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1996 Island Packet 45

location icon Palmetto, Florida
Year 1996
Length 45 ft

A World Class Cruising Boat 

Heart of Gold has benefited from many upgrades:

 Refrigeration, Solar Panels, Wind generator, Fuel tank cleaned and fuel polished, Spinlock rope clutches, All Chain plates replaced,  Auto Pilot, Chart plotter, Radar, Air Conditioning, Mack Pack, Bimini/Dodger, Newer Holding tank and sanitation hoses, Swim Platform, Custom Mattress, LED lighting, Newer Stove, Line bags and the list goes on. 


Year Built 1996
Category Sail
Length Overall 45'3 ft
Beam 13'4 ft
Max Draft 4'10 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Full Keel
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 62 hp
Cruising Speed 6 kn
Maximum Speed 8.2 kn
Fuel Tank Cap. 140 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. aluminium
Water Tank Cap. 240 gal
Holding Tank Cap. 45 gal
Ballast 12500 lb
Displacement 28,400 lb
Bridge Clearance 58'10 ft
Windlass Electric

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Model: 4JH2TBE
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 62hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 BladeBronze
Engine Hours: 3,568

Heart of Gold has benefited from many upgrades like all chain plates being replaced, all Newer electronics including Auto Pilot, Chart Plotter & Radar. Other features include Air Conditioning,  Bimini/Dodger, Newer Heads, Newer Holding tank and sanitation hoses, Custom Swim Platform, Mack Pack, Custom Mattress, LED lighting, Newer Stove, Refrigeration, Solar Panels, & Wind Generator. Spin-lock rope clutches, Line bags and the list goes on.

The Island Packet 45 replaced the Island Packet 44 model and was produced from 1996 to 2000.  It is the culmination of many of the great aspects of the Island Packet line, which has made it so popular, with cruisers, over the years.  This is hull number 12 of 44 hulls built.

Heart of Gold has had three very experienced and knowledgeable owners.


Starting forward there is the owner's private head.  Going aft to Starboard is the double Pullman berth and hanging lockers and storage to port.  Then there is the roomy main salon.  Aft of that on the starboard side is the Nav station.  On the port side near the companion way is the aft head with the Galley directly across on the starboard side. All the way aft on the port side is the double guest cabin.  The large cockpit will accommodate a large group and is long enough to sleep two people and has ample storage in the large lazarette.

  • Main salon cushions recovered with Ultra leather in 2013

  • 16,000 BTU Cruiseair Air conditioning - 2015
  • Raritan Marine toilets - 2017
  • LED lighting throughout - 2017
  • Holding tank and sanitation hoses - replaced in 2017
  • Seven 12v fans.  Some oscillate and have timers
  • Shades on all ports and hatches
  • Custom Screen package for all ports,hatches & companion way
  • Zarcor Peek A Boo shades for ports - 2017
  • Zarcor removable Saloon Style companion way doors with screens, black out and regular inserts - 2017
  • EJ Schrader Mattresses - 2017
  • Interior Varnish with Awlwood

The Galley is large and easy to work in, yet safe to use while underway. It has benefited by many new improvements including New Stove and Oven, LED lighting and water filter and more.

  • Re-insulated refrigeration box with Adler-Barbour Super Cold - water and air cooled compressor - 2015
  • Force 10  gimbaled 3 burner stove and oven
  • LED lighting - 2015
  • Spectra Water Maker 7 gph. - Needs Service
  • Water heater - 2017
  • Culligan Water Filter system 
  • Double stainless steel galley sinks
  • Pressurized hot and cold water system
  • Manual hand pump (fresh water)
  • Hand shower nozzle
  • Electric pump for refrigerator
  • Very generous storage throughout galley area 

In the Summer of 2015 a vessel, docked nearby, was hit by lighting which effected much of Heart of Gold's electronics and therefore required replacing.  The Electronics Pod, at the Helm, is one of the best that I have seen as it has a very low profile and the Helmsperson can easily see over it while sitting at the Helm seat.

