Charity | Island Packet 31' 1986

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Yacht Name: Charity
Builder: Island Packet
Model: 31 Centerboard
Year: 1986
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Designer: Bob Johnson
Hull Material: Fiberglass

CHARITY is one of the few IP 31’s built with the desirable centerboard option enabling her to gunkhole into shallow anchorages yet maintain her stiff sailing qualities offshore.

The Island Packet 31 is unquestionably one of the largest 31-footers you’ll find. With a beamy 11’ 6” hull, she carries a much larger interior volume than any comparable boat.  Creature comfort and sailing is pleasurable with this pocket cruiser.  With the versatile centerboard option with a mere 3’ draft, CHARITY can gunkhole into anchorages unreachable by most yet maintain her stiff performance and exceptional abilities offshore with the board down and drawing 7'.  With 262 hulls built, the IP31 remains one of Bob Johnson's most popular designs, and for good reason. She derives her styling from her catboat heritage and traditional lines. With her short overhangs, the bow is almost plumb, and the stern is vertical making every inch of her waterline count.

CHARITY has been lovingly maintained since new and is in far superior condition compared to most. Her attentive owner has made numerous improvements over the years to include:

  • New reverse cycle A/C unit installed in 2015
  • New hull, deck, and non-skid paint in 2016
  • New diesel fuel tank
  • Updated Raymarine and Garmin electronics
  • New AGM-200 sealed maintenance free batteries (3) installed in June 2016
  • New ProMariner 30 amp battery charger installed in 2016
  • New Lewmar deck hatches installed in 2017
  • Updated plumbing, holding tank, and Raritan head installed in 2009

And much more!

If you’re looking for a quality built, lovingly maintained pocket cruiser, she MUST be on your short list!

CHARITY offers more interior volume and comfortable living space than any other 31-footer.

Forward, is a sizeable v-berth with sleeping accommodations for two, outboard shelving and a tall hanging locker to port. The head is forward to starboard and is accessible both from the forward cabin and main salon. The main salon has a long 6’ 4” settee to port and L-shaped seating area to starboard which can convert to a double berth. A notable feature is the stowable dinette table which can be tucked up and out of the way against the main bulkhead, adding a welcomed amount of space when not in use. Cabinetry and shelving are abundant with added storage under and behind the settees. To port of the companionway, the U-shaped galley is surprisingly large. To starboard is the nav desk which also doubles as a divider for the double quarter berth.

Interior Styling & Additional Features:

  • Exceptionally clean and in very good condition!
  • Solid teak & holly main salon and forward cabin sole in good condition
  • Non-skid molded sole in head and galley
  • Teak bulkheads and interior trim
  • Spacious forward cabin and comfortable double quarter berth with segmented divider and privacy curtain
  • Forward head with a Raritan manual toilet and new plumbing and tank installed in 2009
  • Well equipped galley with more than ample storage space, refrigeration, and dry good locker
  • (9) Opening portlights
  • (4) Opening deck hatches – 3 Lewmar hatches installed in 2017


  • L-Shaped settee to starboard has a pull-out extension which converts to a very comfortable double berth. The extension slides neatly under the settee when not in use and the backrest cushions provide the inserts – thoughtful and efficient – nothing additional to stow when not in use!
  • Settee to port is nearly 6’ 4” in length with tall backrests and lots of storage both behind and below the cushions.
  • Folding dinette table can be quickly lifted out of the way when not in use and secured to the main bulkhead – a very clever feature!
  • Springfield thermometer, barometer, and hygrometer mounted to forward bulkhead
  • Outboard shelving to port and starboard with teak slat inserts keeps everything in place while underway. A small bookshelf with cabinet is in the center of each shelf.
  • Tall hanging locker to port with pocket storage compartment above
  • (2) Overhead teak grab rails
  • (2) Fishing rod holders mounted on the ceiling
  • Salon stereo speakers
  • Beautiful brass hanging lantern
  • (6) Opening portlights & (2) opening deck hatches
  • Ships bell
  • Washboard storage
  • 110VAC & 12VDC USB outlets
  • (2) 12VDC Hella Turbo fans
  • (7) Cabin lights
  • Soft goods and upholstery in very good condition


  • Double v-berth with split mattresses for lee cloth
  • Exceptional amount of storage under the forward berth with three separate compartments under the split mattress
  • Access to chain locker through forward bulkhead via louvered access locker
  • Cabin reading light
  • Butterfly door to segment off the forward cabin offers privacy while making maximum use of space
  • Tall hanging locker to port with shelving on top
  • Ensuite access to forward head
  • (2) 12VDC Hella Fan
  • 110VAC outlet


  • Raritan manual head plumbed and installed in 2009 with all new sanitation hoses
  • Opening portlight & Lewmar overhead hatch new in 2017
  • Mirror mounted to the main bulkhead
  • Single basin stainless steel sink with vanity and pullout shower head/faucet
  • (2) Storage cabinets outboard above the sink
  • Louvered toiletry cabinet with fiddled shelving located above the head
  • Teak folding shower seat
  • Teak towel rack
  • Molded non-skid with shower sump
  • 110VAC outlet
  • Cabin light


