recently started making Seaward boats. This is a Seaward deck mold.
The interior ceiling for the new 52.
A couple rudders that were sent in for repair.
Bow section casting of the 520’s interior. You can see the shower and head on the port side.
A plug for the midship of the 520.
Fitting the fuel tank to the giant, empty 520 hull.
A Seaward mold sits to the right.
The transom of the 520 hull.
Looking out at the shop.
A Seaward 46RK sits to the left.
Will be done soon.
Seaward 26RK discussion.
A newborn diesel.
The secret black stuff that goes between the teak.
The huge woodworking building
IP evens makes the louvered interior doors.
It takes skill for these kind of corners.
Making the Iconic Blue Jacket Star inlay.
Working on a Seaward star.
More of the IP star creation.
Some SS ladders awaiting their teak steps.
Lumber – big and beautiful.
In the varnish room – special order cockpit tables for current owners.
A nav station for a new boat.
Jig for SS bow rail/pulpit.
Hand bent SS.
Tom in the metal shop has templates for EVERYTHING.
Retrofitting another Key West boat
A new beautiful IP 37 almost ready to go out the door – to Lake Superior!
The classic IP keel.
The cafe style hatch doors are a thing of beauty.
She’ll be cutting through the waves this spring!