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1999 Island Packet 45

Palmetto, Florida




Ellen Ruth is well equipped for taking you safely anywhere in the world in comfort and style. Among her many attributes are Beautiful Custom Cabinetry Work, Low-Hours Generator, Solar Panels, Air Conditioning, Max Prop, Electric Anchor Windlass, 2010 Sails in Good Condition, Spinnaker, Lewmar Electric Winch, and a Good Safety Package including EPRIB. She was on the Great Lakes until 2010 where she was stored in heated storage in the winter. Her current owner has cruised extensively and has always maintained her to high standards. This is a very nice size boat with two roomy staterooms with adjoining heads perfect for two couples or for a family with lots of room left for guests and tons of storage space. Call us today to arrange a showing of this blue water cruising sailboat!

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Ellen Ruth
Make: Island Packet
Model: 45
Year: 1999
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Island Packet
Designer: Bob Johnson
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: TDL45033E899
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 45 ft
Length Overall: 45 ft
Waterline Length: 37'7 ft
Beam: 13'4 ft
Max Draft: 4'10 ft
Bridge Clearance: 58'10 ft
Single Berths: 1
Double Berths: 3
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH2TE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 62hp
  • Propeller Type: Feathering
  • Engine Hours: 3104
Cruising Speed: 5.21 kn
Maximum Speed: 7.13 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 140 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 240 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 45 gal


Heads Count: 2
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Cruisers, Cutter


Mike Fauser
EMAIL: CELL PHONE: 941.518.5614 We realize your time is important and you may drive a long distance so please call in advance . SHOWINGS BY APPOINTMENT.
Whiteaker Yacht Sales


Whiteaker Yacht Sales
11454 28th St. Cir. E.
Parrish, Florida, US, 34219

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.


The interior of this, like new, Island Packet 45 is very special. When the boat was delivered from the factory it was sent with extra matching teak to build custom cabinetry. Expert carpenters made some beautiful additions to this already very handsome boat. Starting aft there is added cabinetry above the existing outboard galley cabinets, the salon has an added, matching locker with doors to duplicate the starboard side, the owners stateroom has custom cabinets and drawers above the existing port side lockers and the forward head has custom teak shelving. You simply have to see this Island Packet to really appreciate it. This IP 45 was sailed exclusively on fresh water until 2010. Throughout its life on the Great Lakes, she was in heated storage during the winter months. Interior storage included the boat, dinghy, mast, boom and roller furling systems. With one of the most innovative, practical and well-appointed interiors to ever appear in a yacht of this size range, “Ellen Ruth's" accommodations are focused on both the requirements of extended cruising and a comfortable lifestyle when spending time aboard. Two large double staterooms, well separated for privacy and each with its own head and shower, are separated by a large, comfortable salon that provides a great place for entertaining and relaxing. There is a large and accommodating navigation desk/station where the boat can be effectively piloted using the Raymarine autopilot and charting system during extreme weather situations. Included is a chart storage cabinet in aft stateroom, five teak book racks and Weems & Plath stainless steel clock & barometer. Main salon cushions were re-covered with Ultra-Leather in 2021. The master suite has a New Custom Mattress in 2018 creating an extremely comfortable sleep experience.

  • Two CruiseAir reverse cycle Air conditioning units. (16,000 & 7,000 BTU)
  • New Custom Mattress in Master cabin 2018
  • New Ultra Leather Upholstery on Navigations seat 2016
  • New Ultra Leather Upholstery in Main Salon in 2021
  • New Mattress in Aft Stateroom 2021
  • New LED Cabin light fixtures 2018
  • New Faucet in forward head 2022

  • 12v Cabin Fans New 2020

  • 3 Cantalupi overhead lights - 2 in main salon, 1 in galley

  • Seven opening Lewmar deck hatches
  • Glebe Creek overhead hatch screens

  • 16 opening polished stainless steel portlights with screens & Peek a Boo blinds
  • Four polished stainless steel Dorade vents with screens for added ventilation 

The large galley is located near the center of motion for comfort and safety and convenient to both the salon and the cockpit and located on the port side, near the companion way. Along with the afore mentioned custom cabinets there is a lot of storage space including dish racks, cutlery drawers, and lots of dry storage.

  • Air cooled Frigoboat DC refrigeration/freezer (new 2011) with dual external controls and temperature gauges.
  • New Microwave (2021)
  • New Propane Dickinson "Mediterranean" 3 burner stove and oven (2015)
  • Two 10-lb aluminum propane tanks (recertified January 2021) mounted in deck locker.
  • Both Propane tank valves replaced (2021)
  • Xintex S-2A LPG fume detector/alarm
  • New Galley Faucet (2022)
  • New LED lighting added above the counter top and below the stove
  • Countertop filler for stove
  • Fold down counter in front of sink for added counter space
  • Large Stainless Steel double sink with cutting board
  • Pressure Hot and Cold water.   Smart Pump new 2011
  • Manual water pump at sink
  • Seagull water filtration system
  • Two teak spice racks and two teak knife racks
Electronics & Navigation

Most of the electronics have been recently updated are flush mounted at the helm, cockpit bulkhead and at the navigation station. A flat panel TV is on the starboard side and the stereo is mounted port side salon cabinet.

