Feeling 326 / Elite 326
Centerboard (Trunk)

Feeling 326, also known as Elite 326 in the North American markets, is a cruising monohull designed by architects Harlé/Mortain. Her modern lines and specially the faceted coachroof allowing the panoramic vision from the saloon, was welcomed when the boat was presented. The version with a fixed keel was presented first, followed by a centerboard edition one year later. The latter is equipped with two short rudders and flat ballast with two small fins in order to avoid the gelcoat erosion when beaching. This setting was already presented in the Kelt 29; afterwards know as Feeling 29 since Kelt Marine was acquired by Kirié.

The interior design is rather classic, including two double cabins, of which one in the aft, other in the bow. The starboard side of the saloon bunks can serve as an extra double bed. In the centerboard version the kitchen sinks form a single unit with the keel trunk.

See the Feeling 326 / Elite 326's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFeeling 326 / Elite 326
VersionCenterboard (Trunk)
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
DesignerPhilippe Harlé
Alain Mortain
Building years (first/last)1987 / 1999
Number built335
PredecessorKirié Feeling 960 / Elite 324
SuccessorFeeling 32
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeCenterboard
Ballast typeCast iron interior ballast with glass-fiber/polyester centerboard
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller (helm wheel in option)
Main dimensions
Length over all32.5 ft
Hull length31.3 ft
Waterline length27.2 ft
Beam over all11.1 ft
Waterline beam8.9 ft
Fore freeboard3.9 ft
Middle freeboard3.3 ft
Draft (max./min.)5.4 / 2.4 ft
Mast height42.7 ft
Light displacement7826 lbs
Full load displacement9744 lbs
Ballast3219 lbs
French customs tonnage9.31 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 spreader2
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea587 ft²
Downwind sailarea994 ft²
Mainsail area213 ft²
Genoa area374 ft²
Working jib area312 ft²
Jib area108 ft²
Stormsail area68 ft²
Spinnaker area782 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.1 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.8 ft

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

40.6 ft

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

11.9 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

41.3 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

18.1 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

40.2 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

20.5 ft


Wetted surface224 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface11 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°129 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio41.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement165.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement280.1 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)17.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2002
Engine power1 x 18 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 28 hp
Fuel capacity30.4 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity50.2 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity26.4 gal
Headroom max5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.6 ft
Headroom5.8 ft
Table dimensions3.1 x 4.0 x 3.3 ft
Length of berth5.9 ft
Width of berth*1.6 / 1.6 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.4 ft
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*5.9 / 0.5 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom6.0 ft
Length of berth6.3 ft
Width of berth*5.5 / 3.5 ft
Catwalk width1.6 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1988

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