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Feeling 920 Keel and centerboard

Sailboat specifications

The Feeling 920 is a 30’4” (9.25m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by Philippe Harlé (France). She was built between 1981 and 1986 by Kirié (France) with 370 hulls completed. The Keel and centerboard version features a centerboard inside of a short fin-keel allowing shoal draft while maintaining upwind capabilities.

The Feeling 920 has also been marketed as Elite 32 and she is as well listed, on, in Deep draft version (see all the versions compared).

Feeling 920's main features

Feeling 920
Keel and centerboard
Hull type
Cruiser-racer sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
Single skin fiberglass polyester
Number of hulls built
First built hull
Last built hull
Centerboard : pivoting centerboard in the keel
Single tiller
Single semi-spade rudder
Former French navigation category
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Feeling 920's main dimensions

Overall length
31’ 8”9.65 m
Hull length
30’ 4”9.25 m
Waterline length
25’ 6”7.78 m
Beam (width)
10’ 7”3.22 m
Waterline beam (width)
9’2.74 m
6’ 4”1.92 m
Draft when appendages up
3’ 1”0.95 m
Mast height from DWL
42’ 8”13.03 m
Light displacement (MLC)
8488 lb3850 kg
Maximum displacement (MLDC)
9370 lb4250 kg
Ballast weight
3307 lb1500 kg
Ballast type
Cast iron exterior ballast with steel centerboard
French customs tonnage
11.40 Tx

Feeling 920's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
560 ft²52 m²
Downwind sail area
985 ft²91.5 m²
Mainsail area
210 ft²19.5 m²
Genoa area
350 ft²32.5 m²
Solent area
280 ft²26 m²
Jib area
163 ft²15.1 m²
Stormjib area
70 ft²6.5 m²
Symmetric spinnaker area
775 ft²72 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
39’ 7”12.06 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
11’ 10”3.6 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
33’ 6”10.2 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
11’ 2”3.4 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 continuous

Feeling 920'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.
228 ft²/T21.17 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.
401 ft²/T37.25 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.
39 %
Wetted area
218 ft²20.22 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.
473 lb.ft65 kg.m
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.
6.77 knots

Feeling 920's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power (min./max.)
9 HP / 18 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
9.2 gal35 liters

Feeling 920's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Freshwater tank capacity
34.3 gal130 liters
Fridge/ice-box capacity
23.8 gal90 liters
Galley headroom
6’1.84 m
Head headroom
5’ 10”1.77 m

Feeling 920's saloon

Maximum headroom
6’ 1”1.87 m
Saloon table length
3’ 2”0.98 m
Saloon table width
2’ 10”0.86 m
Saloon width (min./max.)
5’ 4”1.63 m / 7’ 1”2.16 m
Berth length
6’ 1”1.85 m
Berth width (head/elbows/knees/feet)
1’ 10”0.55 m / 1’ 8”0.51 m / 1’ 6”0.46 m / 1’ 1”0.34 m

Feeling 920's fore cabin

Maximum headroom
5’ 5”1.65 m
Berth length
7’ 2”2.18 m
Berth width (head/elbows/knees/feet)
4’ 6”1.38 m / 4’ 8”1.44 m / 2’ 10”0.86 m / 1’ 2”0.38 m

Feeling 920's aft cabin

Maximum headroom
5’ 8”1.75 m
Berth length
5’ 11”1.8 m
Berth width (head/elbows/knees/feet)
4’ 11”1.5 m / 4’ 6”1.36 m / 3’ 4”1 m / 2’ 6”0.75 m
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