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Boat Reviews By Owners

1986 -- 18' 6" CL SAILBOATS

Model: Sandpiper 565

Cockpit: 7' cockpit (8' beam), high coamings, and flexing tiller affords high level of comfort. Easily manages four adults. Visibility is unrestricted.

Cabin: Saloon has folding teak table, covering retractable 300lb. keel. Long settees on port & starboard. V-berth forward with covered potti. Brochure brags of sleeping four.

Construction: hand laid fiberglass, designed in England for Channel sailing. No osmosis or balsa issues.

Handling: Points well. Initially tender, but catches quickly and remains steady. Maneuvers like a dream in close quarters. Trailers easily behind a small car.

Engine Room: Small outboard does the trick on a stern bracket.

General Comments: Designed in England during the early 1970's for coastal sailing, and later manufactured in Canada for the North American market, the Sandpiper 565 is a high quality, seaworthy classic sailboat. In fact, all fittings exceed the usual specs for a sailboat of this size. The resultant durability and dependability means sailin' rich, in enjoyment as well as coin. A scant 5.65 meters in length, the Sandpiper is easily trailered and sailed by expert and novice alike. She may be little, but she sails BIG, accommodating four adults easily in both cockpit and saloon. Generous cockpit coamings, coupled with a broad beam, render the sailing ride dry and comfortable. A nifty 300lb. keel retracts into the hull, allowing the boat to float in water a mere 10 inches in depth. As a result, resting beachside is simple and easy. And these boats are safe, too. Positive flotation, appropriate sail-to-weight ratios, and a thick fiberglass hull, all serve to foster a relaxed sense of confidence while sailing. Said differently, ..."they just simply make good ol' sailin' boats". An extensive support network of enthusiasts is active on the Net. Participants are energetic, supportive and keen when it comes to providing technical advice, or just talking about Sandpiper sailing. How kewel is that?

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Date Submitted: 2007-10-27

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