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Feeling 326 Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

The Feeling 326 is a 31’4” (9.55m) cruising sailboat designed by Harlé-Mortain (France). She was built between 1987 and 1999 by Kirié (France) with 335 hulls completed. The Shoal draft version features a shorter keel to grant access to shallow areas.

The Feeling 326 has also been marketed as Elite 326 and she is as well listed, on, in Deep draft and Centerboard (Trunk) version (see all the versions compared).

Feeling 326's main features

Feeling 326
Shoal draft
Hull type
Cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
- Hull: Single skin fiberglass polyester
- Deck: Sandwich balsa fiberglass polyester
Number of hulls built
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : fin without bulb
Single tiller (helm wheel in option)
Single spade rudder
Former French navigation category
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Feeling 326's main dimensions

Overall length
32’ 6”9.9 m
Hull length
31’ 4”9.55 m
Waterline length
27’ 2”8.28 m
Beam (width)
11’ 1”3.37 m
Waterline beam (width)
8’ 11”2.7 m
4’ 4”1.3 m
Mast height from DWL
42’ 8”13 m
Fore freeboard
3’ 11”1.18 m
Mid-ship freeboard
3’ 4”1.02 m
Light displacement (MLC)
7893 lb3580 kg
Maximum displacement (MLDC)
9744 lb4420 kg
Ballast weight
2954 lb1340 kg
Ballast type
Cast iron
French customs tonnage
9.31 Tx

Feeling 326's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
587 ft²54.54 m²
Downwind sail area
994 ft²92.38 m²
Mainsail area
213 ft²19.77 m²
Genoa area
374 ft²34.77 m²
Solent area
312 ft²29 m²
Jib area
108 ft²10 m²
Stormjib area
68 ft²6.3 m²
Symmetric spinnaker area
782 ft²72.61 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
40’ 7”12.36 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
11’ 11”3.64 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
35’ 1”10.7 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
10’ 10”3.3 m
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi masthead
Mast configuration
Deck stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
0 °
Spars construction
Aluminum spars
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire

Feeling 326's performances

HN (French rating)
 iHN or "Handicap Nationale" is an empirical rating system used in France allowing various monohulls, of different sizes and designs, to race each other fairly. It is particularly suitable for cruiser and cruiser-racer. Therefore, by comparing these values, we can have an indication of the relative speed of 2 boats.
Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.

The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.

Upwind: under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
251 ft²/T23.31 m²/T
Downwind sail area to displacement
 iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.

The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.
425 ft²/T39.48 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:

a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
37 %
Wetted area
224 ft²20.84 m²
Righting moment @ 1°
 iThe righting moment is a moment (torque) that tends to restore a boat to its previous position after heeling. Its value corresponds to the torque needed to heel the boat for this angle.
Higher the righting moment is for an angle, greater is the stability.
625 lb.ft86 kg.m
Maximum transverse section
11 ft²1.05 m²
Critical hull speed
 iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
6.98 knots

Feeling 326's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power (min./max.)
18 HP / 28 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
30.4 gal115 liters

Feeling 326's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Freshwater tank capacity
50.2 gal190 liters
Fridge/ice-box capacity
26.4 gal100 liters
Maximum headroom
5’ 11”1.8 m
Head headroom
5’ 7”1.72 m

Feeling 326's saloon

Maximum headroom
5’ 10”1.78 m
Saloon table length
3’ 1”0.94 m
Saloon table width (min./max.)
3’ 4”1.01 m / 4’1.21 m
Berth length
5’ 11”1.8 m
Berth width (head/feet)
1’ 7”0.5 m / 1’ 7”0.5 m

Feeling 326's fore cabin

Maximum headroom
5’ 5”1.64 m
Berth length
7’ 2”2.18 m
Berth width (head/feet)
5’ 11”1.8 m / 0’ 6”0.15 m

Feeling 326's aft cabin

Maximum headroom
6’1.84 m
Berth length
6’ 4”1.93 m
Berth width (head/feet)
5’ 6”1.68 m / 3’ 6”1.07 m
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