Feeling 720

A good choice for exploring the shallow swatchways of the East Coast, this

is a lively little sloop from 1982, with a reasonable turn of speed and docile

handling in most weather. She has a ballasted centreboard, which inevitably

impinges on cabin space but gives better performance to windward than

most comparable bilge-keelers. The accommodation layout is one of her

strong suits, and includes a decent galley for a small boat, including a two-

burner gas cooker and built-in icebox, and a separate heads compartment

opposite. She manages berths for fi ve crew at a pinch – two in the forepeak,

two single settee berths in the saloon and a quarterberth – but is most

comfortably cruised two-up, with ample space on deck and down below

for a couple of kids. Most 720s have a petrol outboard engine rather than an

inboard diesel.

LOA 7.3m (24ft) LWL 6.1m (20ft) Beam 2.65m (8ft 7in) Draught 0.69m to 1.29m

(2ft 3in to 4ft 3in) Displacement 1,800kg (3,968lb)