Island Packet Estero: A Mini Review

Carol Vernon reviews this capable 36-ft cruiser for the CW 2010 Sailboat Show

IP Estero mini 368

Island Packet's new Estero is the best part of a 45 footer in just 36 feet. Large private aft cabin, guest cabin, full galley, head with separate shower stall, nav table, hanging locker, and salon with drop leaf table. Forward cabin? Doesn't have one, and many people don't really need one. The settee provides two single bunks, or can be converted into one huge or two double berths. A great layout for a world cruising couple or a larger group coastal cruising. With roller furling on both main and self tacking jib, she should be easy to sail. Being an Island Packet, she has a full keel and is built for the toughest conditions.