Kirie (FRA)

1912 - 2012

Feeling goes all the way back to 1912 when the Kirié shipyard, founded by the Kirié family, set up shop in a small garage on Rue de la Forêt in the Sables d'Olonne. The shipyard originally built small sailing boats. In the 1950s, production turned more towards speed boats. In the ‘60s, the founder’s son participated on countless occasions in the "Six heures de Paris" race – driven by his competitive streak.
In the late ‘60s, the shipyard expanded and moved to the Château d'Olonne near the Sables d'Olonne. It was one of the first to work with polyester, and very early on launched speed fishing boats, the "Anges de mer", and sailing fishing boats, the "Fifty".
In the early ‘80s, Kirié launched a range of habitable power cruise ships called "Feeling". In 1986, the 13.5 m Feeling won the Route du Rhum in the standard boat category and the 10.9 m Feeling was voted "Boat of the year" in 1987.
The Feelings were already available in lift keel or fin keel version. In 2000, Alliaura Marine took over the Kirié shipyard. Alliaura continued to build Feeling Yachts, composed of 7 models from 32’ to 55’, until 2012.
In 2012 Alliaura changed its name to Privilege and was led by Gilles Wagner.
See Also: Privilege Catamarans for more information.

Sailboats Built By Kirie (FRA)

(Dates indicate when boat was first built by any builder)

Model LOA First Built
FEELING 30 29.85 ft / 9.10 m 1999
FEELING 32 32.64 ft / 9.95 m 1999
FEELING 326 32.00 ft / 9.75 m 1988
FEELING 346 34.08 ft / 10.39 m 1987
FEELING 356 33.79 ft / 10.30 m 1997
FEELING 36 36.42 ft / 11.10 m 2001
FEELING 39 38.39 ft / 11.70 m 1998
FEELING 396 DI 38.39 ft / 11.70 m 2002
FEELING 416 41.25 ft / 12.57 m 1991
FEELING 44 45.11 ft / 13.75 m 2001
FEELING 446 45.28 ft / 13.80 m 1990
FEELING 48 47.90 ft / 14.60 m 2010
FEELING 486 47.50 ft / 14.48 m 1994
FEELING 52 51.84 ft / 15.80 m 2009
FEELING 546 55.42 ft / 16.89 m 1991
FEELING 55 55.12 ft / 16.80 m 2007
FEELING 720 24.67 ft / 7.52 m 1982
FEELING 850 27.89 ft / 8.50 m 1984
FEELING 920 31.66 ft / 9.65 m 1981
FEELING 960 32.75 ft / 9.98 m 1985
FIFTY 21 20.51 ft / 6.25 m 1977
FIFTY 23 22.97 ft / 7.00 m 1974
FIFTY 33 31.30 ft / 9.54 m 1978
FIFTY 40 40.68 ft / 12.40 m 1979

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