|LOA inc. bowsprit||6.670m||21'10"|
|Draft, board up||0.400m||1'4"|
|Draft, board down||1.300 m||4'3"|
|Displacement on dwl||900kg||1,985 lbs|
|Trailer weight (approx)||700kg||1,545 lbs|
|Main area||11.337 sq m||122.03 sq ft|
|Jib area||5.710 sq m||61.46 sq ft|
|Staysail area||4.352 sq m||57.60 sq ft|
|100% FT area||8.679 sq m||93.42 sq ft|
|Headroom (doghouse)||1.820m||6'0"||Headroom (saloon)||1.465m||4'10"|
|Outboard (in well)||3-4.5 kw||4-6 hp|
|EU Category C - Inshore|
Here is a new slide show of one of the first Design 165's in build. Clicking on any of the images will also take you to the slide show.
Two versions of the boat will be available: a standard saloon version and a doghouse version giving full headroom in the galley, the toilet compartment, and the main saloon. Plans for both versions will be included in the design package.
The boat can be built on laminated frames or ply sandwich frames, with either a cold-moulded skin or a ply lapstrake skin; in both cases using wood epoxy techniques. Files for CNC-cut parts will also be available.
The accommodation has three full length berths: v-berths forward which can easily convert to a double with an infill, and a comfortable quarterberth aft. The port v-berth has a small settee unit aft of it to provide extra seating in the saloon. The galley is a good size, with a 2-burner-&-grill stove, sink, and good stowage. The WC compartment has a full-size marine toilet and a small washbasin, with locker space; astern of the toilet there is a good hanging locker. A wet locker is located astern of the the companionway. The fresh water tank, aft under the cockpit sole, holds about 70 litres.
The comfortable full-length cockpit is 600mm wide and 375mm deep with high coamings and deep seats. The outboard motor sits snugly in a well at the aft end. On the doghouse version, the cockpit coamings twist out to about 10º to give added comfort. And the doghouse roof overhangs the cockpit by 200mm (8") to give extra protection and a snug place to sit with your back to the main bulkhead.
The rig is a modern high-peaked gaff cutter or gaff sloop. Control lines, including single-line reefing on the main, can all be brought aft from the mast to the cockpit on both versions. A gaff yawl, with a lugsail mizzen will also be available.
Building on a proven design this boat provides a very robust small cruising boat with an excellent accommodation, good sea-keeping qualities and performance under sail and power. She is easily trailed, and launched and rigged; and easily recovered. The doghouse version in particular makes a perfect small live-aboard cruiser as well as a delightful sailboat for weekends and holidays.
The detailed and accurate plans together with true step-by-step building instructions lead you through the building process simply and easily. Nothing is missed out. The plans are fully dimensioned. No scaling or lofting is required. You can trust the plans and instructions to be professional, practical, clear and detailed – just follow them and you will be successful. No other information is needed. Professional technical support throughout the build, is available by email, via the forum or by regular mail. More plan info …
As of October 2015, seven of these boats are in build around the world and the plans are now well advanced, keeping pace with the builders. Further plans are being issued regularly. The CNC cutting files are also all available (for the doghouse version) and one of these has been cut as a kit.
Click here to look at the free study plans, sample instructions and specification for this design, plus a full list of the plans and instructions that are currently available.
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