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Feeling 1040



\Feeling 1040 for sale




35' 2"


11' 10"


5' 11"

Keel type

Fin keel


Beta diesel



This Feeling 1040 is a fast and spacious cruiser that has been well looked after and updated - although a 1986 boat she looks much newer, with a spacious and light modern interior layout. This yacht has quite recently had the original 18 hp Volvo engine replaced with a 30 hp Beta.

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'.

In 2008 "Sailing Today" magazine tested the Feeling 1040 in Force 5-6 - actually sailing the precise boat for sale now - 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 " enough to satisfy the racer while simple and safe enough for a family".


Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta 30 3-cylinder 1123cc diesel, freshwater cooled, installed 2014 and run approx 320 hours to date

Fuel tank capacity

120 litres


Two bladed folding prop on shaft drive


2 x 85AH services batteries and separate engine start battery

Battery charging /electrics

Engine alternator and Sterling shorepower charger

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Z-Spars alloy twin-spreader mast and boom, with mast-stowed spinnaker pole. Standing rigging renewed May 2006, except forestay new 2017/18


Kemp Performance Cruiser mainsail, slab reefing with lazyjacks and sail cover


Sanders Sails cruising laminate genoa, new 2017, with cover.

Genoa furling



Parker & Kay asymmetric spinnaker

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 43 two-speed self-tailing

Secondary/ halliard winches

2 x Barbarossa 30 winches on coachroof for spinnaker, reefing and halliards, plus one Barbarossa winch on mast

Bower anchor

Delta 16 Kg with 30 metres 8mm chain and 20 metres warp

Anchor windlass

Goiot 308 manual windlass




Raymarine Evolution 100 autopilot with Raymarine ST4000 Mk II wheel drive

Steering compass

Plastimo on binnacle

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 8 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, cockpit table, sail covers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Standard Horizon CP180 5" colour plotter at helm with UK/Europe charting


NASA Clipper

Depth sounder

NASA Clipper

Windspeed /direction

NASA Clipper

VHF radio

Silva S15 with DSC and Navtex receiver

Radio receiver

Goodmans radio/CD

Safety/emergency equipment


4-man canister type, approx 6 years old, now due for service


Ocean Signal


2 x horseshoe

MOB equipment


Radar reflector

Folding octahedral

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps

Fire extinguishers

3 x dry powder


Cabin layout

Forecabin with 6' 8" long by 5'6" aft vee-berth, saloon with two settees of which the port side pulls out to create a small double berth if need, and aft cabin with 6' 4" long by 5' 9" at widest double berth, saloon headroom 6' 3" between chart table and galley, lower forward.

Cabin heating

Mikuni MY30 3-outlet blown hot air diesel heating, installed 2008



Water tank capacity

2 x 120 litre tanks, plus 30 litres in calorifier. Hot and cold pressurised water


Plastimo two-burner, grill and oven


Refrigerated coolbox aft of chart table, also non-refrigerated coolbox in galley area



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