  • Raymarine Axion Pro 12-inch Chart plotter / Radar at Helm 2019
  • Raymarine Axion Touch 8-inch Chart plotter / Radar at Nav Station 2019
  • Raymarine 4 Kw Digital Closed array Radar mast mounted on a Kato bracket 2019
  • Raymarine AIS Send and Receive 2019
  • Autohelm ST7000T Autopilot
  • Raytheon i70 Speed and Wind mounted at the helm
  • Raytheon i60 Speed and Wind repeaters on the starboard cockpit bulkhead
  • Repeater for Depth, Speed, Wind and Nav info at the Navigation station
  • RAM cockpit VHF microphone and booster speaker at helm
  • Standard Horizon Explorer VHF mounted at Nav station
  • Navionics electronic charts for the Great Lakes, the U.S. East Coast, Florida and the Bahamas
  • Plantronics Gazelle FM & TV antenna on mast
  • Sony Marine iPod/CD/MP3/ACC/WMA Stereo with two Yamaha interior speakers
  • Two exterior Poly-Planar Speakers in Cockpit
  • Sony remote control unit ready for cockpit installation
  • Insignia Flat panel 22” TV
  • WiFi booster antenna
  • Weems & Plath Barometer and Clock

 In addition to the great standard electrical system supplied by Island Packet this boat came with the electrical upgrade option - which included a larger battery charger, alternator and upgraded batteries. Island Packet electrical standard features include UL approved marine pre-tinned color coded wiring with heat sealed connections throughout, an electrical bonding system for rig and underwater metals, 110V outlets with GFI protection and a galvanic isolator. The boat also comes with deluxe electrical panels with circuit breakers for DC and AC systems, DC an AC gauges, battery test system and reverse polarity protection.

  • Fisher Panda 5kw generator w/Racor fuel filter and hushbox (New 2010 - 412 hours
  • Generator control panel near nav station; seacock for cooling located below floor in galley
  • Three 160-watt solar panels mounted on custom built, super sturdy, stainless steel superstructure
  • Victron solar panel charge Controller
  • Balmar Max Charge 3 step regulator (New 2011)
  • Eight "group 27" Lifeline batteries for the house bank (800 total amps) 2018
  • One 100 amp-hrs “group 27" Lifeline engine start battery
  • One AGM bow thruster battery with dedicated charger
  • MasterVolt 100 amp Battery Charger with MV Easy monitor at the nav station) - charger works with shore power or on board generator
  • Balmar 100amp dual output alternator 
  • Battery parallel switch to house bank for emergency start
  • Heart Interface digital echo charger
  • Additional 110V & 12V outlets at nav station
  • Dual 30 amp shore power with a 50 amp connector
  • Four 30 amp shore cords (2-50' cords; 2-25' cords)

At the heart of the mechanical systems is the 62hp Yanmar turbo diesel (4JH2TE)  with 3,104 hours. The 4J features four cylinders, fresh water-cooling, rubber isolation mounts and twin fuel pumps (mechanical and electrical). This engine has been professionally maintained and received oil changes and filter changes every 100-125 hours of operation. Stuffing box filled with low maintenance Gortex-graphite fiber packing. Four new engine mounts were installed in September 2012 as was a new exhaust hose. Mixing elbow was inspected in fall 2014. Cockpit scupper hoses were replaced in September 2012 and new, bronze thru-hull fittings replaced the original Marlon fittings

  • 62hp Yanmar 4JH2TE Turbo diesel with 3,104 hours
  • New Engine mounts 2017
  • Freshwater Engine heat exchanger
  • Recessed cockpit engine control panel with monitoring and warning systems Single, Throttle and Shift lever engine control - binnacle mounted
  • Whitlock rack and pinion steering with a leather covered Edson Folding wheel 2016
  • Racor fuel filter/water separator and Electrical fuel pump
  • Vetus bow thruster with joy stick control at the helm (New 2010)
  • Three blade VP Max Prop Macerator pump (Factory prop on board for back-up)
  • Reverso oil change system for engine & generator
  • 2 CruiseAir reverse cycle air-conditioning units (16,000 BTU & 7,000 BTU)
  • Bronze intake strainers
  • New Automatic bilge pump (Rule 3700) 2019
  • Manual (Whale) Bilge pump
  • 2 Raritan heads with New premium triple wall sanitation hose 2016
  • 11 gallon hot water tank (New 2011)
  • New Macerator pump 2021

Deck and Hull

The sheer line of the Island Packet 45 model may well be one of the best the builder has ever produced. This boat is certainly noticed wherever she goes. The hull gel coat is ivory and the boot and feature stripe is dark navy blue. The Custom Dodger/Bimini (new in 2011) is done in Sunbrella ‘Captain’s Blue’ as is the MacPack mainsail cover.  Additional features of the dodger/bimini (new 2011) include port and starboard grabrails, aft grabrail, sail trim window and a helm window. The dodger (with polycarbonate windshield) attaches to the free standing bimini via a removable connector panel. The enclosure comes with a protective window cover and full enclosure (with Eisen glass or screens) for the cockpit. The full enclosure make the cockpit an extra room; a great feature for extended cruising or living aboard.  

