The inside story of the Kraken 50
‘It’s like entering an art gallery’
Step inside the Kraken 50, the latest bluewater yacht to be launched, and you experience a world of light, and luxurious living space thanks to the stylish deckhouse with windows worthy of a cruise liner.
The immediate overall impression as you alight from the companionway is of having arrived in a modern art gallery with the endless perspective to match. Yet this is a gallery you can amble through in storm conditions as handholds go right through the crew’s quarters.
The Kevin Dibley-designed accommodation caters for the individual requirements of the discerning sailor and so are constructed in modular units for the aft, amidships and forward sections of the hull: you pick the interior and we’ll build it.
In the first K50, Seneca, British owner David Wilkinson, a 56-year-old financial advisor chose furniture faced with mountain cherry grain, but white oak is also available or teak if required. Her cabin sole is of holly and teak Amtico non-slip, hard-wearing flooring, which comes as standard. Solid wood planking without the stripe is also available.
Both the four and six-berth layouts are graced with the super hard-wearing Warwick Macrosuede, charcoal internal upholstery, which is UV and stain-resistant. All berths, which come with memory foam mattresses, are fitted with lee cloths or boards.
Subtly moulded into all the horizontal surfaces are fiddle ledges to prevent crockery, cutlery, books and laptops from going the way of loose cannons when hard on the wind.
The galley, worthy of a Master chef, is fitted with a gimballed gas or electric oven, or an induction hob as an upgrade. The crew who’s turn it is for the washing up will be grateful that there are two extra deep voluminous stainless steel sinks plus a Kraken-designed eco-disposal gash bin. There could be plates a’plenty to clean because the K50 sits six around the saloon table.
That the Kraken 50 is a boat designed by sailors for sailors is manifest in the navigation/pilot station which offers all-round vision under the coach-roof: a hugely important factor in seamanship. As Kraken chairman Dick Beaumont, veteran of 225,000 ocean miles put it: ‘You can have all the gizmos in the world but you will never beat No. 1 Eyeball.’
For those hot, lazy days in warmer climes the K50 has a walk-in shower with wet room and a separate head.
Throughout the cabins are LED lights and along each side of the saloon floor is a strip of lighting under the settee berth skirting board which gives un-intrusive illumination to crew coming on and off watch during the hours of darkness without spoiling the navigator’s night vision.
Inside the walk-in K50 engine and tool room there is enough room, not just to swing a cat, but one with nine tails!
Back to Dick, once again for his thinking behind this invaluable use of space: ‘My long-distance philosophy has always been: “Think preventative maintenance” Not only do I want access to the boat’s vital parts including the engine, skin fittings and tankage, but I also want the spares and back up tools to be able to handle any job especially when I’m miles from any well equipped port.’