The birth of the Kirié shipyard

The story of the Kirié shipyard began at the turn of the 20th century. Auguste Kirié, drawing on his experience gained in various shipyards, decided to set up his own business in Les Sables d’Olonne. In 1927, the shipyard was founded in the name of its founder, Auguste Kirié. Its initial activity focused mainly on building small wooden sailing boats.

In 1930, aged just 13, Auguste Kirié’s son Claude began his apprenticeship in the family business.

At the height of the war, in 1942, Claude took over the reins of the company. This was an important turning point in the history of the family business.

Dynamic development in the 1950s and 1960s: the rise of fast boats and competition

In the 1950s, production shifted towards fast boats. Building dinghies became the main activity, with a variety of models always designed from in-house plans.

In the 1960s, Claude’s competitive spirit led him to take part in the ‘‘Six heures de Paris” race on several occasions. His competitive spirit pushed the yard towards new challenges.

At the end of the 1960s, the Kirié yard underwent a major expansion and moved to Château d’Olonne, near Les Sables d’Olonne. It became one of the first shipyards to work with polyester. As a result, it launched the “Anges de mer”, fast fishing boats, and the “Fifty”, sailing fishing boats.

This chapter in the history of the Kirié shipyard bears witness to a dynamic evolution, marked by the constant quest for innovation and performance in the field of shipbuilding.

The revolution in the Feeling range: Engine-powered liveaboard cruisers

In the early 1980s, Kirié made a remarkable entry into the market with the launch of its revolutionary “Feeling” range.

In 1986, the 13.5-metre Feeling won the prestigious ”Route du Rhum” in the standard boat category. Following on from this success, the 10.9-metre Feeling was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Boat of the Year’ in 1987, a testament to the innovation and excellence of its design.

Feelings also stand out for their versatility, offering yachtsmen the possibility of choosing between a lifting keel version and a fin keel version, according to their specific preferences and needs.

Kirié’s revival thanks to Alliaura Marine and Privilège Marine

In 2000, Kirié ceased operations, but Feeling’s destiny took a new turn. Alliaura Marine took over the shipyard, ensuring the continuity of this iconic range. It was also in 2000 that the Feeling 32 was awarded the title of  ‘‘Sailboat of the Year” by the prestigious French sailing magazine ‘Voile Magazine’.

In 2010, Feeling became an integral part of Privilège Marine, ushering in a new era for the range. The range has expanded considerably, while preserving the essential features for which Feeling yachts are renowned. The range includes 7 models, ranging from 32 to 55 feet:

  • Feeling 32
  • Feeling 36
  • Feeling 39
  • Feeling 44
  • Feeling 48
  • Feeling 52
  • Feeling 55

The Feeling range has established itself as a benchmark for cruising boats.

The most sought-after pre-owned Feeling boats on the market

Used Feeling boats are sought after by sailing enthusiasts all over the world. Among the most popular and sought-after pre-owned models are :

  • Feeling 30
  • Feeling 36
  • Feeling 44
  • Feeling 1040
  • Feeling 1090
  • Feeling 1350
  • Feeling 286 Special
  • Feeling 306
  • Feeling 326
  • Feeling 346
  • Feeling 426
  • Feeling 446
  • Feeling 546
  • Feeling 920
  • Feeling 990

Feeling yachts offer the perfect combination of performance, comfort and timeless design.

See all our Kirié Feeling used boats.

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