Feeling 44

The Feeling 44 is another offshore cruiser with gunkholing capability; its optional lifting keel reduces draft from 8 feet, 6 inches to 2 feet. Considerable fixed ballast is built into the bottom of the hull to enhance stability and provide a solid grounding plate. This cruiser is thin-water friendly—its shallow rudder provides positive control with the keel fully retracted. It’s also no-water friendly; the 44 is designed to sit upright with its rudder above the beach even when it’s fully high and dry. Accommodations are wrapped in light-colored varnished wood and center around the keel trunk that French designers Alain Mortain and Yiannis Mavrikios integrated into the interior beneath a unique centerline nav station and a large fixed dinette table. Similar models measuring 30, 32, 36, and 39 feet are also available. Price: $287,078 (sailaway, FOB France). Feeling Yachts, tel. 011-332-5121-5849, www.kirie.com

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