Small swingkeeler from a Down East designer

21' 3" 22' 3" 18' 9" 1' 8"/5' 0" 28' 8"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 26%

Hank Hinckley

Spirit Yachts and others

1977-1982

portable portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

21' 3" 22' 3" 18' 9" 1' 8"/5' 0" 28' 8"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 26%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Hank Hinckley

Spirit Yachts and others

1977-1982

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,000 lbs.

Generally speaking, Hank Hinckley, of the Southwest Harbor, Maine, Hinckleys of boatbuilding fame, did a good job designing the Spirit 6.5. The ads for her say that she has "probably the best designed, most spacious, most clearly thought-out interior on any sailboat her size." Indeed, her Space Index is higher than most of her comps by around 10%. But her headroom (poptop down) isn't as good as the Aquarius (though it's 6' 2" with the poptop raised), and her draft is not as ramp-friendly as some of her comps (because

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Hunter 20

19' 8"

7' 6"

1' 3"

1,700

400

Sovereign 20

20' 0"

7' 2"

2' 0"

1,700

600

Hunter 212 (21)

21' 0"

8' 2"

0' 10"

1,800

135

Aquarius 21

21' 0"

7' 10"

1' 0"

1,900

665

Spirit 6.5 (21)

21' 3"

7' 10"

1' 8"

2,100

550

her weighted swing keel is positioned lower in the hull to keep the cabin free of a trunk). Best features: For the same reason that her ramp draft is deeper than some of her comps, her cabin has more leg room, since there is no above-the-sole trunk housing the swing keel. And as mentioned above, her Space Index is the highest in her group. Worst features: The freeboard, which adds to her space below, is noticeably higher than her comps, giving her a boxy look.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

19.6

204

276

5.3

10.5

258

5

4' 2"

21.2

154

NA

5.5

11.6

237

4

4' 2"

23.0

138

216

5.7

8.7

329

4

4' 4"

18.9

140

273

5.7

9.9

300

4

4' 6"

19.1

142

261

5.8

10.7

334

4 to 5

4' 4"

Triangle 20 (21)

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