€299,000 tax paid

2006-launched with full blue water spec

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelIsland Packet 485
DesignerBob Johnson
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingLa Palma, Spain


EngineYanmar 4JH3-HTE 100hp
Engine Hours2400
Fuel Capacity1155l
Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity1155l


Fantastic high spec example of this bomb-proof ocean cruiser. With just two owners since new and EU VAT paid, she is just the ticket for any planned big adventure or simply enjoying life living aboard.


Launched in 2006, this high spec Island Packet is in just her second ownership. Purchased by her current European owner in San Diego, she has been used for trans-Atlantic cruises, often single-handed thanks to her ocean-minded specification and such features as radar guard zone, AIS and a powerful and reliable mamba-drive autopilot. 150Nm 24hrs passages are easily possible in normal conditions. Further blue water specification highlights include her 8kw generator, watermaker, wind generator, solar panels and large keel-cooled fridge & freezer capacities, electric winch package, CE Certified as Cat A and VAT-paid in the Azores, she is good to go.

KARMA is now offered for sale as her owner is now planning new adventures involving a sailing a multi-hull from Australasia back to Europe.

As with all Island Packets, there are many unique features in her construction which contribute to their reputation as solid and dependable mile-munchers. These features include:-

• CE Certified: All models meet or exceed the highest available independent rating – Category “A” – Ocean.
• Exclusive Full Foil Keel® for unrivalled combination of performance, seakeeping, safety, control and comfort.
• Hull and keel design minimizes fouling and impact damage to keel, rudder and prop.
• One piece, hand laminated, solid fiberglass hull and keel resulting in the strongest possible construction.
• Triaxial knitted laminate integration for superior strength and impact resistance.
• Moderate draft allowing for access to wider range of cruising grounds.
• Low, generous tank storage makes for added interior stowage and enhanced stability.
• Full roller furling sail systems with controls leading to cockpit. Hoyt® boom provides improved performance and control.
• Recessed foredeck for on-deck security.
• Patented Sea Safe® anchor rollers and integral bow platform: fully captive, low chafe chain/rode guides, quick anchor deployment and secure stowage.
• PolyClad®3 gelcoat system for superior gloss retention/crack resistance and protection against osmotic blisters — 10 year limited warranty from build.
• PolyCore® deck coring material is decay proof and has strength and rigidity — 10 year limited warranty from build.


Bob Johnson’s passion for sailing bloomed at an early age. He was only eight when he bought his own subscription to Yachting magazine, and fourteen when he wrote a term paper on his future career as a naval architect. That same year, he lofted his first sailboat on the living room floor, then sailed it down Lake Worth, with his brother holding a garden umbrella for a spinnaker. He was hooked for life.

Even though he became a mechanical engineer, ending up at McDonnell Douglas designing missiles, his heart was still with sailboats. With a master’s degree from MIT in naval architecture, he went to Florida and worked with Irwin Yachts and Endeavor, gradually becoming general manager. But he had a well engineered dream. He started Island Packet modestly in the mid-seventies by borrowing money to buy the molds for a 26 footer with a beam of more than 10 feet — a catboat proportion. He was everything at the company — engineer, purchasing agent, production manager and sales staff. Island Packet grew to a peak of two hundred employees in an immaculate, family-owned facility and has developed over the decades one of the most enthusiastic and loyal followings in cruising boat history.

As a dedicated observer, Johnson had seen boats go from full-keel, wineglass-shaped hull forms to the Cal 40 type with a fin-keeled, U-shaped underbody. He was struck by the fact that there had been no thoughtful, logical transition from one extreme to another. He felt that something sensible, seaworthy, and very manageable was missing. He wanted to utilize the best of both extremes by taking a modern U-shaped hull for performance and create a long keel for seaworthiness, not only by stretching the fin keel and making it shallower, but by making it an air foil shape. Instead of the big barn door rudder hung on the aft end of the keel, which generated huge turning radiuses, he separated the two and connected the bottom of the keel to the bottom of what was now a counterbalanced spade rudder. In this way, he maintained the stability and seakeeping quality of a long keel and gained a good shallow draft. Even in case of grounding, his internally ballasted hull would suffer little damage compared to the major repairs necessary for bent keel bolts or tornout bottoms, which some deep finkeelers might endure.