  • Double berth nearly 6’ 6” in length
  • Stowable divider wall and privacy curtain – versatile and functional, this not only adds the ability to segment off the quarter berth for comfort and privacy of your guests, but the divider can also be configured into a chart table!
  • Outboard shelving for personal items
  • Opening portlight inboard to the cockpit
  • Overhead deck hatch offers great ventilation
  • 12VDC Hella Fan
  • Inspection port added for extra access to the machinery


  • Double basin stainless steel sink with updated faucet and pullout sprayer
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Large dry good locker outboard of sink
  • Louvered cabinet located under the sink is sizeable enough for cookery items
  • Seagull water filtration with dedicated drinking water faucet
  • Gimbaled two-burner propane stove with oven and cutting board insert
  • Top loading refrigerator
  • Pullout rubbish bin located inboard and under the galley sink
  • Roller style storage compartments outboard with fiddled shelving on top
  • Segmented flatware and plate storage compartments with additional shelving
  • Molded non-skid floor for easy cleanup
  • GE Microwave with dedicated shelf and integrated spice rack above the sink
  • Paper towel holder
  • 110VAC GFI outlet

  • Uniden UM380 VHF marine radio
  • Raymarine E120 autopilot control
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • Garmin GPSmap 5415 chartplotter
  • Dual MXCP43 marine stereo
  • Salon and cockpit speakers




The Island Packet 31 is constructed of solid fiberglass with triaxial cloth and polyester resins. The deck is a fiberglass sandwich construction with polyester resin and PolyCore. Utilizing PolyCore as opposed to the more traditional end grain balsa construction was an innovative approach used to mitigate the potential for delamination.  The semi-balanced rudder has a high-density foam core laminated with fiberglass. The hull and deck are sound and she’s bone dry inside.


  • Fresh hull, deck, and textured non-skid paint in 2017
  • Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit with stern boarding ladder
  • Kato Marine dinghy davits with a horizontal stabilizer
  • Outboard engine mounting bracket
  • Stainless steel deck cleats (2 bow with fairleads, 2 mid-ship, 2 stern with fairleads) with backing plates
  • Magma BBQ grill mounted to pushpit
  • Teak grab rails on coach roof
  • Molded bulwark with varnished teak caprail
  • (4) Deck hatches – (3) Lewmar hatches installed in 2017, (1) Bomar in the cockpit
  • Coated lifelines with side boarding gates port and starboard
  • Fishing rod holder


  • Plow anchor with chain and rode (Primary)
  • Double bow roller
  • Fortress anchor with chain and rode (Secondary)
  • Dedicated stern chain locker
  • Manual windlass


  • Sails by Super Sail Makers in good condition
  • Stack Pack mainsail with lazy jacks
  • Furling genoa
  • Keel stepped aluminum mast with single spreader and aluminum boom by Isomat
  • Ronstan blocks
  • Running rigging in good condition
  •  (2) Lewmar 40 self-tailing primary winches
  • Lewmar 7 single speed self-tailing mainsheet winch
  • Lewmar halyard winch and clutches mounted on the mast
  • 4:1 Traveler located forward of the cockpit
  • Outboard genoa track
  • Boom vang


  • Beautifully varnished companionway, teak cleats, and coaming was redone in Oct 2018
  • Two sets of washboards – smoked Lexan and louvered teak
  • Cockpit cushions with grey Sunbrella fabric
  • Maroon colored Sunbrella dodger and bimini with a connector in good condition with eisenglass windows
  • Matching helm cover
  • Manual bilge
  • Cockpit shower
  • Cockpit speakers
  • (4) Drink holders
  • Pocket compartments for winch handles
  • Edson steering pedestal
  • Folding teak cockpit table
  • Yanmar engine panel with audible and visual alarms, tachometer, and fuel gauge
  • (2) Mesh line bags
  • Ritche compass



  • Yanmar 3GM30F 27 hp diesel engine
  • Websato Marine Air conditioning (16K BTU) with Groco sea strainer and digital control installed in 2015
  • Dickerson diesel heater (requires servicing)
  • Rack and pinion steering quadrant – no cables and pulleys, as simple and uncomplicated as it gets!
  • Racor fuel filter



  • New 25 Gallon fuel tank
  • 70 Gallon water tank
  • New 14 Gallon Polypropylene holding tank recently replaced and updated with new sanitation hoses and fittings installed in 2009
  • 6 Gallon electric and engine driven water heater
  • Hot and cold pressurized water
  • Cockpit shower
  • Anchor washdown
  • Electric and manual bilge pump


  • 110VAC & 12VDC electrical
  • Pronautic 12-30P ProMariner 30 amp battery charger installed in 2016
  • Island Packet 110VAC/12VDC panel
  • Perko battery selector switch
  • Rule bilge pump panel
  • (3) AGM-200 sealed maintenance free batteries (2 house, 1 starting) installed in June 2016
  • Balmar 75-amp alternator
  • 30Amp shore power inlet with cord


  • Lifesling
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lines & fenders
  • Life vests
  • Mandatory USCG equipment


Length: 31'
Beam: 11' 6
Draft: 3'
Power: 27 HP