Rula Bula | Island Packet 48' 2003

Miami, FL

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Yacht Name: Rula Bula
Builder: Island Packet
Model: 485
Year: 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Designer: Bob Johnson
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This Island Packet is simply beautiful!

Many experienced cruisers consider this model to be the finest, most accommodating long-distance cruiser ever built.

A very strongly built one piece hull with an integral modified full keel supports a well thought out comfortable vessel for long distance cruising and passage making.  

Rula Bula may be the cleanest Island Packet 485 on the market today. This vessel has been extremely well cared for all of her life. This is evident in her condition and extensive upgrades. 

The Island Packet was specifically designed for live aboard cruising. The hull is one piece with an integral modified full keel. There are few boats that are as comfortable underway or track as well on long passages as the Island Packet 485. The solid hull, blue water design and large sail plan, coupled with an expansive interior arrangement are ideal for passage making. Rula Bula may be the cleanest Island Packet 485 on the market today. Rula Bula’s owner has lavished care on her. This is evident in her condition and extensive upgrades. Her house systems are complete with everything that a cruising couple could desire. People that are truly interested in comfortable, well kept and equipped vessels owe themselves a trip to this Island Packet. Rula Bula is currently in Miami and available for easy viewing.

Note: the manufacture is still making the 485 but now calls this same model a 525 due to it's LOA of 52'.


Length: 48'
Beam: 15' 4
Draft: 5' 3
Water Tank Capacity: 300 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 300 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 60 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-HTE
Power: 100 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel

Major Custom Items Unique to Rula Bula

  • An extensive state of the art lightning suppression system was installed through out the vessel including at water line lightning dispersing node and below water grounding plates port side.
  • Watermaker – FCI Aquamiser. 500 gallons per day
  • Custom dinghy/antenna arch. This very strong arch was designed and built using the industry’s very highest quality materials, welding and polishing standards
  • 8 KW MasPower generator
  • Wind generator Air Breeze 160 watts
  • Provisions for solar panels with wiring and 400 watt controller installed
  • Custom aluminum storage cages to maximize usage of the very large aft storage cabin
  • Sails – Woven Hydra Net this sailcloth is simply stronger over the extended life of the sail than any woven polyester. Resulting in many more years of reliable performance
  • Numerous interior teak wood work additions to make life aboard more practical


Upgrades & Maintenance


  • New Vacuflush generator assembly for forward and aft head.
  • New Python Drive CV Joints replaced.
  • Charleston City Boat Works, Charleston City Marina, SC
  • Life Raft inspection and certification to expire 5/2018
  • Bow Thruster lower gear unit replaced upgrade to new sealed unit.
  • Main Engine raw water descale.
  • New Heart tank monitor system for all tanks.
  • New 50 Amp. shore power cable 50 feet.
  • New holding tank pump. Upgrade to a Sea Land Dometic T-12 discharge bellows pump.
  • Rigging inspection, all found in good order. Replaced Windex wind indicator.
  • Inspected on Nov. 2016 by Chuck Pointdexter, Sound Rigging Service Inc. Essex Connecticut.


  • Propeller, Shaft, Cutlas Bearing, Running Gear, Python Drive System, PSS dripless shaft seal.  All of the above removed inspected serviced and replaced or restored to new condition.
  • Service performed by High Seas Yacht Service at Lauderdale Marine Center, Ft. Lauderdale
  • New LED navigation bow light Lopolight Bi-color. New stern nav. light Aqua Signal. New lens and gasket for Tri-color mast top light
  • Major upgrade replacement of all Raymarine electronic navigation equipment
  • Rigging Survey Nov., 2016, all in good order


  • In mast furling lower bearings removed and re-engineered
  • Both dinghy and Yamaha outboard engine complete service and repaired. $2,881.00
  • Lifeline Inflatable Services Inc. Miami
  • New 66 Lbs. Spade Anchor model S140


  • Bottom Paint 4/2018 Seahawk Cukote anti-fouling, Prop Speed, AC seacock replace.
  • Bow thruster removed serviced and installed.


