Two Loose | Island Packet 45' 1998

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Two Loose
Builder: Island Packet
Model: IP 45
Year: 1998
Location: Falmouth Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Any Sailor will find an Island Packet almost anywhere that has water. There is an extremely loyal following, because of several reasons. They are definitely 10 pounds of apples in a 15 pound bag, meaning if you want room, you'll find it in an Island Packet. Under sail, they are stiff and comfortable. While under power, it rivals a powerboat. Interior wise, Its big compared to other vessels of similar size. Plus they are built to last.

Our Offering is a 1998 Island Packet IP45, she is truly a proven offshore veteran named “Two Loose”. She was purchased by the Sellers in 2008, a very experienced sailing couple with several boats under their belt. One being a BCC28 and the other a Hans Christian 38. The Couple were top level Navy Retirees.

They prepared Two Loose for their dream Trans-Atlantic voyage with plans of spending time in the Med, which they did do. After several years cruising the Med, they sailed Two Loose back across the Atlantic to the Carribbean, and life then threw them a curve ball.

Two Loose currently is on the hard in Antigua. Arrangements are in place for her shipment on Dockwise to Newport, Rhode Island in the early Spring.

Two Loose has been carefully and properly maintained regardless of cost. She is currently under watchful eyes being maintained by the Boatyard regularly. She has everything one that would ever need to do this voyage again and again.

Part of the Owners adventures;

Up and down southeast US coast (offshore and ICW)

To, from and within the Bahamas (from Bimini to Exumas)

Crossed the Atlantic, from Norfolk to Gibraltar with short stop in Azores

Sailed Gibraltar to Turkey and back, visiting many points in between [Marmaris, Finike, Peloponnese, numerous Greek islands (including Santorini and Corfu), Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Slovenia, Venice, Sicily, Balearic Islands, Valencia, Almerimar, Rota, Gibraltar]

Crossed Atlantic again from Gibraltar to Antigua, Caribbean with stop in Gran Canary

Short transits from Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua to surrounding Caribbean islands

Two Loose is fully equipped with newer electronics, sails, genset, batteries, water maker, proper ground tackle, PLUS LOW engine hours. Many items are 4 years and newer.

Recent Upgrades Are:

  • Full Generator Maintenance 2019
  • Full Engine Maintenance 2019
  • New Batteries 2019
  • New Raymarine EV400 Autopilot ( redundant B&G Autopilot)
  • New AIS Verpermarine 
  • New Propane Stove & Oven
  • New Head Hoses


Length: 45'
Beam: 13' 4
Draft: 4' 10
Water Tank Capacity: 240 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 140 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 45 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH2TE
Power: 62 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2438 Hours


Three cabin, two full bath with two showers. Two Loose is an exceptionally clean and well maintained yacht. From the custom teak companionway doors to the Glebe Creek overhead screens.

The 45's elegant but practical interior achieves a great balance between the desire for all the comforts of home ashore and the necessities of life at sea. With enclosed staterooms, it offers three completely separated areas for privacy. It is ventilated by 16 stainless opening ports with screens, seven deck hatches and four Dorade-type deck ventilators with screens. Sensibly, the cabin sole at the base or the companionway is made of non-skid fiberglass that extends into the galley immediately to starboard, into the aft head and throughout the oft-visited nav station. Over this deck you can shed salt water and grime to be swept into a grated dustpan, then enter the aft stateroom or forward living areas with their teak and holly soles, cedar-lined lockers and satin-varnished woodwork.

Whether sailing or motoring TwoLoose offers a smooth ride.  She made the owners feel safe; on the few occasions when we were caught out by the weather, she got us to port safely despite high winds on stormy waters.

Very comfortable ride at anchor, almost soothing for great sleeping.

We really wanted for nothing while living aboard for about ten years.

At the bow, there is a full-sized head with easy access to the chain locker. It has two ports and a hatch for excellent ventilation.

Aft of that head is the Captain’s cabin.  Even though we have a/c, we added two fans (1 for each of us!) on the bulkhead at the foot of the queen bunk facing our heads for a more natural sleep environment.  These were in addition to the original one – very comfy.  We had a full cedar-lined closet for hanging items and three generous sized lockers (in lieu of pull out drawers) for folded clothes.  Additionally, there were two pull out drawers under the bunk.  Finally, accessed under the very comfy folding foam mattress (new 2015, slept on only three years) are three storage lockers.

The saloon is midships. This is the heart of the boat as it contains our relaxation area as well as the dedicated NAVSTA.  At anchor and in port we eat on the fold down table, read our Kindles, listen to music, watch DVDs as well as plan out the next leg of our adventure.  Underway, we check navigation instruments, download weather reports and monitor radio transmissions.

Going aft of the saloon port side is a second full sized head.  It has a separate door to be used by visiting guests sleeping in the quarterberth – giving them an en suite suite!

Continuing aft from the head is the quarterberth which features one of several engine access points, the closet contains the 6-person liferaft, and the second queen berth.  The third crew member for both of our Atlantic crossings lived aboard in the quarterberth for a month each time.  He found the bunk comfortable and well ventilated with three ports, a hatch and a dedicated fan.  Additionally, there are four very generous storage lockers under the mattress.

Aft of the NAVSTA on the starboard side, is the galley featuring a Force 10 stove (new 2011), microwave oven and another access point to the engine.  The DC refrigeration unit includes a good-sized freezer capable of freezing more than just your two trays of ice cubes!

