Read and download the full review below

Kraken 66 - Sail Magazine Review

KRAKEN 66 REVIEW -SAIL MAGAZINE

Kraken Yachts recently welcomed Peter Nielsen from SAIL Magazine on a test sail around Cape Town, read extracts from his review of the Kraken 66 White Dragon here.

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. 

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Although the 66's styling is contemporary, its hull design, build and systems are conservative. With more than 100,000 miles in his wake, Beaumont knows exactly what he wants in a boat and the three Kraken models reflect his uncompromising philosophy. Kiwi naval architect Kevin Dibley put the flesh on the bones of Beaumont's vision, Chinese yard Hansheng (builders of Passport Yachts, among others) built the boat, and the result is a high-quality turnkey ocean crosser at a remark­ably competitive price. 

Rather than being optimized for offwind work as are so many modern designs, the 66's hull form has been shaped for good all-round perfor­mance and seakeeping, with U-shaped sections forward, plenty of rocker and an easy run aft. Beaumont sees the skeg-hung rudder and long fin keel with its encapsulated lead ballast as essential attributes of a blue­water cruising boat. Indeed, the "Zero Keel;' as Kraken calls it (for zero keel bolts), has become a valuable marketing tool in the wake of several well-publicized keel failures....Read and download the full review below. 

This article has been gratefully reproduced from the May issue of SAIL Magazine

"With the wind on the beam the boat settled into an easy, loping mo­tion, ready to eat up some miles. Speeds in the double digits are noth­ing out of the ordinary, and 200-mile days should be routine for this boat once she starts to stretch out."

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