  • Lewmar Ocean Series deck hatch lids all 6 replaced.
  • New house battery bank - 6 - AGM LifeLines 100 Amp Hrs. each. Never discharged more that 40%
  • New Water maker membranes.
  • New ERIRB Ocean Signal Class 2, 10 year battery life.
  • New Speed Transducer, for boat speed instrument.
  • Navionics chart card USA & Canada 2019
  • Genoa and Staysail Sunbrella sun covers.
  • All halyard exit plates replaced with stainless steel.
  • Diesel tank chemically cleaned.
  • New fuel pump for priming and polishing.
  • New StrataGlass windows replaced in dodger.
  • New mast top VHF antenna cable installed, used low loss Times Microwave LMR 400.
  • Shakespeare masthead VHF antenna installed.
  • New AC 16,000 BTU Domestic Turbo unit.
  • New canvas cover to protect the new Strataglass windows


  • Main engine salt water cooling system flushed and new thermostat.
  • New Bottom paint: Sea Hawk CUKOTE self-polishing ablative finish. 4/26/2020, two heavy coats and Bio slime additive.
  • New Battery Monitor: LinkLite Zantrex


Interior Accommodations

Adjacent to the companionway, the nav station includes a high-backed swivel armchair, inlaid table with storage tray, cabinetry space sufficient to mount a wide variety of equipment and the master electrical panels for ship-board AC and DC equipment. There’s also a hanging locker suitable for wet gear within reach.

This layout is so impressive that SAIL Magazine’s Best Boats once made this comment:

“Any offshore navigator would love to call this nerve center home. This is the best equipped nav station we saw this year.”

In the main salon the starboard settee converts to a double berth when fully extended and both settees double as comfortable sea berths. A large table stows against the forward bulkhead and deploys to create a spacious dining area. CE Category A – ocean rated safety windows provide a panoramic view, and overhead lights and numerous reading lamps with individual dimmers are found throughout.

The gourmet galley is equipped with digitally-controlled refrigerator and freezer compartments and double-gasketed drop-front lids on gas support struts for easy access. Either compartment may be used for refrigerated or frozen storage at the setting of the controls. There’s also a pull-out refrigerator drawer for quick access to popular beverages and food.

Aft is the grand owner’s stateroom with an offset double island berth. Hanging storage with extra height is provided in the outboard hanging locker. Access to the aft lazarette storage area is also made available through the aft bulkhead.

Forward is a guest stateroom and head with a double island berth. All staterooms include numerous opening ports and large overhead hatches, providing plenty of light and ventilation. Both berths are surrounded by an array of cabinets, lockers, drawers and shelves, including hinged lids that lift to reveal blanket trays.

The third cabin is across from the forward head and is perfect for a multitude of uses. One can choose over/under style berths as a sleeping area or an L-shaped counter/desk with built-in cabinets underneath for an office, laundry or workshop. An optional filler piece is also available to make a double berth with this latter configuration.

Both luxurious heads feature vanities with solid acrylic countertops, separate shower stalls with seats, folding acrylic doors and standard VacuFlush heads.


Main Salon

  • Raised salon and seven large windows (all allow easy panoramic visibility)
  • Headroom in salon is about 75”-76"
  • Full-length settees to port and starboard
  • Thick cushions, covered in UltraLeather
  • Starboard settee collapsed is 78" x 26"
  • Port settee collapsed is 78" x 26"
  • Storage behind and under the settees
  • Starboard settee converts to double berth.
  • Port settee converts to large single birth.
  • (2) Removable custom teak tables
  • Many overhead plus reading lights
  • (2) Large overhead opening hatches
  • OceanAir combo screens and shades
  • Peekaboo blinds on all ports
  • Vertical and overhead handrails
  • Beautiful teak and oak cabin sole
  • Protective, removable carpeting



  • Walk through, starboard side galley
  • Starboard and center-island counters
  • Pass through to the navigation area
  • Headroom in galley is about 75”-76"
  • Solid acrylic counter tops/rails
  • Well lighted and well ventilated
  • Peekaboo blinds on all ports
  • Many overhead plus reading lights
  • S/S guard/safety rail with pad eyes
  • Many cabinets, shelves, drawers
  • Double deep stainless sinks
  • High rise, swiveling faucet
  • Seagull medical grade galley fresh water filter
  • Force 10, LPG, 3-burner stove/oven
  • Frigoboat freezer, (keel cooled)(or can be used as a refrigerator)
  • Frigoboat refrigerator (keel cooled)(or can be set and used as a freezer)
  • Origo S/S 120 vac microwave oven
  • Frigoboat drink drawer cooler (below)
  • S120 vac 2-slice toaster
  • Protective, removable carpeting