Sailing the IP 485 offers few surprises, which isn’t at all a bad thing. The boat steers easily, with the Whitlock Mamba rack-and-pinion steering seemingly always on its best behaviour. There was just enough feedback to aid in sail trim and virtually no slack. The big IP rudder, hinged at the shoe of the keel and the hull, has no balancing planar area, but the steering never felt overloaded. Run the wheel full over while going ahead or make a moderate turn in reverse and the wheel never tries to run away from you.

The boat sails easily and comfortably; those two words encapsulate the boat’s greatest virtue. It is forgiving, and will sail within a wide range of trim. This is not a finely tuned racing machine that requires a change of trim to make a five-degree change of direction. It will, of course, benefit from such careful attention, but you can sail this boat in and out of its “groove” with nearly equal ease. A shorthanded crew, such as the cruising couple that represent the typical IP customer, will achieve high average speeds without too much effort.

Offshore, we sailed Dancing in the Dark hard, trimmed as needed, and while we relied on the autopilot for much of the steering, by paying attention to how many spokes of weather helm the boat was carrying and keeping a careful eye on sail trim, we crossed the line at the end of our 1,500- mile boat test ahead of a lot of boats that were supposedly faster.

Should this be your next boat? Do you want a big, comfortable passagemaker that will put up with anything the sea is likely to come up with? Are you content to have a boat much faster than its reputation— if you sail it well? And then there’s the IP owners’ collective consciousness. When you buy an IP, you join the club of like-minded cruisers. The loyalty of IP owners is legendary, and their annual regatta is an amazing event. The folks at Largo will never forget you just because your boat was made 10 or 15 years ago. They know where nearly every boat they ever made is located. They keep track of what has gone wrong so they can fix it in the next design. Their “make it right” attitude, shown so well with the chart locker incident, is a good example.

The 485 is their most ambitious boat to date, and it would not be overstating things to call it their flagship. It is certainly meeting with acceptance. As of press time there were five 485s in the water, with another 15 on order. Island Packet has, for the time being, ceased production of their smaller boats to concentrate on filling orders for the 485, which should be rolling out the doors at the rate of one every two weeks. Bob Johnson and his crew in Largo seem to have done everything right with this boat and the growing numbers of owners obviously think so as well.

Blue Water Sailing Magazine – March 2003



RCD Status:
• CE Certification - A

Hull Construction:
• Hand laid GRP hull using triaxial glass providing approx. twice strength of conventional woven rovings and five times greater impact resistance.
• Hull constructed in one piece including keel.
• The hull of the 485 is finished with Polyclad isophthalic resin.
• Internally the gelcoat is a vinylester skin coat.
• Hull is roughly an inch and a half thick at the turn of the bilge, tapering to half an inch at the hull flange.
• Internal engineered structural grid in Polycore

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Decks in GRP, PolyCore, light ivory gelcoat. Diamond Non skid finish, teak toe rail capping
• Triaxial and biaxial glass is used.
• Superstructure in GRP with deckhouse windows.

Keel & Rudder:
• Full foil Keel technology, encapsulates the keel.
• Cast lead sections are lowered into the matching cavities and laminated over using more triaxial fabric.
• Full keel leads to a lower pintle rudder balanced rudder of unidirectional glass and biaxial epoxy glass, vacuum bagged and oven cured


Engine & gearbox:
• Yanmar 4JH3-HTE 4-cylinder 100hp turbo-charged diesel engine
• Approx. 2,400hrs run as of January 2019
• Engine last serviced – December 2018
• Single lever throttle/shifter on steering pedestal
• Custom Island Packet engine instrument panel in cockpit
• Python drive axle shaft system with thrust bearing for noise and vibration reduction
• Kanzaki Model KM4A transmission
• Conventional stuffing box for reliability

Propulsion & Steering:
• 3-bladed fixed propeller
• Sleipner SidePower 7hp 12vDC bowthruster
• Lewmar Mamba geared direct drive steering
• Emergency tiller.


