In 1997, with our three children old enough to swim but not yet teenagers, it was time for my wife, Amy, and me to buy the “big boat” to fulfill our dream of sailing around the world. We needed a “bulletproof” boat that was safe, seakindly, able to handle big seas and survive a grounding, and also have great resale value. My research steered me straight to the Island Packet 40. With its Full Foil Keel, which contains 10,000 pounds of internal ballast and protects the rudder and propeller, it fit the bill. Strong stanchions and lifelines, handholds in the right spots on deck and a huge protected bowsprit for anchoring added to the appeal.