Kraken Yachts announced the launch of the blue water yacht Kraken 50 Kraken Yachts announced the launch of the blue water yacht Kraken 50
Kraken 50 features the innovative “Zero Keel”, a construction system that allows building a keel that is integrated with the hull (zero indicates that... Kraken Yachts announced the launch of the blue water yacht Kraken 50

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.

‘They may be OK for general sailing,’ said Beaumont, ‘but for fail-safe world cruising when you have your friends and family with you as you cross oceans, I don’t believe they are fit for purpose.’kraken 50

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.

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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!’