Island Packet Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

January 2009, Largo, FL: Since their founding in 1979, Island Packet Yachts has become recognized as a world leader in cruising boat design and manufacturing. Reflecting on their 30 year history, company founder and naval architect Bob Johnson says, “We are very fortunate to have grown and prospered over the last three decades and have a lot of folks to thank, especially our talented craftspeople and staff, our worldwide network of dealers and our enthusiastic family of owners.•bCrLf

Recognized with numerous awards for their boats, including an overall Boat of the Year Award from Cruising World for the 460, and for exceptional customer satisfaction, the company also publishes a quarterly owner’s magazine and sponsors a dozen major owner rendezvous’ annually. Bob adds, “Staying in contact with our owners has also been a key to our success, both in receiving valuable feedback and in keeping up with trends. We’re seeing some sailor’s priorities evolve and by introducing new technology like electric sheeting with remote helm controls, we’re making sailing easier than ever. We look forward to continuing the innovation that will attract more people to this great activity.•bCrLf

Founded by Bob Johnson, N.A. in 1979, Island Packet Yachts is the builder of cruising yachts from the mid-30’s to over 50 feet, sold through a network of dealers in the US, Europe and Australia. With a 125,000 square foot (12,500 sq. meters) production facility, Island Packet has created nearly 2,300 cruising yachts in its 30 years. Well known as America’s Cruising Yacht Leaderâ„¢, the company has won numerous awards and become renowned worldwide for their yacht’s exceptional level of quality, safety, comfort, offshore race-winning performance and long term value.

By Ocean Navigator