Kraken Yacht design and features
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Every Kraken yacht features a full length rudder skeg. This provides the ultimate protection against loss of steering caused by grounding, semi submerged lines and ocean debris.
A fully skegged rudder is the only acceptable design solution for a blue water cruising yacht.
Under Deck Running Lines
Sail handling lines and halyards are run under the coach roof back to the cockpit to ensure decks remain clear of tripping hazards. All lines are cockpit led and are easily reached from the helm. Short handed sailing is made safe and simple from the protection of the centre cockpit.
Every Kraken yacht is designed with a ‘Solent’ rig. The dual headsails provide maximum flexibility of sail configuration to cater for all wind conditions. Both upwind and off-wind sailing is enhanced. This rig is also perfect for short-handed cruising.
Kraken Bulwarks & Cleats
Our uniquely designed moulded bulwarks provide a critical bracing point when underway. The custom-made cleats are designed to be smooth, strong and of one piece. The surrounding metal fairleads allow lines to lead forward or aft with no chafing of the mooring lines or the gelcoat. The fairleads also provide a location for excess water to drain from the deck.
"V" Prop shaft bracket
The V bracket protects the shaft from grounding, semi submerged lines and ocean debris
Raised Stanchion and Guard Rails
Kraken fit higher than standard CE or ABYC stanchions and three safety guard wires to ensure crew have maximum support and safety when at sea.
Kraken's own sacrificial stanchion based system has been designed to prevent damage to the gunnel, deck and top sides in the event of a collision.
Premium Flush Hatches*
These high specification hatches are flush to the deck to provide improved aesthetics and removes tripping hazards. Each hatch includes channels to drain excess water. The excellent design build quality and the aesthetic qualities make them a perfect addition to our yachts. Hatches are designed to incorporate screens and blackouts.
Flexiteek Synthetic Deck
The latest generation of Flexiteek synthetic decking provides excellent thermal insulation properties, weight savings and ease of maintenance whilst retaining the look and feel of real teak. The bare foot sailor will experience 35% cooler decks under foot. Deck cleaning is achieved with a high-pressure washer instead of the meticulous care real teak requires.
The companionway incorporates a strong hatch and a balanced, sliding and adjustable washboard. Minimal effort is required to slide the washboard open or closed and can be fixed at any height. Eliminating loose washboards and all the problems associated with them
To allow easy boarding, shore side access and mooring.
To allow clear access to the furlers, twin bow roller and windlass.
Recessed Fuel Filling Station
Our unique diesel filling locker is designed to avoid dragging a fuel hose across the deck. The recessed bay eliminates the risk of water, or other contaminants entering the fuel system. Fuel spillages are prevented from spoiling the deck or damaging the environment.
Every Kraken yacht features the world renowned and unique Zero keel. So named because it has zero chance of coming off, ever. The hull and the keel are one piece, no joint, no bolts and no mastic.
Kraken owners can sail the world safe in the knowledge that they will never have to face the ultimate sailing catastrophe of the yacht inverting within seconds due to the keel falling off.
The construction of the Kraken hull is without parallel. The Kevlar reinforced GRP lay-up is built on ultra robust scantlings that run from the bottom of the keel all the way up to the bulwarks, creating a hull of unprecedented strength.
Below the water line the hull is a single skin lay-up a minimum of 20 mm thick.
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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. Protection of the yacht below the waterline against groundings and UFO’s (Unidentified Floating Objects) is one of the foremost considerations when we design a Kraken yacht
Safety Of The Crew
The crew are at their most vulnerable when they are moving around the boat either above or below decks whilst the boat is under way. When under way, the Kevin Dibley designed yachts have a sea kindly motion with minimal pitching or slamming.
Our Zero Keel
Zero bolts and Zero chance of falling off. A simple concept executed in the way only Kraken can. Our Zero Keel is across our range of yachts and is a truly essential feature of our safety philosophy.
Skeg Hung Rudder
In the old days, the rudder on a typical blue water cruiser was hung on the back of a long keel. Indeed the occasional retro-design still has this feature.
Then in the ‘60s leading yacht designers such as Sparkman & Stephens moved to fin keels and hung the rudder on a skeg. This became the norm for cruiser-racers until – in pursuit of ever more speed – skegs began to disappear and most rudders became ‘stand-alone’ spades.
However the vast majority of blue water cruisers hung onto their skegs. Sailors and designers valued the extra support, strength and protection that a skeg undoubtedly provides. And as ever-more unidentified floating objects (UFOs) now litter the oceans, this protection is even more important.
So why have almost all large modern production cruisers abandoned their skegs?
Sensible Sail Plan
Each Kraken yacht’s twin foresail rig - comprising 100% fore-triangle jib and overlapping genoa - gives maximum flexibility for top performance. Combined with our high aspect-ratio rigs and easy to operate sail reefing systems, sailing in light and heavy conditions alike is much easier thanks to the ease of setting the right sail area for the weather conditions.
Yacht designer of the year 2017
Kevin Dibley Marine Design, headed up by Kevin Dibley based in New Zealand, has recently been awarded ‘Asian Marine & Boating - Yacht Designer of the Year’.