38' Island Packet 1989



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38' Island Packet 1989 Apsara


1989 Island Packet 38 We are pleased to present this classic 1989 Island Packet 38. She is the perfect boat to sail the Caribbean in and she just arrived back from the Bahamas and now earning a well deserved rest on the hard in Indiantown. She is extremely capable and very well equipped to set out on her next adventure! 

  • 44 H.P. Yanmar 4JHE engine
  • Icom Model IC-M504 VHF Radio
  • Icom Ram Mic
  • Icom Model IC-M710 Single Side Band Radio
  • Kenyon Navigator
  • Raymarine Hybrid Touch System GPS Chart Plotter, Radar, Sounder
  • RayMarine 48 Mile Radome Mounted to Mast
  • Raymarine Evolution Series Auto Pilot
  • Raymarine Model HS5 Sea Talk Network
  • Vizio Flat Screen T.V.
  • Pioneer Stereo with Speakers
  • WiFi System with MikroTik Router Board
  • 45 Lb Mantus Anchor
  • 65 Lb CQR Plow Anchor
  • PiSector Alarm System
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  • Almost New Tandem Kayak with Paddles
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Island Packet



Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



12' 7"

Engine Details:

Yanmar 4JHE

Engine 1:

1989 2500.00 HRS 44.00 HP

Engine 2:

1989 2500.00 HRS 44.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

57 GAL

Water Capacity:

187 GAL


Spaciousness is a key word aboard the 38. Headroom tops out at 6 feet 4 inches. Large staterooms are located fore and aft, flanking the saloon. There are two heads, but owners have maximized the space by keeping the forward head and transforming the aft head into a dedicated navigation station instead of a cramped navigation nook.

Bill and Amy Betts of Florida, who spent 12 years circumnavigating aboard their 38, Estrellita, gutted the forward head and turned it into a sail locker, but say the boat has plenty of storage.

"This boat swallows tools and spare parts, along with three months worth of groceries," he said. "We have all kinds of storage, especially behind the settees. We call it our hardware store."

Belowdecks there are oversized hanging lockers, a bureau with chest of drawers, large settees, retractable table and a pull-out double berth. The U-shaped galley has an LPG range with oven, double deep sinks, 14-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer, teak dish rack, cutlery drawers, hot and cold water pressure in the galley and both heads, and lots of natural light via overhead hatches and opening ports. Four dorade vents assist ventilation. The boat can carry 157 gallons of water.

The yacht is equipped with a reliable 44-horsepower, freshwater-cooled Yanmar diesel engine. Access to the engine compartment is excellent, via matching side panels and from behind the companionway ladder. The fuel tank holds 57 gallons and a supplemental, flexible fuel tank can be added.

1989 Island Packet 38 We are very pleased to present this well cared for and totally modernized Island Packet for your consideration. She is extremely roomy both above and blow decks and is a perfect long range cruiser. There is also a very recent survey available for your inspection! Start living your dream now! Escape on "Aspara"!

Sound construction, utilitarian layout and voluminous storage capacity are the prime virtues of the Island Packet 38.  Belowdecks the roominess and overall comforts are likely to catch the eye of liveaboards, couples cruising with guests and sailors planning an extended journey. Teak trim above deck and generous wood panels below add a traditional nautical luster.\

The first 38 was built in 1986, and the 188 were build by 193. Bob Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of Island Packet Yachts designed the 38-footer with a protruding bowsprit that pushed its overall length to nearly 42 feet.

An MIT graduate with a master's degree in naval architecture, Johnson worked in California designing missile systems for McDonnell Douglas and later, using aerospace materials, made surfboards for a company he started under the Hollow Wave brand. As his career progressed, he joined Irwin Yachts as a designer, eventually taking those skills to Endeavor Yachts before striking out to build boats on his own.

The 38, with its distinctive beige hull and deck, boasted 100% hand-laid fiberglass construction. The hull was molded in one piece with strong triaxial glass that was unified with a molded, interior grid structure. The laminated deck was cored with a synthetic material nearly impervious to rot. All deck hardware was through-bolted with aluminum backing plates. The deck was attached to the hull flange with bolts, lock nuts and adhesives. Ballast was integrated into the full Keel.
"This boat isn't a racer, but if you want to go places, it's great," said Florida yacht broker Alan Both. "It's comfortable, and in heavy air it doesn't get knocked around in a following sea like boats with fin keels."

He noted the owners of an upgraded 38 have sailed it without incident along the East Coast, to the Bahamas and on to Central America.

Bill Betts notes that Island Packet yachts often participate in the Newport-to-Bermuda Race and other prestigious offshore competitions.

"We cruised around the world for 12 years and just got back in the fall. We had a 110% genoa and a large drifter. The latter makes all the difference in light air," Betts said, adding the boat is seakindly and has never been swamped by a following sea. "The rear end lifts up for a dry and comfortably ride, not a sloshy one."

Blaine Parks wrote about his family adventures aboard their Island Packet in an online journal.

Built for comfort,  the spacious and stable 38 is an ideal yacht for a family planning to coastal cruise, sail offshore to the Bahamas, hang out indefinitely in the Caribbean, and maybe even go around the world.
This boat is turnkey, including a dingy and a new 2-3 person kayak with paddles and  many extra spare parts, self-inflating life jackets,kitchen equipment and a whole lot more. Just bring your clothes and food, launch, and begin your journey of a lifetime!
Come check her out and plan for your next dream adventure!  You will be glad you did!

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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.

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