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Feeling 1040


afloat Devon


Kirie Construction Nautiques, Les Sables d'Olonne, France



Price reduced



35' 2"

Sail area

722 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


29' 2"



This Feeling 1040 is a fast and spacious cruiser that has been well looked after and updated - although a 1986 boat she looks much newer, with a spacious and light modern interior layout. This yacht has quite recently had the original 18 hp Volvo engine replaced with a 30 hp Beta.


11' 10"


2 plus saloon


5' 11"




10,805 lbs


Beta 30 diesel


4,410 lbs



Keel type

Iron fin keel with spade rudder


Auguste Kirie was building boats in France from 1912 onwards, originally as a wooden boatbuilder. The 'Feeling' range came about in the early 1980s when the company received an injection of funding from the USA, and started to build more boats for the export market. An early Feeling 1040 was sailed from France to New York single handed, surviving hurricane weather, and was then exhibited at the New York Boat Show and went on to be awarded the 1985 American 'Boat of the Year' award. 

The Feeling 1040 was designed by the Harle/Montain design office, and was built from around 1985 to 1989. In many ways the Feelings of this era were trend-setters, with a fast hull allied to a spacious and quite open interior, with light ash joinery - something most other builders did not introduce until many years later. As a result the boat still looks modern today. These early Feeling yachts such as the 940, 1040, 1090 etc., were built to quite a high quality level, though later the company merged with Kelt Yachts, another French builder who specialised in lift keel yachts, and started to build a later range of lift-keel Feelings that were rather more 'built down to a price'.

In 2008 "Sailing Today" magazine tested the Feeling 1040 in Force 5-6 - actually sailing the precise boat for sale now - and reported that to windward "....this is a quick boat" and "As soon as we eased the sheets the Feeling 1040 took off. Even with full sail up she remained easy to control and responsive". Their verdict was "...fast enough to satisfy the racer while simple and safe enough for a family".

Feeling 1040 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs April 2018

Feeling 1040 yacht for sale

Feeling 1040 yacht for sale

With almost 12 ft beam, the interior is spacious for a yacht only just over 35 ft in length. The forecabin has a 6' 8" long by 5'6" aft vee-berth, the saloon has two settees, the port side one of which can be pulled out to create a small double berth if needed, and the aft cabin has a 6' 4" long by 5' 9" at widest double berth. Saloon headroom is 6' 3" between the chart table and galley, lower forward.

Forecabin - Feeling 1040
Saloon forward

The Kirie boatyard launched the 'Feeling' series of production GRP yachts in 1980, and various Feeling models were still in production until around 2010, although the company had several changes of ownership, firstly becoming part of Kelt Yachts, and later being owned by Alliaura, builders of the Privilege catamaran range. Feeling were one of the few boat marques to offer drop keel options on most of their range. In 2012 Alliaura went into administration.

Saloon table

Saloon aft - Feeling 1040 yacht for sale

Galley and companionway
Galley detail

The shelf aft of the navigators seat contains a refrigerated icebox, with the compressor in the cupboard above, whilst in the galley (photos above) there is a larger but non-refrigerated icebox outboard of the sink, plus stowage bins in the worktop for utensils and stores. Hot water is from the engine calorifier or a shorepower immersion heater.

Chart table

Chart table detail

Accommodation plan


Heads compartment aft of chart table
Aft cabin
Lift out

The hull had a full osmosis treatment by Fox's of Ipswich in 2000, and the most recent survey
in 2013 confirmed that the hull was then still in good condition.

Beta diesel

When we sold this yacht to the present owner in 2013 she still had her original Volvo MD2002 18 hp diesel: the present owner replaced this about a year later with a 30 hp Beta in order to have more power to cope with very strong tidal steams in the River Exe. Last serviced in February 2018, the Beta has run approx 320 hours.


Feeing 1040 yacht for sale

Yachtsnet photos April 2018

Bow detail
Deck aft
Cockpit aft
Cockpit from beam
Cockpit forward
Feeling 1040 for sale
Mororing bow - feeling 1040 for sale
Ashore Nov 2018

Photos ashore November 2018

Ashore Nov 2018 - stern
Brochure photo

Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta 30 3-cylinder 1123cc diesel, freshwater cooled, installed 2014 and run approx 320 hours to date

Fuel tank capacity

120 litres


Two bladed folding prop on shaft drive


2 x 85AH services batteries and separate engine start battery

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and Sterling shorepower charger

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Z-Spars alloy twin-spreader mast and boom, with mast-stowed spinnaker pole. Standing rigging renewed May 2006, except forestay new 2017/18


Kemp Performance Cruiser mainsail, slab reefing with lazyjacks and sail cover


Sanders Sails cruising laminate genoa, new 2017, with cover.

Genoa furling



Parker & Kay asymmetric spinnaker

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 43 two-speed self-tailing

Secondary/halliard winches

2 x Barbarossa 30 winches on coachroof for spinnaker, reefing and halliards, plus one Barbarossa winch on mast

Bower anchor

Delta 16 Kg with 30 metres 8mm chain and 20 metres warp

Anchor windlass

Goiot 308 manual windlass




Raymarine Evolution 100 autopilot with Raymarine ST4000 Mk II wheel drive

Steering compass

Plastimo on binnacle

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 8 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, cockpit table, sail covers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Standard Horizon CP180 5" colour plotter at helm with UK/Europe charting


NASA Clipper

Depth sounder

NASA Clipper


NASA Clipper

VHF radio

Silva S15 with DSC and Navtex receiver

Radio receiver

Goodmans radio/CD

Safety/emergency equipment


4-man canister type, approx 6 years old, now due for service


Ocean Signal


2 x horseshoe

MOB equipment


Radar reflector

Folding octahedral

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps

Fire extinguishers

3 x dry powder


Cabin layout

Forecabin with 6' 8" long by 5'6" aft vee-berth, saloon with two settees of which the port side pulls out to create a small double berth if need, and aft cabin with 6' 4" long by 5' 9" at widest double berth, saloon headroom 6' 3" between chart table and galley, lower forward.

Cabin heating

Mikuni MY30 3-outlet blown hot air diesel heating, installed 2008



Water tank capacity

2 x 120 litre tanks, plus 30 litres in calorifier. Hot and cold pressurised water


Plastimo two-burner, grill and oven


Refrigerated coolbox aft of chart table, also non-refrigerated coolbox in galley area



These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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