Starboard Office or Guest Cabin

  • Convertible: work desk or berth
  • (2) Large storage cabinets and a seat
  • Headroom in office/cabin is about 75”-76"
  • Guest berth cushion is 76" X 44"
  • Overhead opening hatch with shade
  • Peekaboo blinds on all ports
  • Many overhead plus reading lights
  • Protective, removable carpeting


Master Cabin Features & Dimensions

  • Many overhead plus reading lights
  • Large overhead opening hatch
  • Headroom in master is about 75”-76"
  • Master berth mattress is 79" X 56"
  • OceanAir combo screens and shades
  • Peekaboo blinds on all the ports
  • Beautiful teak & oak cabin sole
  • (2) Sets protective, removable carpeting


Master Head

  • Head and shower are separate
  • Clear, dual-hinged shower door
  • VacuFlush head with tank monitor
  • 40 gal. water supply for heads
  • Vanity, sink, storage, mirror
  • Comfortable, secure teak seat
  • Two port lights
  • Peekaboo blinds


Forward Guest Cabin Features & Dimensions

  • Many overhead plus reading lights
  • Large overhead opening hatch
  • Headroom in cabin is about 75”-76"
  • Guest berth cushion is 76" X 60"
  • OceanAir combo screens and shades
  • Peekaboo blinds on all the ports
  • Beautiful teak and oak cabin sole
  • Protective, removable carpeting


Guest Head

  • Head and shower are separate
  • Clear, dual hinged shower door
  • VacuFlush head with tank monitor
  • 40 gal. water supply for head
  • Vanity, sink, storage, mirror
  • Comfortable, secure teak seat
  • Two portlights
  • Peekaboo blinds


Navigation & Electronic Equipment

  • All Raymarine electronics upgraded in 2017.
  • Raymarine 9” MFD eS Series 98 at chart table.
  • Raymarine 12” MFD eS Series 128 at helm.
  • Raymarine 4kW 18” HD Color Radome
  • Questus mast mounted self-leveling gimbaled radar bracket.
  • Raymarine AIS 650 with dedicated VHF and GPS antennas
  • Raymarine i60 Wind Instrument
  • Raymarine i50 Depth Ins.
  • Raymarine i50 Speed Inst. with Airmar Speed Temp sensor transducer new 2019.
  • Raymarine i70 , 4 inch Instrument Display at chart table
  • Raymarine p70 Evolution Autopilot Head Instrument
  • Raymarine EV-1 Course Sensors, compass, gyro, accelerometer
  • Raymarine ACU400 Actuator, Autopilot Control Unit * should be a 400
  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot - Lewmar Mamba Drive Motor.
  • Raymarine Smart Controller & Base station E 15023, hand held.
  • Raymarine SiriusXM SR150 For Weather.
  • Raymarine Network Switch HS5
  • Raymarine E22158-SeaTalk-STNG-Converter
  • Raymarine RS130 GPS Receiver.
  • Navionics chart card USA & Canada 2019
  • Garmin Handheld GPS 78SC
  • Link 10 Battery Monitor


Communication Equipment

  • Pactor Modem P4 Dragon DR-7400 SCS new in 2017
  • (down load weather and e-mail when offshore).
  • Icom M-802 150 watt HF SSB transceiver
  • Icom At-140 automatic antenna tuner
  • HF antenna uses insulated backstay
  • HF ground is copper ground system
  • ICOM M-602 25 watt VHF transceiver
  • VHF antenna cable heavy low loss Times Microwave LMR 400 installed 1/2019
  • Shakespeare masthead VHF antenna installed 1/2019
  • SIM card internet HUAWEI Technologies B890 LTE Wirless Gateway
  • W3X MARINE series mobile broadband router for WCDMA/HSPA mobile networks (G2 and G3). Connects to onshore cell towers up to 15 miles offshore and distributes WiFi signal
  • throughout the vessel.
  • WAVE WiFi EC-APER MARINE series Connects to open WiFi signals
  • Satellite phone and high speed internet – Fleet Broadband Skipper 150 MARINE system (FB150) – compatible with Inmarsat communication satellite.


Ship's Instruments

  • Garmin GPS 72 handheld GPS unit
  • Weems and Plath digital barometer
  • Loos PT3 rigging tension gauge


Entertainment & Computer Equipment

  • 23” HP TouchSmart computer/TV/DVD in main salon – auto connection to available WiFi internet
  • 20” HP TouchSmart computer /TV/DVD in owners cabin – auto connection to available WiFi internet
  • Alpine AM/FM radio and CD player
  • Stereo speakers 4 in salon (2, cockpit)
  • (iPads and other tablets/phones can be used throughout the vessel using WiFi for internet streaming).


