IP440 Features

A Standard Equipment List Like No Other

The Island Pilot 435 Standard Equipment List reads like most trawlers options list. In fact, the IP435’s option list is non-existant (check out the pricing page). In order to deliver on our promise of providing the absolute best value in a quality fast trawler, we’ve put on the standard specifications all those items that get routinely added to everyone else’s purchase orders (in the option column,of course). At the same time, we’ve kept our base price (including all these items) competitive with the other fast trawlers prices. Read the specifications for all the details...

Speaking of Performance

Many buyers of “Fast Trawlers” are looking to spend much of their time cruising at displacement, or close to displacement speeds, with occasional periods spent at faster speeds. We feel our drive train (the pair of D6 435 HP Volvo Penta diesels with IPS600 drives) meet this type of owner’s needs. With a total of 870 HP, the Island Pilot will outperform similar-sized cruisers such as the “tug” yachts - we sea trialed IP435 #19 in Winter 2007 and achieved a top speed of 34 knots and a continuous cruising speed of 28-30 knots.

The great thing about these new electronically controlled Volvo Penta diesels is that they get the same relative economy thoughout the power range -  you’ll get great mileage at both displacement speeds and planing speeds. This translates into about 3NM/Gal at 6.5 knots, 2NM/Gal at 7.5 knots and 1 NM/Gal at planing speeds, from 15 thru 28 knots.

In other words, you can cruise efficiently, economically, quietly and smoothly whether at 8 knots, 18 knots or 28 knots!

Compare IPS with Traditional, Angled-Shaft Drive Trains

It can be eye opening to compare this performance and economy with a similar sized, priced and purposed boat, the Beneteau Swift 42. Based on information available on Beneteau’s web site, the Swift measures almost identical to the Island Pilot - both are 42’ on deck with 14’ beams and weigh in at 30,000# at the time of their respective sea trials. They have a bit less horsepower with a pair of 370 HP diesels and have old-fashion angled drives. The Beneteau has a top speed of 24.8 knots with a fuel consumption yielding 0.6 NM/Gal (at her cruising speed of 21 knots). This is like comparing an automobile that gets 20 miles to the gallon with one that gets 30 plus mpg. (to see other comparisons to the Beneteau and several “tug” yachts - click here)

Four (Count Them!) Propellers


Volvo Penta has brought the level of outdrive technology to the point were pod-style dual props are now a viable alternative for this type of motor yacht. Facing forward, they run in clean water - pivoting, they supply the steering - with integrated plumbing, both the cooling water and exhaust are a part of the drive - exhaust exits the boat well underwater and is churned up by the swirling water behind the props. (Grand Banks has recently introduced a new Europa, due out in 2009, using Cummins/Mercruiser Zeus drives.)European yachts led the market - they’ve been using dual prop drives for years in comparable yachts.