  • New Copper Coat Anti-Fowling Epoxy Bottom Treatment 2021
  • New Maxwell 1500 Vertical Windlass with deck and Helm switches 2018
  • ROCNA 33 - 72lb anchor with NEW 300' 5/16" HT chain and 250’ of 5/8” rode 2020
  • Two heavy-duty stainless steel anchor rollers
  • Sea water wash down system on foredeck
  • New Double lifelines with boarding gates 2015
  • Protective rub rail with SS striker
  • Two Stainless steel mast pulpits
  • Custom stainless steel boarding ladder to allow swimming and easy boarding from the water
  • Four polished stainless steel Dorade vents w/screens
  • Flush deck LPG locker with two 10 lb. tanks
  • Island Packet step plates at boarding gates
  • Cockpit ice box
  • Gas struts on cockpit lockers
  • Custom companionway doors w/removable Lucite inserts ( Cruising Concepts)
  • Custom Teak bi-fold cockpit table with storage cabinet (Cruising Concepts)
  • Binnacle beverage holder (Cruising Concepts)
  • Companion way teak Hatch boards 
  • New Helm chair and cover 2021
  • New Lifesling 2016
  • Transom Out Board motor mount
  • New ForeSpar outboard motor lift system 2021
  • Kato stainless steel dinghy davits with a 6 to 1 purchase
  • Flag pole holder on Kato davits
  • SS LPG grill with fishing poll mount
Sails and Rigging

The cutter rig is very adaptable to a wide range of conditions with minimum effort. It is a versatile, easily handled sailplan for a short-handed crew. All critical sail controls are accessible in the cockpit. The Sobstad sails were new in 2010. The mainsail (472sq ft) has 2 reefs & four full battens, 130% Genoa (638sq ft) has a navy Sunbrella UV suncover, the staysail (152sq ft) is fitted with a navy Sunbrella suncover. There is also a cruising spinnaker (or Genaker) w/snuffer. The main is tamed with a MackPack lazy jacks/cover system. The boom is controlled with a rigid vang  from Garhauer (new 2012). Raising the mainsail is simplified with the combination of the Antal mast track system and an electric Lewmar winch. The mast is a Sparcraft Ocean series double spreader keel stepped unit with an extra PVC tube installed internally for the radar cable.

  • 316L Stainless Steel Chain plates
  • New Standing Rigging with Sta-Lok fittings 2019
  • New Sail Pack and Lazy Jacks 2019
  • Four New Halyards 2021
  • New Carbon/ Aluminum Whisker pole 2017
  • Garhauer rigid boom vang
  • Staysail boom in storage
  • Antal mainsail track with HS 50 mast slider system
  • Additional genoa track on port & starboard
  • Main sheet traveler with 4:1 control system
  • Dual single line "auto reefing" system for both reef points - led to cockpit.
  • One Lewmar OP2 electric main halyard winch on port cabin top
  • One Lewmar #48CST mainsheet winch on starboard cabintop
  • Two Lewmar #54CST primary winches (2 speed)
  • Two Lewmar #30CST secondary winches (2 speed)
  • One Lewmar #16CST staysail winch on cabin top
  • One Lewmar #24 winch on mast
  • ProFurl furling for genoa halyard (LC42)
  • ProFurl furling for staysail (LC32
  • One Lewmar #8 winch on mast
  • One Lewmar #24 winch on mast
  • Topping lift - controlled at mast or boom
  • Spinnaker halyard
  • Wichard ‘Gyb’easy’ boom brake system for safer downwind sailing
  • Bosun chair
  • Loos rigging tension gauge
  • Craftsman cable cutter for emergency use

As with all the other areas of this boat the owners have enhanced and added to existing systems to make this boat as safe as possible.

  • A vast array of assorted replacement and backup parts & gear for cruising
  • Tri-color masthead light with strobe
  • New High intensity LED Navigation Lights 2016
  • Life sling 2016
  • Two Mobri radar reflectors
  • Masthead lightning strike diffuser
  • EPRIB with GPS
  • Floating abandon ship bag with hand held water maker and extra flares (expired)
  • Horseshoe buoy w/strobe light on stern rail
  • Foredeck light
  • 4 - Offshore Lifejackets
  • Xintex-S2A LPG fume detector/alarm
  • Safe T-Alert carbon monoxide detector
  • Large ‘clean agent’ fire extinguisher (immediately adjacent engine room) and engine room fire port
  • Four dry chemical fire extinguishers mounted throughout the cabin and the starboard locker
  • Flare kit w/25mm alert flare gun
  • Jack lines
  • Four hinged pad eyes in cockpit for safety harness attachment

The following are Excluded from the sale of the vessel and do not convey.

  • The Dinghy and Outboard
  • Dometic Portable Freezer

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 Michael Fauser CELL: 941-518-5614 or

Clint Jordan EMAIL:  CELL: 850-723-4278

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