Feeling 850 / Elite 30
Fin keel

Coming from Free Lance, the prototype winner of the Half Ton Cup in 1983, Feeling 850 cannot deny his ambition to race. She is fast in light wind but requires fine adjustments to stay efficient. Optimized for performance, hull provides a relatively low stiffness that must be compensated with a crew or lower the sail area...

Inside the race is forgotten. The saloon is large for a boat of this size and headroom far from ridiculous. The layout of accommodation is modern with cabin and toilet at the rear. To keep a feeling of volume there is no fore cabin but a large open bed, a bit high. We particularly appreciate the quality of the woodwork in this Kirié boat.

Feeling 850 was sold as Elite 30 in North America.

See the Feeling 850 / Elite 30's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFeeling 850 / Elite 30
VersionFin keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerPhilippe Briand
Building years (first/last)1983 / 1989
Number built313
PredecessorKelt 8.50
SuccessorKirié Feeling 286 S / Elite 286
Regulation2eme Cat
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length27.9 ft
Waterline length24.4 ft
Beam over all10.5 ft
Draft5.6 ft
Mast height42.7 ft
Light displacement6173 lbs
Ballast2315 lbs
French customs tonnage7.65 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea474 ft²
Downwind sailarea840 ft²
Mainsail area172 ft²
Genoa area301 ft²
Working jib area221 ft²
Jib area172 ft²
Stormsail area61 ft²
Spinnaker area667 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

30.3 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.3 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

36.1 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

11.0 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

36.7 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

16.5 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.6 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

19.9 ft


Ballast ratio37.5 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement169.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement299.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)17.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x MD5
Engine power1 x 8 hp
Fuel capacity6.6 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin1
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity10.6 gal
Headroom max5.9 ft
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.7 ft
Headroom5.8 ft
Table dimensions3.5 x 3.0 x 1.8 ft
Saloon width (max./min.)7.8 / 5.3 ft
Length of berth6.4 ft
Width of berth*1.6 / 1.5 / 1.3 / 1.1 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth6.4 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 3.9 / 2.3 / 1.0 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.7 ft
Length of berth6.1 ft
Width of berth*4.9 / 4.4 / 3.7 / 2.6 ft
Cockpit length6.6 ft
Cockpit width (max./min.)5.2 / 5.0 ft
*Widths of the berths are measured from the head and then every 60cm (2ft), corresponding to the elbows, knees and feet.

Based on specification1983

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