|Yacht Name:||Rula Bula|
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'.
|Water Tank Capacity:||300 Gallons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||300 Gallons|
|Holding Tank Capacity:||60 Gallons|
|Number of Engines:||1|
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.
(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
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