Essex Boat Works, LLC

2003 Island Packet 485

  • 52 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Portsmouth, RI, US

Yacht price :

Sale Pending
  • RHIANNON on her way to Block Island
  • Custom cockpit cushions
  • Main saloon
  • main saloon port
  • main saloon starboard
  • galley looking aft
  • sink island
  • owner's stateroom aft port
  • owner's stateroom aft, starboard
  • owner's ensuite head


This truly is a rare example of the much sought-after Island Packet 485.  "RHIANNON" is a very lightly used, one owner boat that has been sailed exclusively in New England Waters over the past 16 years.  In fact, the engine has less than 650 hours!  Nicely equipped and updated, "RHIANNON" sports a new electronics package (digital radar, autopilot, AIS, and two new MDF's in cockpit and nav were all new in 2016), and a new (2015) Fischer Panda 8kW genset with just five hours! The owners are planning on new bottom paint and a new set of running rigging in April 2019, as soon as weather permits.  More pictures as soon as weather allows.


Like all IP485's, "RHIANNON" has a tremendous amount of living space and enough storage to hold just about everything needed for a circumnavigation.  The thoughtfully laid out interior is bright, spacious and secure. Her functional deck plan, cutter rig, and cockpit configuration make her the perfect boat for shorthanded or single-handed sailing.  Features such as a broad anchor platform and the spacious stern boarding platform, with dual boarding steps, help to enhance this yacht's appeal.

The large aft deck is perfect for sunbathing: set up a folding table and you have an impromptu dining area, as well as enough space to accommodate a 10' dinghy.  The heavy work of placing the dingy on deck is done with the use of the "Extendo-Boom" option.  With the push of a button, your dingy is out of the water and swung on deck.  Storage bins on either side of the aft deck hold LPG bottles and miscellaneous gear.  The side decks are uncluttered with raised bulwarks forward, and cabin top handrails provide for security on deck.

Below decks, you'll be immediately impressed by the panoramic view of the open main salon, which flows to a galley that can only be described as a chef's dream.  Spacious forward and aft cabins with private heads, high-end wood joinery, a multi-use third cabin with an office desk, swing-out stool and bunk conversion option, plus a navigation center worthy of the Starship Enterprise are some of the many features that set this Island Packet 485 apart from the competition. 

"RHIANNON" is well equipped, mechanically well maintained, and ready to continue delivering cruising memories to a couple or family ready to expand their horizons.


Basic Information

Island Packet
Portsmouth, RI, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Bob Johnson
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Dimensions & Weight

52 ft - 15.85 meter
52 ft 2 in - 15.9 meter
15 ft 4 in - 4.67 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 3 in - 1.6 meter
Bridge Clearance:
63 ft - 19.2 meter
Dry Weight:
44150 lbs


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Fuel Type:
100 (Individual), 100 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
300 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
300 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
60 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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This yacht is equipped with all of the available factory exterior options including bow thruster, electric Harken winch package, Extendo-boom (for lifting a dingy out of the water and onto the aft deck), polished SS Dorade vents, and rubrail.  The custom bimini and dodger have full enclosure panels and the cockpit cushions have open cell backrests for comfort at anchor.  Custom SS handrails on the transom aid in boarding from a dinghy.

All sail control lines run to the cockpit for ease of handling, with the knot, wind and depth instruments mounted above the companionway and the radar/ chart plotter mounted at the helm.   

When entering the bright airy Salon your first impression is how spacious this area is. The combination of the light colored cushions, plenty of natural light and the ability to stow the dinette table against the fwd bulkhead help to make the salon feel open and spacious. With the dinette table down and fully-extended you can comfortably entertain a large group.  Two smaller "wine and cheese" tables sit on posts on either side of the saloon which can be easily removed when not needed.  If extra bunks are needed to accommodate additional overnight guests, the port settee pulls out and converts to a double berth. The custom saloon cushions are covered with Ultra-Suede and the cabin soles are teak and holly veneer, providing a striking contrast.  Peek-a-Boo shades are on all ports throughout yacht and custom curtains cover the larger windows.  A central vacuum system reaches the entire boat for easy clean-up and a Bose speaker system provides entertainment.  A total air conditioning package of three units provides 46,000BTU's of cooling or reverse-cycle heat to the yacht.

The Navigation Station is aft of the salon on the port side.  It features a high-back swivel seat and a desk with storage tray. The nav station houses the AC/DC panel, electronics, and a wet hanging locker. A 9" Raymarine MDF dominates the panels alongside the SSB, VHF and Sirius weather

The large Galley is located on the starboard side between the companionway and the aft cabin. Whether you are doing long distance cruising or entertaining at the docks, the galley does it all.  The galley is equipped with two (2) refrigerator/freezers, each with separate compressors and controls, enabling the owner to make either box a refrigerator or freezer. There is also a separate pull-out refrigerated drink drawer with dedicated controls. The three-burner Force 10 LPG stove w/oven and broiler has sealed burners for easy cleaning, as well as a retracting door to prevent tipping when gimballed. On the inboard island is plenty of open counter space. To finish this area there is a deep double bowl sink, fresh water hand pump, microwave oven and a storage cabinet for additional items. The Corian countertops are beautifully finished with a one-piece integrated fiddle to aid in cleaning and keeping a neat and orderly galley when underway. The cabin sole is made of a molded nonskid for easy maintenance and a sure-footed feel. 

