Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
ocean | 61 If you were ever going to be a castaway, this is one island from which you'd want no rescue. You could relax knowing that this isle of comfort could take you anywhere in the world. This example Artemis is the first Island Packet 485 to be imported new into Australia. She is the result of a world wide search by her owner for the perfect cruising yacht; an owner who considered many European brands in particular, his choice being made after visiting the Island Packet yard in Florida in the US. Mark Dent, who also represents J Boats in Australia from his Sydney base, is handling Australian marketing and importation of the Island Packet Yachts line, which also includes 445, 440 and 370 models. Designed by American naval architect Bob Johnson, the 485 combines ease of use, seakeeping and superior comfort, in one handsomely proportioned packet. And without pushing the cliché too far, there is real value in this yacht; you get a packet without it costing you one. There are another couple of Island Packets cruising Australian waters, one of which even made her maiden voyage from the US to our shores on her own keel, which speaks volumes of this American design's renowned seakeeping abilities and sherman tank - like construction. But Artemis is the first of the flagship 485 model and she is indeed a showcase of what makes a world class sailing yacht. The 485 has classic cruising yacht lines and a substantial beam of 4.7m (15'4") running almost all the way aft. This creates great volume in the cabin and spacious decks. The centre cockpit sits high and provides tremendous views fore and aft as well as protection from the weather with a high wrap around windshield.
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