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Islander / Tradewind Yachts
1961-1986

Islander Yachts was an early offshoot of Columbia Yachts. It began (in the mid 1950's) with boat builder Joseph McGlasson, who designed, built and successfully marketed a 24 foot wooden sailboat, the Islander (Catalina Islander??), in Costa Mesa, California. By 1961, McGlasson had been building a fiberglass version that was so popular that he couldn't build them fast enough and approached a company called Glas Laminates for help.
Previously, Glas Laminates had been a manufacturer of shower stalls and portable toilets.
The ISLANDER 24, the first model from Glas Laminates, also sold faster that it could be manufactured. (It has been said that the mold carried the seams between the planks on the wooden boat that remained visible on the fiberglass hull that became a signature feature of the Islanders of this period.)
Glas Laminates changed its name to Columbia Sailboats and introduced the Sparkman & Stephens-designed COLUMBIA 29.
McGlasson Boat Co. added the McGlasson designed Islander 32 to it's line. It is thought that some of the earlier Columbias such as the 24, Challenger 24, CONTENDER 24 had origins very close to McGlassons own ISLANDER 24, and some later models have equally suspicious similarities.
By 1963, the McGlasson Boat Co. became part of Wayfarer Yacht Corporation, with McGlasson still the principal owner and designer.
But in the same year, Wayfarer went bankrupt and was purchased by Ralph Brown and Ben Kanter.
By 1965 the company started to use the name Islander Yachts, with a new logo.
Joe McGlasson went on to build his own boats elsewhere.(See designer record for Joseph McGlasson and builder record for Cape Foulweather Boat Co.)
In 1968 Wayfarer sold Islander Yachts to Cosmodyne Inc., and Islander Yachts Inc. became a subsidiary. In 1971, Cosmodyne sold Islander Yachts to yet another conglomerate, Radlon Inc.. A new subsidiary was created called Yachtcraft which sold kit versions of what were often discontinued Islander models.
A few years later, Tradewinds Marine, also of Costa Mesa, bought the molds for the ISLANDER 55 although only a small number were actually produced. Nordic Yachts and the Mariner Yacht Company are two more companies that fit into the picture either as producers of Islanders or of boats using Islander molds. (The ISLANDER 34 molds were used to build the NORDIC 34, while the ISLANDER 48 became the East Coast-built MARINER 47.)
A company called Iona bought the molds for the ISLANDER 32 MkII, the ISLANDER 24, and the EXCALIBUR 26.
The result of this shuffling of assets between companies, there are many different Islander versions of any particular model that could have come from any number of listed builders.
In 1984 the production of boats was moved to Costa Rica, but the company went bankrupt in 1986. During the process of liquidation, Newport Offshore Yachts bought some of the original molds, including those for the ISLANDER 36, one of the most popular models. It is said the the files and drawings went to Fuqua Industries, Inc., which became Actava Group, Inc., which was merged into Metromedia International Group, Inc....etc.

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
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ISLANDER 24 24.00' / 7.32m 1961
ISLANDER 32 32.50' / 9.91m 1963
ISLANDER 34 33.58' / 10.24m 1964
ISLANDER 33 32.58' / 9.93m 1964
ISLANDER BAHAMA 24 24.00' / 7.32m 1964
ISLANDER 21 20.82' / 6.35m 1965
ISLANDER 37 36.50' / 11.13m 1966
YACHTCRAFT 37 37.00' / 11.28m 1966
ISLANDER 44 43.83' / 13.36m 1966
EXCALIBUR 26 25.92' / 7.90m 1967
ISLANDER 29 29.08' / 8.86m 1968
ISLANDER 55 54.67' / 16.66m 1968
ISLANDER 30 29.58' / 9.02m 1968
ISLANDER 27 26.58' / 8.10m 1969
ISLANDER 23 (CREALOCK) 22.92' / 6.99m 1969
ISLANDER 30-2 30.00' / 9.14m 1970
ISLANDER 36 36.08' / 11.00m 1971
ISLANDER 41 (GURNEY) 41.17' / 12.55m 1972
ISLANDER 40 MS 44.00' / 13.41m 1972
ISLANDER BAHAMA 30 29.92' / 9.12m 1973
ISLANDER FREEPORT 41 45.17' / 13.77m 1974
ISLANDER 37 MS 36.50' / 11.13m 1974
ISLANDER 28 27.92' / 8.51m 1975
ISLANDER BAHAMA 26 26.00' / 7.92m 1976
ISLANDER 26 25.83' / 7.87m 1976
ISLANDER 32-2 31.96' / 9.74m 1976
ISLANDER FREEPORT 36 35.75' / 10.90m 1976
YACHTCRAFT 32 31.92' / 9.73m 1976
ISLANDER 32-3 31.96' / 9.74m 1977
ISLANDER P40 39.50' / 12.04m 1979
ISLANDER BAHAMA 28 27.92' / 8.51m 1981
ISLANDER 48C 47.50' / 14.48m 1982
ISLANDER FREEPORT 38 38.00' / 11.58m 1983
ISLANDER 38 C 38.00' / 11.58m 1983
ISLANDER 34-2 34.33' / 10.46m 1983
ISLANDER 27-2 27.25' / 8.31m 1987
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