  • Raymarine E95 Chart plotter/ Radar with Wifi and Bluetooth and Fishfinder New 2015 and in Low profile Pod.
  • Raymarine 24 mile LCR HD Radar with 18" dome New 2015
  • Raymarine  EV400 Sail Auto Pilot New 2015
  • Raymarine i50 Wind, Speed, Depth New 2015 
  • Raymarine AIS650 with AIS Antenna Splitter New 2015 
  • Raymarine RS130 GPS Antenna New 2015 
  • Raymarine CP370 Depth Sounder New 2015 with Sonar Fishfinder & Knotmeter 
  • Raymarine Seatalk NG Network New 2015
  • ICOM MA500 TR AIS New 2015
  • ICOM M424G VHF Radio/GPS with RAM mic at Helm New 2015
  • ICOM M802 SSB with Acknowledgement. Head New 2015
  • Long range Byllet Wifi Antenna and Router New 2015
  • Fuse box for all Raymarine Equipment New 2015
  • Transducer New 2015
  • Navpod for Raymarine equipment New 2015
  • Navionics Charts for USA, N Bahamas, Central and South America New 2015
  • Fusion AM/FM/MP3 player with speakers and Antenna New 2015 on network, can be operated from chart plotter
  • LED Tri Color Anchor and Running Lights New 2015
  • LED forward and aft running lights New 2015
  • Steaming Light New 2015 
  • Blue and White LED Spreader lights New 2015
  • 12V DC system with New breaker panel indicator lights 2015
  • 110/220 AC systems with New breaker panel indicator lights 2015
  • Three Solar Panels equal 380 Watts
  • New Airbreeze wind generator 2015
  • Two 8D AGM house batteries (256 ah each) 2015
  •  Engine start battery
  • Xantrex Freedom 2000 w Inverter /Charger with remote panel
  • Xantrex 15 amp Echocharger battery combiner/ Aux charger
  • Xantrex LinkPro Battery Monitor
  • Blue Sky regulator
  • Dual USB & Dual 12v Outlets below companion way 
  • Yanmar 4JH2TBE engine with approximately 3568 hours
  • Spectra D150 Watermaker
  • Electric Fuel pump and polishing system
  • High water bilge pump with alarm plus factory installed electric pump
  • Additional Whale hand pump inside boat with hose to take water out of cockpit
  • Factory installed hand pump in cockpit
  • Wema Fuel and Water Gauges
  • Engine Temperature and Oil sensors and gauges 2015
  • Two Bilge Pump Switches
Sails and Rigging
  • New Chain Plates installed by Snead Island Boat Works 2017
  • Forestay and inner forestay chain plates replaced 2013
  • Sparcraft keel stepped main mast
  • Stainless steel wire rigging with swage terminals 
  • Harken roller-furling headsail
  • Harken roller-furling Staysail
  • Staysail self-tacking with designated track and boom
  • Mainsail - Needs Replacement
  • Genoa - New in 2021
  • Staysail - 2010
  • Standing rigging replaced in 2010 and replaced with metric rigging
  • Mack pack - 2017
  • Spinlock Clutches 2015
  • 110 roller furl Genoa.
  • Asymmetrical with rigging
  • Storm sail with separate track on mast
  • Whisker pole with rigging
  • Two Lewmar 54 s self tailing primary winches
  • Two Lewmar 44 s self tailing secondary winches
  • One Lewmar 16 self tailing reefing winch
Deck & Hull

The helm position on this vessel is unique to any others that i have seen.  The pod for the electronics is extremely 'low profile' and subsequently, one can see over the pod from the seated position. 

  • Custom Swim Platform with built in Ladder. 2017
  • Twin bow anchor rollers
  • Maxwell RC10 Vertical, rope/chain windlass installed in 2012 - Needs Service
  • 3/8" chain (200 feet) installed in 2012
  • Primary anchor 55# Delta
  • Secondary anchor 45# Bruce with 200 feet of nylon rode plus 300 feet of braided 5/8 braided line in duffel in lazarette
  • Fortress FX37 folding anchor
  • LED Blue and White Spreader Lights 2015
  • Bimini and Dodger with Grab rails were new in 2015
  • Life raft Viking 4 person (needs re-certification)
  • Stainless Steel Arch with dingy davits
  • Solid stainless steel life line around cockpit and to the boarding gate
  • CopperCoat Bottom Paint - New in 2021
  • New Painted Non-Skid Surfaces - New in 2021
  • New Boot and Cove Stripe Paint
  • 8 Coats of Awlwood Varnish on Cockpit,Combing and handrails
  • Fold out cockpit table
  • Edson wheel steering
  • Cockpit cushions with textaline
  • Sun awning 
  • Four Dorade ventilators/dorades
  • Cockpit shower
  • Cockpit speakers
  • 7 Lewmar deck hatches
  • 14 Opening Stainless Steel Ports
  • Four Fenders
  • Stainless Steel Security gate for companionway



Owner's personal items not listed here are not a part of the sale. Details of this vessel are offered in good faith but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. While efforts are made to keep this listing up to date, information provided at the time of listing is subject to change if the vessel is on the market for an extended time.  A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information
Contact Clint Jordan EMAIL: clint.jordan1@gmail.com  CELL: 850-723-4278 or
Michael Fauser EMAIL: mike@whiteakeryachtsales.com CELL: 941-518-5614 
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