September 25 2016
The market of blue sailing cruisers is dominated by composite keel sailers, from shipyards such as Hallberg-Rassy, CNB, Wauquiez, Amel, Najad, and Moody. However, a dynamic segment consists in lifting keel cruisers, generally built in aluminium (Garcia, Alubat, Boreal Yachts, Allures, Normandy Yacht Services, Olbia, Meta, Futuna Yachts...). Composite lifting keel units are less frequent.
Two shipyards mainly market such sailboats, the Polish Delphia and the French Feeling, this last one through 2 ranges : the Original Line (Feeling 32, Feeling 39 and Feeling 44), and the Cruiser Line (Feeling 48, Feeling 48 and Feeling 55).
After the bankruptcy of the Alliaura Privilège shipyard in 2012 and its takeover by private investors, the priority of the new owners consisted, in the last years, in focusing the activity on the catamaran market through the Privilège make, the Feeling ranges being just steadily upgraded, to follow the market trends.
In that context, the launch of a totally new model, the Feeling 13.90, announced at spring, and forecat for the 2017 summer, is an event, and the commitment of a new start, the Feeling 1390 referring to its very well-known little brother, the famous Kirie Feeling 1090 constructed in the 80's...
Developed by the naval architect Marc Lombard, the Feeling 13.90 keeps the Feeling DNA, with its own style and design !
This model offers a 180° external view from the saloon, a centreboard housing located below floor level with an access for maintenance afloat, two small fins on the hull contributing to improve upwind performance and stability when drying out, and an heavy displacement hull with a rounded bow and an emerged forefoot for circumnavigations (or not !) in ultimate comfort.
As all the other Feeling sailboats, the Feeling 13.90 is lifting keel cruiser, which principle consists in pulling up the entire keel in the hull of the boat, thanks to an easy to use system and to the keel box where the keel goes in. The keel box is situated in the center of the boat under the table of the salon, under a seat or under the floor for the larger models, so totally invisible.
This solution represents a great advantage to go in and out harbours, without worrying about the tides, and to anchor everywhere, especially in areas inaccessible to classical keel sailboats.