The cockpit finishes off the length of boat.  It easily seats six and maybe eight depending on how friendly your mates are!  Under the seats are several lockers of differing sizes.  The largest on the starboard side is the location of the generator and the transformer.  The later was used continuously without fail during the five years of cruising the Med.  In the cockpit centeris the helm which comes alive when underway.  It holds the Furuno chart plotter/GPS and Vesper marine transceiver AIS.  Additionally it holds the tried and true B&G sailing instruments.

  • warm and comforting, open and airy, handholds to get one safely from bow to cockpit
  • all interior lighting has been converted to LED
  • key reason for our choice of IP-45 over other IP models; dedicated station for navigation, comms and weather analysis.  Other IPs of similar length have a nav station almost as an afterthought.
  • 16 ports; 7 deck hatches

The galley, immediately to starboard at the base of the companionway, serves both the cockpit and the saloon and is within easy walking and talking distance of both. Opening portholes and an opening hatch overhead provide excellent ventilation for cooking in the tropics. Galley counters wrap securely to offer support when heeling. A double sink, trash bin, 13-cubic-foot top-loading lighted icebox with lift and shelves, teak dish racks and cutlery drawers, three-burner LPG stove (covered when not in use) and oven with stainless guard and harness hooks, plus huge amounts of practical space and storage, all make this galley work efficiently and comfortably.

The saloon is luxurious, with plush seats, a large fold-down dinette that, when raised on its hinges, covers a bulkhead-mounted bottle rack and shelving, fine teak cabinetry, bookshelves, good overhead handrails, and ventilation from two deck vents, several opening ports and an opening hatch. The forward stateroom has a large double berth, a cedar-lined hanging locker with shelves, plenty of storage drawers and a teak bureau. A private head resides forward, with ample storage for bathroom gear and enough· practical room to use it; notably, counters wrapping the toilet make sitting upon the head in a pounding seaway downright relaxing. The aft stateroom is not quite as large as the foreward cabin, but it still has cedar-lined hanging lockers, a bureau, a dressing seat, shelves, drawers and a large, easily accessed double berth. Ventilation is by way of three opening ports and an overhead hatch. You can enter the after head from the public area or privately from this stateroom. Both the forward and the after heads include curtain enclosures for showering

  • Full Air conditioning systems (2 Units) Lunaire 7,000BTU each, reverse ac/heat
  • Peek-A-Boo coverings on ALL ports



  • Flat screen TV plus DVD, Stereo
  • Navigation & Communications Systems:
  • Dedicated table/seat with excellent view of radio and navigation equipment
  • Chart storage: chart drawer is below starboard saloon settee
  • Furuno1824C
  • Furuno1720 @ helm; 1920C@ NAVSTA
  • AIS Vesper XB-9000 Integrated with Radar/Plotter or VHF Radio: Integrated with Radar/Plotter
  • VHF ICOM-504A
  • Full B&G Wind/Depth/Speed with Repeaters
  • 5" Ritchie Compass at Helm
  • Pactor Modem
  • Icom IC-802 SSB
  • ACR 406 MHz



Engine Room location & access centerline under cockpit; access via quarterberth & 2 doors in galley (one from the galley, one under the ladder)

  • Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
  • Engine Model  4JH2TE
  • Horsepower 62hp 
  • Engine Year 1998
  • Engine Hours as of haulout in Mar 2019 - 2437.5 hrs
  • PSS Dripless Packless Seal
  • Three blade bronze 10 RH12
  • Whitlock rack & pinion steering
  • Two Kyocera 130 watt (model KC 130TM) on SS Stern Arch
  • Isolation Transformer
  • Xantrex Link 20 Battery Monitor
  • LED Running Lights
  • Cockpit Shower
  • Deck Washdown
  • Dual 30 amp 120 v service
  • Battery Charger Victron Centaur 1250, 50 amp 3 stage charger
  • Fisher Panda 5kw genset
  • All thru-hulls serviced in 2019
  • Bow thruster


Sails & Rigging

  • Cutter rig
  • Keel steeped
  • ICW 58'10"
  • Double Spreader
  • SS wire with swaged SS  ALL replaced 2015
  • Downwind pole forward of mast
  • Reefing and raising main from under dodger cockpit
  • Sails are serviced, stowed and always properly maintained. Not original.
  • Four self-tailing sheet winches on the cockpit combings; three winches in the cockpit, on the coach top under the dodger  – the one for mainsail is electric (new 2018) and hardly used. Storage bins, narrow & deep in the cockpit combings
  • One electric winch Lewmar #44 under dodger for raising main sail and reefing main
  • Roller furling headsail and staysail, Harken Furlers
  • New lifelines 2015
  • ALL exterior canvas repacked in 2015
  • New screens thru-out vessel
  • Spray curtains
  • Full sun awning


Ground Tackle

  • Chain locker forward of the forward head, divided into two separate sections, 1 side for Rocna 25 & approx. 270’ of 3/8” chain; 1 side for Bruce 30Kg.& approx.150’ of 3/8” chain shackled to 100’ of ¾ “ three strand nylon
  • Lighthouse 1510 Windlass
  • Rocna 25 & approx. 270’ of 3/8” chain stored in the chain locker
  • Bruce 30Kg.& approx.150’ of 3/8” chain shackled to 100’ of ¾ “ three strand nylon stored in the chain locker



  • Caribe 9’
  • Winslow 6 man, purchased 2010
  • Ditch bag
  • Lifesling
  • Passerelle
  • Many many spares