ZIMWI was bought by her current owners from Berthon in 2007 and since then she has been added to, improved and made in to a wonderful safe, easy and comfortable blue water passage maker.
Island Packets are known for their strong seakeeping abilities and a high stability factor. Cutter rig setup enables her to be easily sailed over long distances by two. Wonderful layout below decks with two large comfortable cabins.
ZIMWI has safely taken her current owners to many exciting locations and has proven herself a strong, stable and dependable travelling companion that instils confidence.
After crossing the Atlantic in 1996 and two years living aboard our Warrior 35 with 2 young children we knew what we wanted from our dream retirement yacht – stable, kind seagoing qualities, strong, shallow draught, deep safe cockpit, easy to handle, loads of storage, huge tankage, space for family and friends to visit – and not white, to cut down the glare in tropical sun!
ZIMWI has given us it all, and more. We’ve had 13 wonderful seasons cruising the UK, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Norway and the Arctic. Most of our sailing has been short handed; the IP420 was designed for a couple to cruise the world and designer Bob Johnson got it right. We like long days and passage making and that is in part because ZIMWI is comfortable and simple to handle. We rarely have to disturb the person off watch. Numerous times we have watched boats arrive having done the same passage as us with the crew all togged up in their oilies and bemoaning the rough and wet ride, whilst we stayed dry, warm and enjoying the seas.
She’s strong, and she’s surprisingly fast in light winds for a heavy displacement yacht. We achieve 40 to 45 degrees pointing to wind and manoeuvring in tight harbours isn’t a problem. There is a bowthruster but don’t need to use it much. She’s safe to sail too with all furling lines led back to the spacious and well protected cockpit.
We love the self tacking staysail on its unique Hoyt boom. When the wind reaches 25 knots we furl away the genoa, ZIMWI comes upright and continues to go like a train. It’s also great for adding a bit more canvas in lighter airs. A favourite is to goosewing it with the main which helps keep the genoa inflated for fast downwind sailing. The self-tacking is a blessing on a watch system
Below decks ZIMWI is spacious and comfortable. The berths are proper mattresses, there’s over 6’3” (about 2m) of headroom throughout, the galley works well (for little or large people), the showers are great and there is a tremendous amount of storage – for instance when we cruised Norway and Svalbard we had 6 month’s supply of staple foods, booze and copious amounts of warm clothing!
The cockpit enclosure added in 2019 was one of the best things we’ve done. We chose Owen Sails in Scotland because they know about rough weather. There are three entrances and the sides can roll up independently too. It went on in April and didn’t come down until ZIMWI was laid up for winter….fabulous.
We love the boat because of her seaworthiness, quality and comfort. It’s also things like having an encapsulated keel, the way the propeller is protected, and the amazing Rocna 33kg anchor which mean less stress when inshore night sailing and sleeping at anchor. Every year we’ve improved and added to her. We have a reputation with friends and our local yard as a practical couple that takes very good care of our pride and joy.
Finally to answer the question everyone wants to ask; why are we selling and why now after such a brilliant six month cruise to Svalbard last year.
Well, that’s an easy and hard question to answer. It’s partly that we’ve been sailing for over 25 years, we’ve owned two yachts and we’ve logged well over 40,000 miles. We could easily keep ZIMWI but there are so, so many more things that we want to do too. We are both keen rock climbers and want to pursue this around Europe in our newly acquired camper. And there are many other far away places to explore and to be honest we’ve become more “interested in the destination than the means of getting there”. Yes, we’ll carry on sailing with friends and by chartering but if we keep ZIMWI either our other desires will suffer, or ZIMWI will be left alone to age quietly in a marina. So better to sell.
We’d be more than happy to sell ZIMWI to a family member or a good friend – she’s an honest, well appointed boat that everyone who sees her says is in superb condition. She has years and years of life and fun left in her.
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)
0044 (0)1590 679 222
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80
0046 304 694 000