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Feeling 1040

Brief details

Builder

Kirie Construction Nautiques, Les Sables d'Olonne, France

The Feeling 1040 is a fast and spacious modern cruiser - Feeling being one of the first builders to use light-coloured timbers and veneers in modern production cruisers. The Feeling 1040 was built with a choice of single or twin aft cabins, and shallow or deep fin keels. The standard keels were iron, but it appears some boats may also have been built with lead keels.

LOA

35' 2"

Sail area

722 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

29' 2"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

11' 10"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

5' 11" or 4' 7" shallow keel

Berths

6-7

Displacement

10,805 lbs

Engine

usually Volvo MD2002 or MD2003 diesel

Ballast

4,410 lbs

BHP

18 -27

Keel type

Iron fin keel with spade rudder

Feeling 1040

Auguste Kirie was building boats in France from 1912 onwards, originally as a wooden boatbuilder. The 'Feeling' range came about in the early 1980s when the company received an injection of funding from the USA, and started to build more boats for the export market. An early Feeling 1040 was sailed from France to New York single handed, surviving hurricane weather, and was then exhibited at the New York Boat Show and went on to be awarded the 1985 American 'Boat of the Year' award. 

The Feeling 1040 was designed by the Harle/Montain design office, and was built from around 1985 to 1989. In many ways the Feelings of this era were trend-setters, with a fast hull allied to a spacious and quite open interior, with light ash joinery - something most other builders did not introduce until many years later. The boat still looks modern today. These early Feeling yachts such as the 940, 1040, 1090 etc., were built to quite a high quality level, though later the company merged with Kelt Yachts, another French builder who specialised in lift keel yachts, and started to build a later range of lift-keel Feelings that were rather more 'built down to a price'.

Although there are far fewer Feelings around than the competing Beneteaus, Jeanneaus and Bavarias, the Feelings are instantly recognisable by the row of code flags spelling FEELING as a graphic on the boot-top stripe. In 2008 "Sailing Today" magazine tested the Feeling 1040 in Force 5-6 - actually sailing the precise boat illustrated here - and reported that to windward "....this is a quick boat" and "As soon as we eased the sheets the Feeling 1040 took off. Even with full sail up she remained easy to control and responsive". Their verdict was "...fast enough to satisfy the racer while simple and safe enough for a family".

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Feeling 1040 for sale - March 2013 photo
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The plan above shows the single aft cabin "owners" version as shown in these photos.

In the twin aft cabin "charter" version the heads is smaller and moves forward,
and there is a smaller aft-facing chart table at the end of the starboard settee

The shelf aft of the navigators seat contains a refrigerated icebox, with the compressor in the cupboard above, whilst in the galley (photos below) there is a larger but non-refrigerated icebox outboard of the sink, plus stowage bins in the worktop for utensils and stores. The twin aft cabin version loses the sapce taken up by the navigators seat and the icebox behind it.

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Engines were usually Volvo MD2002 or MD2003 - 18 or 27 hp.

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The Kirie boatyard launched the 'Feeling' series of production GRP yachts in 1980, and various Feeling models were still in production until around 2010, although the company had several changes of ownership, firstly becoming part of Kelt Yachts, and later being owned by Alliaura, builders of the Privilege catamaran range. Feeling were one of the few boat marques to offer drop keel options on most of their range. In 2012 Alliaura went into administration.

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