Island Pilot 535 Features


Performance at Any Speed




The Island Pilot 535 breathes performance. At any speed.

VolvoPenta_IPS800_900_250pix02Fitted with the Volvo Penta D-11, 700 HP diesels and the IPS II steerable pods, each motor effectively delivers the equivalent of 900 HP to the water. This means you’re getting close to 30% more power resulting in more speed, more fuel economy or both.

Miami-CharlestonAt displacement speeds, the IP 535 has similar economy as full-displacement, single-screw, slow-speed trawlers: 1 NM/Gallon. We recently made an overnight trip from Miami to Charleston, 38 hours sea-buoy to sea-buoy, running at 8 knots. We encountered a variety of sea conditions, but always maintained positive steering and tracking due to the fact that we’re steering with 4 forward-facing propellers. No other drive train can deliver the sort of control that results from steerable pods. The Seakeeper gyro stabilizer ensured that we were comfortable the entire trip.

At mid-range speeds (not necessarily desirable, but sometimes necessary in a seaway), the IP 535 has performance and economy not unlike the multitude of semi-displacement cruisers and “tug” yachts. But, since her motors are aft, under the cockpit, interior noise is kept to a minimum - 70 db. There are no diesels grinding away under foot!

IP535_01_HiSpeedTurn_250pixAt planing speeds, the IP 535’s deep V hull really starts to shine. You can expect efficient, quiet, smooth cruising speeds between 18 and 28 knots with fuel economy of .5NM/Gallon. Only lightly outfitted, “express-style” yachts can claim this sort of economy at these speeds. The Island Pilot 535, on the other hand, is a fully-found, completely outfitted, cruising yacht. She handles more like a luxury sport sedan than the family station wagon.

Top speed is 30 knots.



The Island Pilot 535 creates a whole new way of using space in this size cruising yacht.

IP535_01_Deckhouse_Aft1. Versatile, roomy Deck House/Lower Helm: The main day-time interior space has, as standard, an 11’ x 6’ U-shaped settee, a pair of occasional chairs, a pair of high-low cocktail/dining tables with ottomans and a retractable 46” LED HDTV with Bose home theater. Should you desire a different furniture arrangement, the Island Pilot design team is more than willing to accommodate your ideas and wishes. Forward, is a pair of custom helm chairs at the lower station. Navigation is facilitated with two Garmin 15” touchscreen GPSMAP displays. Docking is eased with the Volvo “Joystick” docking station just inside the side door.

IP535_01_GalleyDinette2. Half a flight down, under the expanse of glass, is the “J-shaped” galley overlooking the dinette a few more steps down. With forward facing opening hatches at eye-level, a good view plus great ventilation is assured for the cook (check them out in the image at the top of the page). The galley is fitted with a GE Advantium under-counter oven (microwave, speed-cook & “normal” oven), a radiant cooktop and Island Pilot’s signature hi-tech multi-drawer refrigerator freezer.

At the dinette level, is an LED TV with its own DirecTV receiver plus a pantry with pull-out bins and shelves for all your supplies and cook ware. The table lowers to make a berth for the occasional extra guest. There is plenty of light from the “atrium” effect of the windscreen overhead. Aft is the laundry and entry into the full-width master stateroom. Plenty of storage is both under-counter and in the sizable pantry opposite the dinette. (converts to a berth for overflow guests).

IP535_01_VIP_Fwd3. Just forward of the “Great Room” is the half-head to starboard (or can be fitted as add’l storage should you desire), and then, the VIP guest. With full-height hanging lockers, an island queen and good-sized head and shower, this stateroom is more like a master cabin.

4. Just aft of the “Great Room,” a few steps down, is the laundry with stackable, front-loading washer and dryer. And then it’s the master.

iP535_01_MasterBerth5. This master is unlike any other found in a motor yacht under 60’. A “real” island queen bracketed by a pair of end tables. Opposite the bed is a pair of dressers with a love-seat between. The 32” LED HDTV is centered above the love-seat in its own recess. Aft are two four-foot long hanging lockers with cupboards above plus a 36” desk/dressing table on centerline between.  The head is forward and has a twin vanity in addition to the sunken, rain-shower.

Exterior Spaces


The Island Pilot 535 exterior spaces match those found on the interior for creates a whole new way of using space in this size cruising yacht.

IP535_01_AftCockpit011. Boarding into her aft cockpit, you feel like you’re on a much larger yacht. Taking advantage of her 16-1/2’ beam, this covered space is 13’ long, finished aft with a 9’ x 4’ U-shaped settee with inset table. Forward are consoles for the ice maker and grill plus another settee and the access door to the engine room. To port is a “Joystick” docking station - perfect location for port-side or back-in docking situations. It’s only a couple of steps down to the swim platform. Stairs lead up to the bridge.

IP535_01_Bridge012. The bridge has been designed to accommodate the cruising life-style of today’s boating couples. An over-sized, U-shaped settee and table are just to port at the top of the stairs. The forward aft-facing section has a moveable backrest to allow for forward-facing seating while underway. To starboard is a console with wet bar and refrigerator. Forward is the centerline helm. The pair of Garmin GPSMAP 15” touchscreens are repeated along with another “Joystick” docking station (3 total). Standard seating includes 3 single helm chairs. (Optional seating could include a pair of singles outboard and a 45” double centered or a pair of 36” doubles outboard and a single on centerline.)

IP535_01_Amanzi3. The boat deck aft is fitted with a 11’ 5” Mercury Marine Amanzi 350 RIB, 40 HP and full-function crane for off-loading. Should you desire a different dink, we can easily make arrangements to meet your needs.

IP535_01_SideDeck4. Wide side decks lead forward. There’s a pair of side doors from the deckhouse to the deck. Forward is plenty of room for line and anchor handling plus sunbathing on the fore cabin.




The Island Pilot Team prides itself on the unique way they outfit their cruising yachts. The goal is to make virtually everything an experienced cruising couple would put on their “wish list” for a fully found cruising yacht.

IP535_01_LowerHelmA quick look at the specifications shows the results of this approach. All the basics are covered (generator, air conditioning, ground tackle) along with some not-so basic (washer/dryer, inverter, AGM batteries) with some over-the-top luxuries (4 total 15” Garmin touch screens, 3 total Volvo “Joystick” docking stations, Volvo Dynamic Positioning System (which allows you to push a button and the IP535 will hold position and heading indefinately), 4 total LED HDTVs with HD receivers and KVH HD7 DirecTV satellite dish, Amanzi sport RIB, davit and outboard motor).

IP535_01_SeakeeperThe IP535 is the only yacht in her class that has a Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer as standard equipment. The Seakeeper flattens the seas, both underway and at anchor. This confirms that the IP535 is the perfect cruising yacht to make comfortable, safe passages to the Caribbean at displacement speeds. Once there, she can “Island Hop” at any of her available speeds, getting quickly from one anchorage to another.

By choosing only the latest in technology and the best available, each Island Pilot 535 is delivered to the owner ready to cruise. Just add your clothes and groceries, maybe some wine, and head out to your favorite cruising ground.

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