Read the review of White Dragon in Sail Magazine

A 9,000-mile cruise from Hong Kong to Cape Town isn't a typi­cal shakedown for a new boat, but it convinced Kraken Yachts founder Dick Beaumont that White Dragon, his new Kraken 66, was the boat he hoped it would be. Based in Hong Kong, Beaumont and co-founder Roger Goldsmith started the company two years ago with the intention of building a line of luxury bluewater cruis­ers to take on the likes of Oyster and Discovery Yachts. I joined them in Cape Town to put the boat through its paces. 

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Read the review of White Dragon in Sailing Today

Leading correspondents from the sailing industry and prospective clients were recently invited to test sail the flagship 66 ft yacht of the Kraken range, ‘White Dragon’.

 

Cape Town and the surrounding coastline offered a beautiful backdrop for the event whilst the changeable weather provided perfect testing conditions for a yacht designed to sail around the world.

Why does the new Kraken 50 ft yacht make a superb luxury sailing yacht?

Kraken Yachts Ltd recently proved its credentials in the luxury sailing yacht market when the flagship of its range – the Kraken 66 – won the coveted 2017 Sailing Today award for the ‘Best Blue Water cruiser.’

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Why do Kraken Yachts fit skeg-hung rudders?

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.

Kraken Yachts fit Skeg-Hung rudders

Why do Kraken use lead for ballast?

In the pursuit of safety at sea, Kraken is including many important and expensive features as standard in its new range of blue water cruisers; and all within its competitive standard prices.

 

One of our major (and costly) decisions has been to use lead – not cast iron - for the Kraken 50’s ballast. 

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Dusseldorf boat show success for Kraken.

Kraken Yachts made their debut at the Dusseldorf boat show in January.

 

Despite not having a boat to exhibit this year, Kraken Yachts managed to attract a great deal of interest from mainly European customers.

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Kraken Yachts at the Dusseldorf boat show.

White Dragon’s 400 mile maiden cruise to Hong Kong was a great success. The yacht did everything hoped of it...plus a lot more. Even our professional and highly experienced equipment suppliers were excited. Grant McKinnon of Southern Spars (manufacturers of White Dragon’s carbon fibre rig) said 'I might give up race yachts if cruising yachts sail like this ... 10kts of speed in 15kts of wind is pretty impressive'. 

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The Dragon Roars.

As we set sail for Hong Kong, it soon became clear that we had created what we had hoped for - a wonderful ocean cruising yacht.  Under full sail and with a breeze of 10 - 12 knots at 60 deg of apparent wind, White Dragon heeled slightly as her speed quickly picked up to 7-8 knots. Then we cut the engine and experienced that moment of bliss - the moment when a new yacht forges silently forward across a pure blue sea, under sail alone. 

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Top Quality Sails...

Sensible As Standard.

The quality and cut of the sails play a major part in any yacht’s performance; whether racing or cruising. But sadly many modern production yachts come with standard, low-cost sails that neither last nor hold their optimum shape for long. It’s a classic case of ‘spoiling the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar.’ 

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A sensible sails 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. 

Kraken's twin foresail rig

First 50 ordered.

Following the launch of the first Kraken 66 White Dragon, the Kraken 50 is now entering production. This outstanding 50ft blue water cruiser  – which is the first Kraken to feature our unique fully encapsulated and intergral Zero Keel – brings further comfort, safety and style to this sector of the market.

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Enter the Dragon.

We are delighted to announce that our flagship Kraken 66 White Dragon launched on the 21st October 2016. She arrived in Hong Kong on the 10th November. 

 

At Kraken Yachts our ethos has been to design and develop quality, true blue water cruising yachts that offer owners the safety, comfort and build quality that they need to sail offshore with their friends and family. 

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Kraken Yachts working with leading company Seldén for its standard aluminium spars and rigs.

Swedish company Seldén’s aluminium-section spars, rigging and fittings are found on quality custom yachts throughout the world. Seldén spars – in particular – have dominated the market for many decades.

 

So it is not surprising that Kraken Yachts’ policy of fitting the best has lead them to Seldén’s door for its standard aluminium spars.

Boom In Mast furling for the Kraken Sailing Yachts

Southern Spars supplies the Kraken 66 carbon fibre rig option.

Many sailors - both cruisers and racers – choose to specify custom-built carbon spars. So in order to offer its clients this carbon option, Kraken Yachts has collaborated with Southern Spars, creators of the world’s first carbon fibre mast.

Southern Spars’ mix of innovative thinking and craftsmanship down the years has changed the world of spar building and the company continues to design innovative products to stay at the forefront of rig design and manufacture.  

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Harken winches and deck gear.

Kraken Yachts’ directors Dick Beaumont and Roger Goldsmith were determined that the new Kraken blue water cruisers should be easy to sail. So a fully thought out deck plan using top quality gear was an essential part of their plan.

They collaborated from the start with Harken, whose UK Sales Manager Tom Peters says “We are seeing growing trends towards semi custom boats and expect this growth to continue.

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Join Kraken in Hong Kong.

We are proud to announce that our Kraken 66 flagship yacht White Dragon is now available to view and test sail from the world renowned Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in Hong Kong.

We are inviting interested potential customers to experience a taste of blue water cruising at it's best.

Kraken 66 Yacht leaving Hong Kong

How do you quantify a yacht's all important comfort at sea?

An essential part of any comfortable blue water cruiser’s armoury is an easy motion at sea. While sailors might tolerate a bouncy or skittish motion on a trip round the bay, they will grow to hate it on a long cruise. 

 

In one of his last interviews, the great designer Olin Stephens said that sea-kindliness is important, adding “I have done less cruising than I might have wished, but I have felt that the rough and uncomfortable ride characteristic of sailing in a modern racing boat a few hours a day is more than enough.”

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Kraken Yachts desginer Kevin Dibley wins designer of the year 2017.

Kraken Yachts is delighted to add to the many messages of congratulations winging their way to Kevin Dibley (designer of the new range of Kraken blue water cruisers) on his being named ‘2017 Yacht Designer of the Year’ at the Asian Marine and Boating Awards ceremony.

Kevin Dible designer of Kraken Yachts

Why don't all modern blue water cruisers have skeg-hung rudders?

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.

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