Slamming into Wind. Does it have to be like this?

Features from Ocean Sailor Magazine

Flat sections are the price of performance The first time I became aware that a big boat could slam like a dinghy, Dick Durham writes, was at the helm of a freshly-launched Beneteau Oceanis 423 in the summer of 2004. I had taken a bare boat charter from Skye to visit the Small Isles and […]

Yachtsmen told: ‘No more subsidised fuel’

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has delivered his first Budget setting out the Government’s fiscal priorities which include ending subsidised red diesel for yachtsmen. Much to the ‘disappointment‘ of the British Marine Federation, the Chancellor announced that the subsidy on red diesel would be removed. It is believed the subsidy will stand or another […]

Kraken 50 in build April

Building the hull & deck: Part 3 The application of the primer and sanding are completed on the deck plug and painting starts. Multiple coats of paint are applied to the deck plug to ensure a smooth finish. The deck plinths are added and the plug is almost ready to be varnished. The 6.5 tonne […]

A boat without a keel is like a plane without wings

Matt Sheahan, the well-respected yachting journalist and survivor of the 1979 Fastnet disaster, which drowned 15 yachtsmen, has hit out following the latest keel loss saga. ‘Losing a keel is as unacceptable as wings coming off an aircraft yet here we are again with another major failure,’ he said. Matt, lost his father, David, 40 […]

Kevin Dibley

Kraken Yachts’ naval architect Kevin Dibley was just four-years-old when his mother, father, brother and sister swapped a tiled roof for a coach roof to live aboard a 40ft ferro-cement Bermudian cutter south of Vancouver Island, Canada. The yacht, Toroa, was built by his father as a sailing family home and was based at Gabriola […]

Yacht clubs face uncertain future after lock-down

Many UK yacht clubs have closed their doors to members and visitors alike following the spread of COVID-19. There are fears in some more isolated communities that not all clubs will survive the pandemic because of the loss of revenue they face. One source told Kraken News, ‘Cowes on the Isle of Wight is particularly vulnerable. The […]

Sailing the Aegean: Corinth, Cabernet and Castles

Trystan Grace takes the short-cut that Julius Caesar, Caligula and Nero all dreamed about. The dream only became a reality in 1893 when the canal was finally completed. Having spent almost all of my sailing time in Asia, my experience of sailing in the Mediterranean was woefully limited so when the opportunity arose to sail […]

How To Guide: Anchors Aweigh

Some of the best locations in the world are not accessible from marinas or harbours, but from anchorages, writes Dick Beaumont. There is however there an art to anchoring securely which has been overlooked in many quarters today thanks to the proliferation of marina-hopping. There are some excellent new anchor designs available today, Ultra, Delta, […]

Flying sails: The wings of cruising nirvana

There are many and various choices of downwind or beam-reaching sails but I wanted a specific flying sail for the fleet of Kraken Yachts and managed to develop the right profile thanks to our recent partnering with Quantum Sails in Turkey writes Dick Beaumont. I had gone to meet Kann Is, the affable and very […]