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65' Center Cockpit Cruising Ketch


LOA       65.17 ft
LWL      53.08 ft
Beam Max   17.29 ft
Draft - CB up   5.92 ft
Draft - CB down   12.17 ft
Displacement   72,000 lbs
Ballast   32,000 lbs
Total Sail Area   1,916 sq ft
Main Engine 135 hp Lehman Super
Fuel       365 gallons
Water    420 gallons

Comments from Sail Magazine:

"Empacher's passion is for quality, consistency, and common sense. In Ramona V (Empacher 64) it shows the hull and deck are fair, solid, and stiff. But the matched teak bulkhead panels, the overhead beams and battens, the custom tables and cabinets, the nicely turned fiddles, the teak deck, and the quality of finish from stem to stern - there aren't many yards on either side of the ocean that could produce such a nice result."

"Following a formula refined from the one he helped hammer out during his years of work in the Hood design office, Empacher began with a hull big enough, in all directions, to provide four large staterooms and the "more, more, more" to go with them. That dictated generous displacement. To make a heavy boat quick, Empacher pared ruthlessly at parasitic drag, powered on a 1,916-square-foot sail-plan, and stipulated 16 tons of ballast to balance it. An efficient keel-centerboard and a "go-anywhere" skeg-hung rudder complete the performance picture."

"Working areas (like the lazaret, cockpit, walkways, mast area, foredeck, and forepeak) are all exceptionally big. So, too, are the staterooms. The saloon strikes a pleasing balance between intimacy and space. The 12-foot galley counter is well organized as well as huge, the engine room is accommodating, the four heads lack little in the way of elbowroom, and the nav station is generous without hogging space. Among big 65-footers, Ramona V stands colossal."

"Some of her exceptional quotient of space is given over to machinery, including her 135 horsepower Lehman diesel auxiliary, a Westerbeke 15 kilowatt generator, a reverse-osmosis watermaker, refrigeration, and air-conditioning. From (the owner's) dreams, designer and builder have wrung a winning reality."

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