L.O.A.: 17' 9" (5.40 m)
L.W.L.: 14' 9" (4.50 m)
Beam: 8' 0" (2.44 m)
Draft: 2' 4" (0.70 m)
Displacement: 1213 lbs. (550 kg.)
Ballast: 331 lbs. (150 kg.)
Sail area: 161 sq. ft. (15.0 m²)
Vertical clearance: 26'1" (7.95m)
Headroom: 4' 5" (1.35m)
Berths: 2 to 4
Price range: $4,500 to $5,500
The Edel line of sailboats was designed and produced in France, and they were also built under licence in Canada. The 540 tends to compete with the Sandpiper 565, and it is a step up from those small sailboats that come with a minimalist cuddy cabin. In fact, they claim that the Edel 540's cabin has room to sleep 4 people, but this is probably more of an indication that there is sufficient room to sleep two adults in reasonable comfort. For its size, this 18 footer has a very wide beam (8 feet, or 2.44m). While the Edel 540 has a fix keel with 331 pounds of ballast, the wide beam provides for a lot of stability. It's nice looking boat and it tends to appeal to people who want a pocket cruiser that truly looks like a little yacht.
Although the Edel 540 has a fixed keel, with draft of only 2' 4" (0.70 m) it is still fairly easy to tariler this boat.
by Michael McGoldrick.
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