The Boat

“Windward” is one of the fleet of Island Packet yachts that seem to have a cult like following amongst cruisers.

Lets start with the basics:

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She is a fibreglass hulled, cutter rigged (two foresails) mono-hull yacht with a full keel. The cutter rig has furling systems on the genoa (front sail) and staysail (inner fore sail), the latter being “self-tending” with a Hoyt boom system (i.e. when you tack, the sail slides across on its own traveller system so you only have to worry about the Genoa).  This means it is an easy set of sails for a short handed crew to manage.

All the lines come back to the cockpit. She is “Dutchman” rigged on the mainsail, which is a system that has vertical lines through cringles in the mainsail so that when you drop or reef the sail, it folds down neatly over the boom. You only need to go forward to tie the mainsail down when taking it down completely.

“Windward” has a full foil keel that provides exceptional stability and safety at sea, protects the rudder and prop and has a very strong hull and keel. The mast is stepped through onto the keel and the ballast is fully encapsulated.

Her vital statistics are:

Overall length: 45 foot 3 inches (14.86m)

Length on the waterline: 37 foot 7 inches (11.48m)

Beam: 13 foot 4 inches (4,27m)

Draft: 4 foot 10 inches (1.47m)

Mast height: 58 foot 10 inches (17.83m)

Fuel capacity: 140 gallons (454 litres)

Water capacity: 240 gallons (908 litres)

Displacement: 28,400 pounds

Ballast: 12,500 pounds

Engine: 62 horse power (2500 hours)

Cabin headroom: 6 foot 5 inches (1.96m)

Now let’s take a pictorial tour.

First, general exterior views:

Next, a stroll around on deck:


Note the pulpit with the railing protection when working on the (two) anchors. Notice also the foot controls for raising and lowering the anchors.

The Hoyt boom system on the staysail – furling and self-tending.

Strong deck and rigging fittings throughout.


Powerful stainless steel standing rigging.

Lots of handholds and safety features – like the granny rails at the mast.

Lots of ventilation with 4 strong hatches, 16 opening ports and 4 dorade vents.

Bow thruster.

Wind generator and 2 X 75 watt solar panels.

7 winches including 2 electric (see grey controls below).

Full instrumentation at helm and a great helmsman’s seat for those with dodgy backs.

Davits for the dingy, side entrance gate and dingy engine hoist.

Scary seeing 19 tons of boat whisked out of and back into the water!


Chain locker for dual anchor system.

Well appointed navigation station with Raymarine kit.

Engine in good nick with easy all round access. Pre-filter and Racor fuel filter.

Roomy wrap around galley with all mod con.

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General accommodations walkthrough.


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Windward going back in the water looking very smart indeed.