The design details for
the Precision 165 were developed at the same time that
we were making our design contributions to the America^3
"Women's Team" America's Cup effort. In some
ways the contrast between a 16 ft. trailersailer and
"Mighty Mary" could hardly be more stark,
but at the heart of both efforts is an equal passion
for careful design, good boats, and fun sailing.
The Precision 165 is intended to provide the most performance
and fun possible within her builder's mandate for a
low trailer weight and an especially reasonable price.
This cannot be done with smoke and mirrors, so it must
be done by focusing exceptionally hard on developing
her most vital "fun features" while trimming
away anything not truly essential. Towards this end,
her cockpit is drawn large and deep for comfort and
security, but her freeboard is kept low for reduced
weight and cost. Her interior features comfortable berth
space for two, a portable but cleverly concealed head,
an ice chest and dry storage, but she makes no specious
claim to have "full standing headroom." Her
computer-modeled keel has an "end-plate effect"
lead bulb for stability and efficiency to windward and
shoal draft for easy trailering and launching. Her rig
carries plenty of sail area for sprightly performance,
but a simple three-stay rig for low weight, low cost
and easy assembly.
The full form of the Precision 165 features a contemporary
stem profile that gives her both an especially long
effective sailing length for high "top end"
speed, and a very narrow entry angle for low added resistance
in waves, but she shares the careful balance and dynamic
stability that have earned the 15, 18, 21, 23 and 28
their well-earned reputations as sailing thoroughbreds.
This office has produced a wide variety of designs,
most much larger than the Precision 165. however, like
all of our designs for Precision Boat Works, this latest
effort is not less significant to us only less big.
They have built all of our Precision designs with meticulous
care, and we are proud of each and every one of them.
We are confident that the new Precision 165 will quickly
earn an equally enthusiastic following among yet another
large and loyal group of new Precision owners.