by Richard Crockett
The Kraken 66 is the Flagship of the Kraken range of luxury blue water cruising yachts designed by award winning yacht designer, Kevin Dibley, and epitomises the key features the brand prides itself on; safety, comfort, reliability and performance.
The Kraken 66 has just been awarded the ‘Best Blue water cruising yacht’ accolade from Sailing Today magazine. The award was presented at the Southampton Boat Show.
Best of all though is that their flagship model, the Kraken 66, is currently on an extended world cruise, and is heading to South Africa waters. ‘White Dragon’ is owned by Krakens Chairman and founder Dick Beaumont.
White Dragon set sail from Hong Kong in February 2017 and is currently in Madagascar. After the first passage of this trip Beaumont wrote “White Dragon has exceeded our best expectations, sailing at a comfortable and impressive 9 knots average speed for the duration of the trip. She has coped beautifully with big seas coming dead across the beam and she maintained a very steady motion the whole way.”
With safety in mind, all Kraken Yachts will come with a unique ‘ZERO keel’ that is an integral part of the hull with zero keel bolts and zero chance of falling off. All Kraken Yachts are constructed with a full length skeg, which is also an integral part of the hull moulding, to protect the rudder. A reliable and efficient hydraulic system is fitted to greatly reduce the problems encountered with electrics, and a fuel polishing system (with separate day tank) eradicates issues associated with dirty fuel and fuel bug. These two items alone ensure that more time is spent enjoying your sailing adventures rather than fixing problems, and further illustrates Krakens commitment to building a true blue-water cruising yacht that is ‘built for purpose’.
Styled and designed as the perfect cruising yacht, the Kraken 66 has a multitude of features that result in her handling being similar to that of a much smaller yacht, which makes her ideal for those who want to sail adventurously, but without the need for crew. The spacious interior and cockpit are paired with an internal raised navigation station located near the centre of the boat, where watches can be kept in the dry and warmth during inclement weather. 50′ and 58′ models are also available and incorporate the same features.
The Kraken range – comprising the Kraken 66, 58 and 50 – does not set out to be all things to all people. Instead it is aimed specifically at the blue water cruising market. It therefore incorporates numerous features designed to give maximum safety, comfort and easy handling under sail to owners looking for a yacht that can take them – short handed if that’s their preference – on extended voyages.