Moving aft you enter the Owner's Stateroom. The focal point of this cabin is a queen-sized island berth with a HMI SS Spring marine mattress. Again this is a very bright and airy cabin with lots of headroom. There are (6) opening ports and a large overhead hatch to provide both natural ventilation and light. On the starboard side is a built-in chair flanked by large cedar-lined hanging lockers and shelved storage. There is a large pull-out drawer beneath the berth and the bottom of the berth opens up, with the assistance of gas struts, to provide access a large blanket storage area. Access to the large aft deck locker is also provided through a gasketed door on the aft bulkhead.

The Owner's Head is located on the port side.  It features a VacuFlush toilet, molded shower stall, with a seat and folding acrylic door, a vanity with a one-piece molded countertop, shelves, a mirror and plenty of ventilation.

The comfortable Forward Stateroom offers a double island berth, lockers, shelves to port and starboard, excellent ventilation and direct access to the Guest Head. The base of the berth lifts up for storage and there are two pull-out drawers. Excellent ventilation and natural light make the forward stateroom a comfortable space to spend time.

The Guest Head is accessible from both the forward stateroom and the Saloon. The countertop is a one-piece acrylic with molded-in fiddles and a stainless steel sink. The head has a freshwater VacuFlush unit with a dedicated water tank. The large shower stall has a bi-fold acrylic door and a teak seat. 

The Third Cabin is the most functional space on the boat. It has a large countertop and plenty of cabinets and drawers for spares and supplies. There is even space for a washer/dryer combo here.  A factory-supplied conversion kit allows this area to be made into a third double bunk when needed.  

Deck, Rigging and Sails
  • Cutter rig with Quantum Sails' furling mainsail, staysail, and 110% Yankee (all sails original, but lightly used and due to be replaced in 2020)
  • Quantum Code Zero on a Facnor furling drum; pad eye on foredeck for quick mount; easily stores in anchor locker
  • Bottom paint (new May 2019)
  • Hoyt self-tacking boom for staysail
  • Staysail sheet led to cockpit through stoppers to Harken 48E electric winch
  • Harken head-sail electric furling unit on Yankee sail
  • Harken furling unit on staysail with furling line led to cockpit cleats
  • Two (2) electric primary winches (Harken 62-2, 2-speed) 
  • Electric mainsheet winch (Harken 48E)
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Custom cockpit canvas dodger/bimini with enclosure panels and aft sunshades
  • Two sets of cockpit cushions; standard factory ivory Textalene over 2" closed cell foam for sailing and custom striped plush cushions for entertaining
  • Swim ladder
  • Lighthouse stainless steel windlass with 55# Delta anchor and 250' of 5/16" hI-test chain
  • Factory Extendo-boom option for lifting the dinghy
  • Hot and cold stern shower
  • Safety gear, including Life Sling, life jackets, bell, etc.
  • Larikas Bosun's chairs: use aloft or at deck level for a great seat at anchor
  • Winslow 6-Person Liferaft
  • Custom winter cover drapes deck and topsides

Electronics, Electrical and Mechanical


  • ICOM M-602 DSC VHF with remote command mic at pedestal; external speaker, loud hailer, fog horn
  • ICOM M 802B SSB with ICOM auto-tune antenna tuner
  • Raymarine Digital RD424HD radar (new 2016) on gimbal mount
  • Raymarine c95 MFD w/GPS antenna (new 2016)
  • Raymarine c125 MFD (new 2016)
  • Raymarine AIS 500 Class B transceiver (new 2016)
  • Raymarine Sirius Weather SR100
  • Raymarine Evolution EV-400 autopilot with EV course indicator (new 2016)
  • Simrad knot, depth and wind instruments in pod above companionway with multi-function display at nav station



  • 50AMP and 30AMP shore power connectors
  • Fischer Panda 8kW (new 2015) with just under 5 hours at time of listing
  • All Batteries G-27 Lifeline AGM's:
  • Dedicated genset starting battery
  • Dedicated engine start battery 
  • Dedicated pair of batteries for the thruster/windlass
  • House bank (6) of batteries replaced 2011 
  • Heart 2500 watt inverter/charger hooked to house bank w/remote control/display panel
  • Charles Marine Isolation Transformer
  • Charles 60 amp battery charger output through isolators for other batteries


  • Yanmar 4JH3-HTBE 100HP diesel engine.  Less than 650 hours at time of listing
  • Max Prop feathering propellor
  • Side power 7HP bow thruster updated with new prop technology
  • Max-Prop 3-blade feathering prop
  • Python drive on engine shaft

Manufacturer Provided Description

The 485 provides enormous living space, enough storage to hold gear for a circumnavigation, enough sail to speed you comfortably to your destination and the convenience of managing it all from the cockpit. From the broad anchor platform to the spacious stern boarding area, the 485's deck abounds with features you will appreciate. 

The large aft deck is perfect for sunbathing, impromptu dining and is also large enough to accommodate up to a 10' dinghy, which can be easily hoisted aboard with a clever optional boom extension system. Storage bins on either side of the aft deck hold LPG bottles and miscellaneous gear. A larger central hatch opens to a ladder leading into a huge storage lazarette. Uncluttered side decks, a recessed foredeck and plentiful cabin top handrails provide security on deck. 

Below, you'll be immediately impressed by the panoramic view of the open main saloon, the spacious forward and aft cabins with private heads, the solid teak and oak soles throughout, the gourmet galley, a multi-use third stateroom and a navigation center that rivals those on much larger yachts. 

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 you might select 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 area is so impressive that SAIL Magazine's Best Boats judges 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 saloon 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 by 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. Whether cruising the oceans of the world or exploring coastal anchorages, the 485 has been designed and built to take you safely and comfortably to your destination.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. 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.

Essex Boat Works is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by FLORIDA.


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