Voltage systems:
• 12vDC domestic systems with 110vAC via shore-power, inverter or generator

Battery Banks:
• 1x 12vDC AGM engine start battery
• 1x 12vDC AGM generator start battery
• 6x 12vDC AGM service batteries
• 2x 12vDC AGM batteries in bow for bowthruster and anchor windlass

Charging & Inverter:
• Charles Industries 5000 series 3-stage 100Amp battery charger
• Prosine Inverter

• MasPower 8kw 110vAC generator
• Generator hours: approx. 3,200 as of January 2019
• Generator last serviced – December 2018

• Bamar 12v 110 Amp alternator

Other Electrical:
• 220v and 110v shore power with isolation transfomer and circuit breakers
• Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator
• Solar Panels (300w)


Fresh Water:
• The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 230v AC immersion heater element
• 12vDC pressure pump
• Water filter system for pressurised cold water supply

• Village Marine ‘No Frills’ 450 gallon per day modular watermaker

Bilge Pumps:
• Electric bilge pump
• Manual bilge pump
• Shower drain pumps


• 1,155 litres fuel capacity in 1x aluminium tank

Fresh Water:
• 1,155 litres fresh water capacity in 2x GRP moulded tanks with electronic (inductive) level gauges

Holding Tank:
• 227 litres black water holding tank capacity


• Raymarine E80 GPS radar chart- plotter display
• Raymarine 18” 2kw closed-array Radome radar scanner
• Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS antenna
• Raymarine ST6002 autopilot with S3G high performance core pack and Lewmar Mamba rotary autopilot drive
• Raymarine ST60 wind, speed, depth and log instruments
• Raymarine wind transducer - 2018
• Steering compass

Communications Equipment:
• Icom IC-M504 VHF
• Icom HM162 Command Mic
• Icom IC-802 SSB
• P4 Dragon DR-7800 modem (Pactor 4 capable) - 2018


• Force 10 gimballed 3-burner LPG stove with oven and broiler
• Microwave oven
• Dual Frigoboat keel-cooler refrigeration systems
• Refrigerated drawer beneath freezer box
• Twin stainless steel sinks with hot & cold pressurised water
• Washer/dryer

• Vacuflush electric heads with tank monitors and dedicated flush tank
• Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with shower in heads

• 7x Hella 12vDC fans
• Deckhead hatches with Ocean Air screens and shades
• Dorade vents

• Jensen Marine radio/CD player with Polyplaner speakers


Summary of Accommodation:

Forward Cabin:
• The forward guest stateroom features private access to the adjacent head, a large double island berth, and an array of lockers, cabinets, drawers and shelves suitable for extended stay aboard. The berth top hinges on gas support struts to reveal a blanket tray underneath. Several ports and an overhead hatch provide ample light and ventilation.

Forward Heads:
• The forward head compartment has a vanity with a wrap-around Granulon counter and integral sink, plus a separate stall shower with teak seat and folding acrylic doors. An electric drain pump is standard for both forward and aft showers, plus sole drains in the vanity/head areas are provided for routine clean up. The VacuFlush toilet is located in a curved area of the vanity counter to provide “captain’s chair” seating. Two opening ports, an overhead hatch and Dorade vent keep this area bright and fresh.

Third Cabin:
• The third cabin, located across from the forward head, has been configured to be a multi-use area, suitable for both an office and workshop. The L-shaped counter/desk/bench has built in cabinets under each end and a central knee-well with a retracting upholstered chair operated by the push of a button. Filler to create double bunk.

• Expansive main saloon with panoramic views through an array of large windows. Full length settees with gently angled shapes luxurious upholstery, and an open central area invite socializing and gracious entertaining. A hallmark Island Packet feature, the saloon table stows against the forward bulkhead and easily deploys to create a large dining area when desired. Settees extend on built-in rollers for table seating, with the starboard side converting to a double berth when fully extended. A smaller, removable table is also provided with a lift-out post for mounting at either side of the saloon for occasional use.

