Kelt 8.50
Centerboard (Trunk)

Gilles Vaton for technical aspects, Patrick Roséo for design; this duo that got to the Kelt 8.50, the title of boat of the year 1984. The Kelt is a bit slow in light winds but becomes rapid once the wind reached 10 knots. The fractional rig even gives it an air of racing sailboat.

Inside everything is done to give a sense of space, few bulkhead and large glass area. Beyond this attention, the accommodations are convenient and have good proportions, only one regret: the headroom is a bit low.

The Kelt 8.50 continues his career as Kelt 29 and after the takeover by Kirié as Feeling 29, only available with centerboard (Trunk).

See the Kelt 8.50's specifications on

Main Features

ModelKelt 8.50
VersionCenterboard (Trunk)
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerGilles Vaton
Building years (first/last)1983 / 1996
Number built≈600
SuccessorKirié Feeling 850 / Elite 30
Regulation2eme Cat 6/9 pers
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeCenterboard
Ballast typeCast iron interior ballast with steel centerboard
Rudder bladeSingle rudder on skeg
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length27.9 ft
Waterline length24.6 ft
Beam over all10.2 ft
Draft (max./min.)2.1 / 5.9 ft
Light displacement7055 lbs
Ballast3307 lbs
French customs tonnage7.15 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (9/10)
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea484 ft²
Downwind sailarea883 ft²
Mainsail area205 ft²
Genoa area280 ft²
Working jib area196 ft²
Jib area158 ft²
Stormsail area39 ft²
Spinnaker area678 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

33.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

9.9 ft

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

34.8 ft

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

10.3 ft


Ballast ratio46.9 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement151.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement275.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)17.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 1GM
Engine power1 x 8 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 15 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 capacity39.6 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity23.8 gal
Headroom max5.9 ft
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.6 ft
Headroom5.8 ft
Table dimensions2.7 x 3.2 x 2.6 ft
Saloon width (max./min.)7.5 / 6.1 ft
Length of berth6.5 ft
Width of berth*1.8 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.2 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*5.9 / 4.9 / 3.3 / 1.6 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.6 ft
Length of berth5.9 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 5.2 / 4.5 / 3.5 ft
Cockpit length6.2 ft
Cockpit width (max./min.)4.7 / 4.6 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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