Sandpiper 565


L.O.A.: 18' 6" (5.65 m)
L.W.L.: 15' 0" (5.57 m)
Beam: 7' 1" (2.16 m)
Draft: 10" to 2' 10" (.85 m)

Displacement: 1200 lbs. (544 kg.)
Ballast: 300 lbs.
Sail area: 167 sq. ft. (15.52 m²)

Motor: outboard.
Headroom: sitting
Berths: 2 to 4
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 300

Price range: $4,500 to $5,500
                         (with trailer)

    The Sandpiper is 18.5 feet long (5.65 metres), but feels more like a keelboat than an enlarged dinghy. It has a relatively high freeboard and deep cockpit. You can walk around the deck of this boat, and it has a forward hatch and even a small anchor locker. The Sandpiper is trailerable and its keel (ballasted daggerboard) retracts completely into the hull, a feature which makes this boat very easy to beach.

    The Sandpiper's cabin has some real lounging space and plenty of room to sleep two adults, and possibility one or two young children. (The advertising literature claims that this boat can sleep 4 adults, which, strictly speaking, is true). This boat does have a fairly small cockpit, and with a total weight of 1200 pounds, it is starting to be a heavy load to pull behind a family car. People interested in the Sandpiper 565 may also want to look at the Edel 540 or the Wegu 18.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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