After 17 years of living aboard
and sailing around the world we reluctantly feel it might be time to try
Ventana is a 1996 Island Packet
40 currently located in St. Petersburg, FL
If you are planning on cruising around the bay any Island Packet will do, but if you are serious about bluewater cruising then Ventana is the IP 40 you want. Ventana just completed a circumnavigation of the world and is ready to go around again.
The outfitting requirements for serious cruising far from shore and far from West Marine are unique and preparing a boat for these conditions is expensive and time consuming. Why spend your first year of freedom stuck at a dock outfitting your boat? If you dream of bluewater passages to far shores Ventana can take you there safely and comfortably.
Ventana’s gear specific to extended offshore passagemaking includes:
Instrumentation and Navigation
Also ask us about computer software
for worldwide charts, world wide tide tables, weatherfax and email.
Partial list of Spares
* Indicates Ventana's list of optional items that are not included in the asking price. The new value of these items is over $ 15,000 and they can be negotiated at the time of sale depending on the needs of the buyer.
The above list are nearly all additions and modifications not found on a standard Island Packet. Ventana also has the standard Island Packet 40 accoutrements such as 3 burner stove and oven, 7 opening hatches, 13 opening ports, two heads, cedar lined hanging lockers, etc.
We crossed the Atlantic in early 2012 and returned to the US from the Caribbean in June of 2012. Because we trust our lives to her on every passage we have always made her the best she can be- no shortcuts. When things break they are fixed to like new standards so refitting is a constant process and some of the recent improvements include:
Both head pumps were replaced in 2012, the Spectra Watermaker was rebuilt by the factory in 2011. The SGC SSB radio was factory rebuilt in 2010. All the standing rigging was inspected prior to her Atlantic Crossing in December 2011 and the life raft re-certified. The engine oil and filters have been changed every 150 hours. The fuel injectors were inspected in 2011 and two of them replaced. The Xintex propane sniffer was replaced in 2011. A new Autostream feathering prop was installed in 2011.
In December of 2012 Ventana's interior was entirely re-varnished by Island Packet's lead varnisher. Her exterior woodwork was taken to bare wood and refinished, the cushions cleaned and the hull and decks were compounded and polished. The two main hatches were replaced with Lewmar factory seals and new lenses. Engine oil changed and mechanical systems attended to. She is ready to continue her voyaging.
We look forward to finding new owners for Ventana who will care for her and will experience their own adventures and explorations with her.
She is currently located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ideally we would like to find a new owner for Ventana who intends to enjoy blue water sailing as we have. We would be happy to include in the purchase price 2-3 days of sailing with the new owners for familiarization of all systems and to pass on whatever we have learned in our years of cruising.
Ventana means window in Spanish. If you are looking for a window through which to see the world Ventana is ready to fulfill your dreams.
Rob and Dee Dubin
The remainder of this website explains in detail how and why Ventana is outfitted as she is and is full of stories and photos from our 17 year circumnavigation. There are also lists of the factory specifications that are all universal for all Island Packet 40's.
One caveat- the other pages of this website about outfitting were mostly written in 2001. In some instances equipment on board will have changed or been upgraded. The list on this page is most current.
To see much more detail on specifications and outfitting decisions along with photos of Ventana click on any of the links below.
To see photos and read about Ventana's Systems click these links
To see photos and read about other modifications click these links
Deck Gear Cockpit Interior Navigation Station
Safety Gear Spares Carried Stowage
Ventana was built in 1995 by Island Packet and was given special care in
The video also promoted what were then the best products on the market
This hour long program is available for download and normally sells for $19.99 but those interested in purchasing Ventana can contact us for a coupon for a free download. For information contact email@example.com
Prior to purchasing Ventana we spent 6 years producing two TV series on sailing as well as over 25 video tape programs for Sailing Quarterly Video Magazine. When we purchased our Island Packet the company was pleased that we had selected their boat from the hundreds of boats we had sailed on and tested professionally. They ran this ad for several months in all the sailing publications.
Length Over All 41'6" (12.7 m)
Total Sail Area 1,039.6 sq. ft
We realize boat buyers want to see detailed and current close up photos of Ventana's interior and exterior and we plan to have more photos here by Christmas. In the meantime our travel photos will give you a look at Ventana during her circumnavigation.
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