Feeling 850

This light-displacement Philippe Briand design was produced in Racing,

Club and Cruising versions. Launched in 1985, the Cruising model sports an

airy, open-plan interior with light-coloured elm joinery. There are berths

for six, a good galley and a reasonably sized chart table, but very limited

stowage. A relatively large, comfortable cockpit and sugar-scoop bathing

platform both enhance her appeal as a family cruiser. Her rig is much cut

down from the sportier versions, but she is still a reasonable performer.

A good starter boat for a family of four, she is at her best daysailing rather

than offshore cruising. There is a lifting keel option, which reduces her

draught to 3ft 1in (90cm).

 


LOA 8.5m (27ft 10in) LWL 7.5m (24ft 5in) Beam 3.2m (10ft 4in) Draught 1.7m (5ft 6in)

Displacement 2,800kg (6,160lb) YM test report April 1985