Feeling 286 S / Elite 286
Fin keel

For the Feeling 286 Gilles Vaton uses the same thick bow than the Kelt but gives an important width to the hull. Thanks to this width the boat can accommodate two nice aft cabins while being less than 8m long. A more conventional alternative is available with a single aft cabin allowing a larger bathroom and a spacious navigation area. In these 2 cases the large mess U-shaped table hosts the engine.

The Feeling 286 Special has a larger transom bearing the hull length from 7.99m – 26.2ft to 8.67m – 28.3ft, increasing performance and facilitates access to sea.

Feeling 286 was sold as Elite 286 in North America.

See the Feeling 286 S / Elite 286's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFeeling 286 S / Elite 286
VersionFin keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerGilles Vaton
Building years (first/last)1986 / 1995
Number built283
PredecessorKirié Feeling 850 / Elite 30
Regulation2eme Cat 6/9 pers
ConstructionMonolithic fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle rudder on skeg
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all29.3 ft
Hull length28.4 ft
Waterline length24.7 ft
Beam over all10.0 ft
Draft5.6 ft
Mast height40.4 ft
Mast length34.8 ft
Light displacement5512 lbs
Ballast1742 lbs
French customs tonnage7.70 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 anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea463 ft²
Downwind sailarea857 ft²
Mainsail area172 ft²
Genoa area291 ft²
Working jib area205 ft²
Jib area85 ft²
Stormsail area41 ft²
Spinnaker area685 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

30.6 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.2 ft

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

35.4 ft

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

10.2 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

36.1 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

16.1 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.4 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

21.0 ft


Wetted surface197 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface8 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°81 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio31.6 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement185.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement342.7 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)15.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2001
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity8.5 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
Headroom max6.1 ft
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.8 ft
Headroom5.9 ft
Table dimensions3.1 x 2.6 x 2.3 ft
Length of berth6.5 ft
Width of berth*1.8 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth5.8 ft
Width of berth*4.9 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.9 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Width of berth*5.4 / 3.7 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1988

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