Kraken 50 features the innovative “Zero Keel”, a construction system that allows building a keel that is integrated with the hull (zero indicates that not even a bolt is used to fix the keel and the bulb), ensuring the impossibility of breakage. An impressive 20mm lay-up, Kevlar reinforcements and a full skeg-hung rudder guarantee safety on the sea.
The boat is inspired by Kraken Yachts’ chairman, Dick Beaumont, 65, a veteran ocean sailor with 225,000 nautical miles under his keel. He wanted a safe blue water yacht for his retirement, but to his dismay discovered that all the major blue water yacht brands were compromised by having bolt-on keels and/ or unprotected blade rudders.
Therefore, he decided to have his own boat built: White Dragon, a Kraken 66, the first model of the brand. This has been followed by the Kraken 50, which has now been successfully sea-trialed. It clocked up an impressive 7 knots, in just 10 knots of true wind, increasing to 8 knots plus with the cruising chute or reaching genoa set as the breeze filled in.
Mark Fullerton, MD of Doyle Sails China, who built the K50 sail wardrobe said: ‘The design principles employed by the Kraken Yachts team in the build of their yachts demonstrates a unique understanding of the requirements of blue water cruising sailors.’
The K50’s was also chosen by the ocean yachtsman David Wilkinson, a 56-year-old financial adviser with more than 25 years offshore sailing experience, as he searched for the right yacht to sail off in. David, one of the sailors who re-created Captain Bligh’s mutiny on the Bounty, open-boat voyage of 4,000 miles across the Pacific, knows a thing or two about survival.
Wilkinson said ‘During that grueling passage I soon began to realize that safety on any ocean-going yacht was the first and foremost consideration. I was lucky to be sailing in the company of two very experienced yachtsmen, one a naval architect, and I began to question them, make notes and list the attributes of any future sailing yacht I would contemplate owning, and it was safety, which came up every time.’
David Wilkinson plans a circumnavigation in Seneca, his K50, as well as long-distance cruises in the South China Sea from his base in Hong Kong.
Wilkinson explained ‘Because my sailing will include taking my family I needed a boat which could be sailed short-handed, in which all lines could be controlled from a deep well-protected cockpit, which had practical living arrangements and good storage space. I discovered the Kraken 50 ticked all those boxes and more, as well as the safety design qualities, which led me to her in the first place. I also wanted a yacht that turns heads when arriving at the marina. Call me vain, but life is too short to own an ugly boat!’