Kelt 9m
Ballasted centerboard

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To design the largest ship of its range, Kelt calls a renowned architect: Philippe Briand. Designed as a true cruising sailboat, the Kelt 9m is not made for any racing rule allowing shapes that offer both interior volume and performance. Compared with her competitors (such Feeling 920 or Attalia 32), she is lighter and has front end is narrower to allow good passage on swell.

Inside we find 2 double cabins and a saloon. The headroom is good for the category, a real cruiser in 9m – 29.5ft. A specific feature of the first models: a movable bulkhead separates the saloon and the fore cabin, offering the choice of space impression or privacy. In 1986 the Kelt 9m is renamed Kelt 31.

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Main Features

ModelKelt 9m
VersionBallasted centerboard
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
DesignerPhilippe Briand
Building years (first/last)1981 / 1985
Number built≈100
SuccessorKelt 31
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeCenterboard
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all29.7 ft
Hull length29.5 ft
Waterline length24.3 ft
Beam over all10.0 ft
Waterline beam7.7 ft
Fore freeboard3.6 ft
Middle freeboard3.3 ft
Draft (max./min.)6.2 / 3.2 ft
Mast height41.7 ft
Light displacement5688 lbs
Full load displacement7198 lbs
Ballast2778 lbs

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 sailarea535 ft²
Downwind sailarea930 ft²
Mainsail area198 ft²
Genoa area336 ft²
Spinnaker area732 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

34.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.8 ft

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

40.4 ft

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

11.5 ft


Wetted surface197 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface8 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°74 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio48.8 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement207.2 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement360.6 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)14.0

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity6.6 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity31.7 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity17.2 gal
Headroom max6.3 ft
Headroom kitchen6.1 ft
Headroom shower room5.8 ft
Headroom6.1 ft
Table dimensions4.0 x 2.2 ft
Length of berth6.3 ft
Width of berth*2.0 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.2 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Width of berth*4.2 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.8 ft
Length of berth6.3 ft
Width of berth*4.2 ft
Catwalk width1.3 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1984

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