Propulsion, Generator & Mechanical Equipment

  • Yanmar 100 hp turbo diesel, Model 4JH3-HTE – 4,389 hours (fully serviced Oct. 2019)
  • Racor 500 fuel filter and priming pump.
  • MasPower enclosed 8 kw generator - Generator engine - Yanmar 3TNE74C-3MA, 1,569 hours (fully serviced Oct. 2019)
  • Generator Racor spin-on fuel filter
  • Fuel polishing continuous run pump.
  • Steering system uses solid, Torque Tubes, Bevelheads, Draglink & Rose Joints.
  • Python drive system and thrust bearing.
  • Imtra SidePower bow thruster (with four standalone batteries)
  • Dometic Turbo 16,000 BTU reverse cycle- heat and air conditioning system
  • Cruise Air 16,000 BTU reverse cycle - heat and air conditioning system
  • Condensation from both AC’s is contained and pumped overboard providing a dry bilge.
  • Seaward (F1100) 120 VAC water heater
  • Seagull drinking water purifier filter system
  • Rule 3,500 gph bilge pump (lower)
  • Rule 3,500 gph bilge pump (upper)
  • Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
  • Watermaker FCI 120v. - 500 gallons per day, model AM516S Aquamiser+, new membranes 2019


Electrical Shorepower/Windpower/Solarpower

  • Isolation Transformer 12KVA Charles model 93-IXFMR121A
  • Inverter Xantrex sign wave power inverter 12v-120v 1000/1800
  • 50 amp shorepower cable (50ft)
  • 30 amp shorepower cable (50ft)
  • Assorted shorepower pigtails (for U.S. and European marina power pedestals)
  • Charles Industry 12v 100amp battery charger 5000SP Series
  • 12v battery bank (2) AGM for Thruster new June 2020
  • 12V battery bank (2) AGM for Windlass new June 2020
  • 12V starter battery AGM for main engine July 2020  
  • 12V starter battery AGM for generator Aug. 2020 
  • Air Breeze wind generator 160 watts
  • Provisions for solar panels integrated into the bimini cover – with zipper removal for storage when necessary. Wiring and 400 watt controller installed.
  • E-marine Model E20 control panel to integrate and manage both wind and solar power if needed.
  • NOTE: all overhead, reading, deck and navigation lights are LED or converted to LED’s



  • FCI 12v watermaker - 500 gallons per day, model AM516S Aquamiser+
  • Seagull water filter – Seagull 4X-2KB water purifier



  • Charleston Spars, mainmast and boom, (in-mast furling, manual operation/ internal halyards lead to cockpit)
  • Charleston Spars, Hoyt staysail boom (pivoting, bridled, self tacking)
  • Spinnaker bowsprit boom.
  • Roll-Gen spinnaker furling system
  • Main boom extension lifting crane designed to lift and put dinghy on aft deck if desired.
  • Harken 2.5 headsail furling system
  • Harken 1.5 staysail furling system
  • Sparcraft line control boom vang
  • Custom boom jibe preventer hardware and control line.
  • Custom rigging to keep self tacking staysail in a back wind position for hove to storm conditions.
  • Loos PT3 rigging tension gauge



  • Genoa, Staysail & Main upgraded to Quantum Woven Hydra Net, this sailcloth is simply stronger over the extended life of the sail than any woven polyester new in 2011.
  • New Sunbrella sun covers for sails 2019.
  • Spinnaker - Furling Cruising Spinnaker/Gennaker, Roll-Gen furling drum by Bamar


Hull & Deck Equipment


  • Two Harken #64-2  2-speed electric primary winches
  • One Harken #48 ST electric 2-speed main sheet winch
  • Two Harken #32 ST 2 speed aux winches
  • One Harken #48 ST 2-speed aux winch


  • Two Harken #32 ST 2-speed halyard
  • One Harken #16 2-speed halyard

(1) Harken mainsheet traveler system

(6) Spinlock rope clutches (2x3)

(3) Mast mounted Spinlock rope clutches – (1) for each sail halyard

IP built-in extending boom crane

Sunbrella dodger and bimini

(6) Lewmar Ocean Series deck hatches with fly screen & shades.