Chart Table:
• The navigation centre, adjacent the companionway in its own spacious alcove, features a high backed swivel armchair, inlaid table with storage tray, and cabinetry space sufficient to mount whatever equipment is likely to be selected. A hinged, vertical storage bin neatly stows charts aft of the seat, and the master electrical panels for equipment are within easy reach of both the nav area and companionway.

• The galley has a wide, open layout with ample room for two or more to work comfortably together, and three opening ports to keep it light and airy. Two insulated compartments outboard have drop-front design hinged lids on gas strut supports for easy access. With extensive insulation and gasketing, and these are configured as a refrigerator and freezer compartment. A pull-out refrigerated drawer is included for quick access to popular beverages and foods, while all the conveniences one has come to expect from island Packet are also provided, including built-in dish racks and cutlery drawers, deep double sinks, trash bin, microwave, and abundant cabinet and locker storage. Further enhancements include custom Corian counter surface with integral sea rails, stove, extra harness attachments, and a water purifying system serving all interior cold water sink taps.

Owner’s Cabin:
• The owner’s stateroom aft, features an offset queen-sized island berth surrounded by a wide teak and holly sole and array of cabinets, locker, drawers and shelves, as well as a luxurious dressing chair. Extra height rods are provided outboard in the hanging locker, and a vanity area with a mirror and drawer sits just forward of the berth.

Owner’s Ensuite Heads:
• The private aft head is located ensuite, and features a vanity with integrally moulded Granulon countertop and sink, separate shower stall with teak seat and folding acrylic doors, and a standard VacuFlush head situated in an alcove with a curved Granulon countertop forming secure and comfortable seating.

Accommodation Finish:
• Select teak hardwoods and veneers are used for interior bulkheads, cabinetry and trim, with deluxe raised panel cabin doors and extensive radius corner detailing
• Cedar lined lockers and drawers
• Teak and holly soles in all staterooms as well as the forward passageway and main saloon.
• A furniture quality satin varnish finish covers all interior wood surfaces.
• Slip resistant moulded cabin soles are located in head and shower compartments, galley, nav center and companionway area.
• Ultraleather fabric in saloon.
• Premium designer fabrics and surfaces harmonize and compliment the luxurious interior throughout.
• Ample interior natural light and ventilation is provided by a total of fifteen stainless steel opening ports, six opening overhead hatches with built-in Ocean Air shades and screens, and seven large fixed saloon windows with stainless steel exterior frames and deep tinted safety glass that exceed CE Category-“A” requirements.
• Numerous LED lights are located throughout the interior for general illumination, reading or night lighting in key areas. Convenience lights are also installed in deck lockers, bilge areas and machine spaces.


• The high aspect sail plan coupled with the convenience of all major control lines led aft to the cockpit delivers spirited, safe and easy cruising for solo sailors or family outings.
• Roller furling systems on both the standard main and jib add convenience
• Cutter rig with a patented Hoyt Boom® and roller furling staysail adds performance and provides superb adaptability to a wide range of sailing conditions.
• Lewmar electric winch package with 2x electric primary winches, 1x electric halyard winch, 1x manual halyard winch, 2x manual secondary winches, plus further halyard winches on mast.

• Dacron inmast furling mainsail - 2016
• Dacron 110% roller furling genoa - 2016
• Dacron furling staysail (Hoyt boom) – 2018
• Asymmetric cruising chute with snuffer – as new

• Stainless steel stern gantry for solar panels
• Anodised aluminium mast for wind generator
• Raw water washdown on deck
• Dinghy launch and retrieve system
• Cockpit table

Anchoring & Mooring:
• Muir Cheetah HR2500 12vDC horizontal anchor windlass with chain gypsy and line warping drum
• 70lbs Rocnar anchor with 230ft 7/16th calibrated chain
• Fortress FX23 aluminium kedge anchor
• Fenders & warps

Tender & Outboard:
• AB 310cm RIB
• Suzuki 15hp 4-stroke outboard
• Yamaha 2.5hp 4-stroke secondary outboard

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Blue canvas sprayhood
• Blue canvas bimini
• Cockpit cushions

Viewing arrangements

Lying La Palma, Canary Islands

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

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