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.

Jim Taylor


LOA -16′ 5″
LWL — 15′ 3″
BEAM — 7′ 2″
DRAFT — 1′ 9″
Displacement — 750 lbs.
Ballast — 250 lbs
Sail area — 159 sq. ft.
Berths — 2
Mast height above DWL — 25′ 4″
Designer: — Jim Taylor

Standard Equipment

Hull & Deck

  • Hand laminated fiberglass construction
  • ISO/NPG Gelcoat Finish
  • Vinylester Resin Skin Coat
  • Bonded & through bolted hull/deck joint
  • Lead ballast
  • Opening forward hatch
  • Fiberglass companionway hatch
  • 4 six inch cleats
  • SS bow rail
  • Boarding ladder
  • SS Bow eye2 opening ports


  • 6′ 2″self bailing cockpit
  • Ventilated fuel tank locker
  • Kick-up rudder


  • Structural grid interior liner
  • Fabric covered cushions
  • 2 6′ 8″ berths
  • Backrest cushions w/shelves
  • Head storage areaElectrical
  • 12 V electrical system
  • Fused switch panel
  • Interior and navigation lights
  • Battery box

Spars, & Rigging

  • Anodized mast and boom
  • Hinged mast step
  • Dacron running rigging
  • Swaged SS standing rigging
  • 4:1 harken mainsheet system
  • Harken boom vang
  • Topping lift


  • 110% jib
  • Jiffy reefing main sail

Price of Boat and Accessories

Base Price With Standard Equipment$15,985.00
Roller Furling Jib With Furling Gear in lieu of Std.$1,060.00
Fiberglass Rudder Blade in lieu of WoodStandard
Boom VangStandard
Main Sail Cover – Dark Blue Sunbrella$242.00
Jib Sock W/RF OptionN/A
Tiller Cover$40.00
Cockpit Cushions (P&S) Vinyl Covered Foam$455.00
Thetford Porta Potti (uninstalled)Dealer supplied
Portable Ice ChestStandard
Outboard Motor BracketStandard
Transom Mount Mast CarrierN/A
Galvanized Trailer Single Axle$1,860.00
Bunker Load Fee, Boat Shipped w/o Trailer$185.00

Detail Specifications

Handicap Rating
Portsmouth101.1 DPN
Sail Plan
I (Jib Height)18.25 ft.
J (Jib Width)5.40 ft.
E (Mainsail Width)8.40 ft.
P (Mainsail Height)18.40 ft.
Foot10.8 ft.
Luff18.40 ft.
Pole5.40 ft.
Sail Area (approximate)
Total159 sq. ft.
Main101 sq. ft.
Jib58 sq. ft.
Spin129 sq. ft.
Battens 5/8 in stock
2 @24 in.
1 @45 in.
Cockpit Length
at Seat Height84 in.
Cabin Headroom
41.5 in.
Berth Length
Quarter Berth, Stbd83 in.
Quarter Berth, Port83 in.
Thetford Porta PottiDealer Supplied
Battery Box
Battery Box std w/o battery
Ice Chest
IGLOO36 qt.
Running RiggingDIA – Length
Main Halyard5/16 in. – 42 ft.
Jib Halyard5/16 in. – 33 ft.
Main Sheet5/16 in. – 52 ft.
Jib Sheet1/4 in. – 26 ft..
Downhaul3/16 in. – 3 ft..
Out Haul3/16 in. – 5 ft..
Boom Vang1/4 in. – 20 in.
Standing Rigging*NOTE-Turnbuckle 2/3 open
Forestay1/8 in. 1 X 19  19 ft. 5 1/8 in.*
Shrouds1/8 in. 1 X 19  18 ft. 15/16 in.**
** Note: Eye-to-eye
Mast22 ft.
Boom9 ft.
Spreaders22 1/4 in.
Spinnaker Pole6 ft.
Weight450 lbs.
Coupling Size2 in.
Wheel/Tire Size7:70 X 8 – 4 Lug
Load RangeC
Shipping Dimensions
Boat onlyBoat W/CradleBoat W/Trailer
 Height71 in.78 in.77 in.*
Width86 in.86 in.86 in.
Length213 in.213 in.256 in.
Volume752.7 c ft.826.9 c ft.981.0 c ft.
Weight750 lbs.1000 lbs.1100 lbs.
  *NOTE: W/ trailer winch stand removed

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