(15) Opening portlights with shades

(2) S/S safety granny rails at mast base

(4) S/S dorado vents with guard rails

(4) Chrome plated brass IP plates

(1) Custom-built stainless steel “easyrider” pulpit rail seat for dolphin watching

(1)  Glendenning 12v Hosemaster (55 ft hose) electric retrieval reel storage system – mounted in the forward chain/sail locker


Dinghy & Arch

  • AB inflatable 10.5 feet 2007 10VS, with 15hp Yamaha 2005 Model 06 two stroke.
  • Custom-designed and -built arch for dinghy and all communication antennae. The arch was designed and built using the industry’s very highest quality welding and polishing standards


Ground Tackle & Docking Equipment

  • Windlass Muir HR 2500 Cheetah two chain gypsy
  • Custom stainless cover for windlass
  • Up/down foot switches for windlass, with additional control at helm
  • IP dual S/S anchor roller brackets
  • Primary anchor: Spade anchor, 66 lb.
  • Secondary anchor: Bruce anchor, 60 lb.
  • Primary chain: Acco Hi Test G4 7/16” chain, 225 ft
  • Secondary chain: Acco Hi Test G4 3/8" chain, 80 ft
  • Secondary rode: 3/4" rope, 200 ft
  • Robust S/S anchor chain lock
  • Fenders
  • Fender board
  • Dock lines
  • Large anchor gear and sail locker storage sling at bow
  • Large ship’s gear locker at stern
  • Two in-deck gear lockers at stern


Deck & Cockpit Equipment

  • Folding teak cockpit table
  • Teak four-cup drink holder
  • Teak hinged companionway doors
  • Custom fitted cockpit cushions
  • (2) Folding support seats
  • Aluminum boat hook and pole


Sunbrella Cover/Screens

  • Full set of tropical summer awnings with side flaps. Bow to stern boat deck is completely shaded allowing hatches to be open even in heavy rain showers
  • Full sun cover for helm station/instrumentation/teak cockpit table/winch covers and deck hatches
  • Full sun cover for dinghy
  • Additional see-through sunshades for cockpit
  • Full set of Isinglass cockpit enclosure zippered panels for cold weather sailing – used only 3 times


Fire & Safety Equipment

  • An extensive state of the art lightning suppression system was installed through out the vessel including just above water line electrical energy dispersing rod.
  • Viking Ocean life raft, 6-person (recertified in 2015, currently out of date)
  • EPIRB Ocean Signal Class 2 GPS 10 year battery life, new in 2019.
  • (2) Two large Halon fire extinguishers for engine room-specific use – with engine room bulkhead delivery port.
  • (8) USCG personal floatation devices
  • LifeSling MOB recovery system
  • Manual fire extinguishers throughout.
  • Para-Tech Sea Anchor and rode.
  • (2) Raymarine LifeTag MOB wrist bands currently not activated.
  • Island Packet emergency tiller
  • First aid kit
  • Aluminum radar reflector
  • Handheld and rocket flare kit


Spare Parts & Manuals

  • All manuals in ring binders
  • Spare parts for Yanmar engine
  • Spare parts for Maspower generator
  • Spare parts for other systems
  • Spare Head Systems and Parts:
  • (1) Fully rebuilt VacuFlush head vacuum generator spare with set of duckbill check valves


Storage Areas

The boat is designed with plenty of easily accessible storage. There are two very large storage "cabin-sized" compartments. One is located at the bow, accessible through a large forward translucent deck hatch. The other is located at the stern (transom lazarette) and is accessible two ways. One can access this huge stern storage compartment (some call it a garage!) through a large reinforced fiberglass sealed deck hatch. One can also access this stern storage compartment through a large step-through doorway in the aft master cabin. When dockside, the large deck access is really convenient and allows excellent access, daylight and ventilation. When underway, the interior access passageway is convenient and dry, providing full access while keeping salt spray out of the compartment.

Transom Lazarette Upgrade

Fully enhanced with powder-coated aluminum shelving – increases storage by over 200% over standard configuration


Additional Teak Woodwork

  • Custom teak woodworking in main salon – includes wine rack and library shelves (replaces the standard fold-down fold-out salon table)
  • (2) Teak fold-out custom dining tables in main salon - either table can be set up on the aft deck for social events or use a smaller teak table top that is also available.
  • Custom teak additions to shelving in galley for additional restraint while underway
  • Custom teak work in owner’s cabin to store computer keyboards etc.
  • Additional wrap-around teak shelving in nav station area