THE SHIP

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After more than twenty years of career, the 416 keeps a surprising youth and remains a reference among the blue water cruisers because of its avant-garde concept and a serious construction.

It is a funny sailboat which is presented by Kirie yard in 1989. Large, very large. Bright, very bright! It must be admitted that the nautical industry is in the bottom of the wave and that it seeks new ideas from architects. Bénéteau – for example – has called on Philippe Stark for his 35S5 where the solutions of renewal go through a series of vertical portholes adopting the shape of roof and carpentry all roundness …

Light and design, this is the formula in vogue that the construction site Kirie applied since 1987 on his Feeling 1090, already very luminous with two zenith portholes. In 1989, a law of tax exemption (Pons) – which will put back all the nautical industry – dope the demand for units of 12 m. Each site offers his own. At Kirié, it will be 416.

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Advertisement Kirie in 91 – year of launch of Feeling 416 (photo) – with Eric Tabarly as technical adviser.

The 416 adopts a hull, very wide for its time, allowing the bridge to keep beautiful gangways, framing a discrete roof and short on the front, stopping before the foot of mast, but voluminous and protector at the cockpit. What is especially surprising is the front of the roof decked with huge zenith portholes. An originality that makes sense once inside: not only the browser installed at the large chart table keeps an eye on the road and sails, but the square lightly below is literally bathed in light. An impression accentuated by the light tones of the ash wood paneling and the white skai coverings. Designed by navigating architects, the Feeling 416 is praised for its facilities adapted to life at sea, with many handrails, for its powerful but balanced hull, for its clear deck plan and deck hardware gathered around the descent. Cherry on the cake: a very beautiful wheel bar in laminated wood-varnish.

Author: Damien Bidaine (previous owner)

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Builder / Model: Kirié / Feeling 416         Year: 1991

Designer: Philippe Harlé & Alain Mortain

Rig type: Masthead Sloop          Hull type: fin

LOA (length overall): 12,22 m          LWL (waterline length): 9,81 m

Beam: 4,20 m          Draft: 1,95 m          Displacement: 7,5 t          Ballast: 2,3 t

Main sail: 30,85 m2         Genoa: 53,30 m2         Spinnaker: 112 m2          Parasail: 120 m2

Water: 400 l          Fuel: 250 l

Engine: Yanmar 4JHE / 44 Cv