SAFETY OF THE BOAT
When we talk about safety at sea as a manufacturer, there are two distinct elements that must be taken into consideration - Safety of the boat and safety of the crew. Our key boat safety focus is on protection of the yacht below the waterline against groundings and UFO’s (Unidentified Floating Objects).
ZERO keel -The Zero Keel™ was developed to address what we at Kraken Yachts believe to be a fundamental flaw in the construction of a blue water cruising yacht: namely the use of a separate bolted-on keel. It has long been accepted that a cruising yacht needs a long keel rather than a short one to gain good directional stability. And all Kraken yachts are designed this way. But we do not believe that the keel should be bolted onto the hull - because it can (and too often does) come off. Lead ballast is encapsulated and sealed as per our trademarked ZERO keel system for retained integrity of the hull and keel combined in the event of collision. Unlike bolt on ballast keels, the risk of keel bolt failure is eliminated. A low centre of gravity provided by the lead ballast provides improved handling and sea keeping properties.
Rudder skeg – All Kraken yachts are built with full length robust skegs to protect the rudder from UFO’s (Unidentified Floating Objects). If you study the increasing number of mid-ocean rudder losses in events such as the ARC (occasionally leading to the abandoning and/or sinking of the yacht) you will find that unsupported spade rudders are leading culprits. Most twin rudders also offer nil protection against UFOs.
Kraken designer Kevin Dibley and Kraken Yachts have opted for a ‘belt and braces’ approach. The skeg protects the rudder in the event of any impact. All of this force would otherwise be on the rudder blade’s leading edge and stock. Kraken Yachts’ robust skeg-hung rudder design and construction are further proof of our determination to supply safety as standard.
Kevlar in hull and keel – To give further protection to the forward area of the boat an additional membrane of Kevlar is bonded in between the laminates forward of the keel and also within the leading edge of the keel laminates.
Collision bulkheads - The forward two bulkheads that separate the chain locker and sail locker are water tight and have additional strength. If there is an impact that pierces the hull forward of these bulk-heads then water will not enter the rest of the boat. If a severe impact pierces the hull aft of these bulkheads then the compartments act as added buoyancy to keep the boat afloat. An automatic bilge pump with alarm at the pedestal is also fitted in the forward sail locker. A watertight bulkhead is also fitted between the aft lazarette and accommodation spaces.