The Blue Jacket 40 is the first in a series from Island Packet Yachts and is designed by Tim Jackett (ex-president and chief designer at Tartan and C&C) in collaboration with Bob Johnson.
The large sailplan is a further refinement of the Solent style rig featuring standard double head sails with a working jib and a lightweight 150% reacher that mounts on the integral bow prod, both furled with Harken® systems. The working jib is fitted with a carbon fiber Hoyt Boom® that is self-tending and improves performance with its close sheeting and self-vanging feature while the large reacher boosts performance in light air or when off the wind. The fully battened mainsail is equipped with a standard electric halyard winch and a low friction Battcar system and drops easily into a carbon fiber pocket boom with an integral cover and lazy jack system. This easily managed rig has ample horsepower and versatility for optimizing performance in a wide range of conditions. All sheets lead to the cockpit near the helm and primary winches for short-handed convenience.
HULL & DECK
The Blue Jacket’s hull and deck are made with a state-of-the-art vacuum infusion process utilizing 100% vinylester resin, quadraxial knitted E-glass reinforcements and a structural foam core. The end result is superior strength and stiffness with significantly reduced weight
compared to conventional laminates. The use of premium structural foam coring process produces better interlaminar bond properties with freedom from potential core deterioration compared to other choices and allows for an industry-best extended hull and deck warranty.
Entering the interior one is welcomed by an open and bright central area that includes the saloon, nav station and galley. The spacious saloon features faceted settees that create an inviting social setting for relaxation, after-sail beverages or the sharing of meals served on the large table that retracts against a bulkhead bottle rack. The nav/office area has a full size table with tray storage under a hinged lid and a large panel array outboard holds master electrical controls with room for owner-added equipment.
The standard interior plan has three cabins. The forward cabin features storage in twin bureaus port and starboard, a large hanging locker, two deep drawers under the berth and full length shelves outboard. The large double berth with an upholstered dual-density memory foam mattress gives exceptional sleeping comfort. The two aft cabins each have wide upholstered berths with dual-density memory foam mattresses and full length shelves outboard. An optional interior plan may be selected with two cabins in lieu of the standard plan’s three. This arrangement deletes the enclosed starboard aft cabin, extends the galley counter, cabinetry and slip resistant sole and creates a large cockpit locker that’s accessible from either the interior or deck.
The galley will please the most enthusiastic chef with its ample working room, counter space, storage areas and conveniences such as a hidden rubbish bin. A stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with deep pullout drawers gives home-like convenience. Deluxe, solid surface counters with integral fiddles make this galley area as attractive as it is functional.