date to the early 1980s when Kirie, a well-respected French boat builder, sold out to American buyers. The new owners created a modern series of Iron Keel yachts under the name “Feeling.” The first Feeling 10.40 model sailed from France to New York single handed. It was knocked down several times by hurricane David, survived unscathed, and went on to be exhibited at the New York boat show. It was awarded the 1985 American boat of the year. Kirie-Feeling produced attractive, fast, easy to sail, yet ocean going yachts.
They had a cavernous interior not seen before on a yacht of this size. The sense of space and luxury below deck was heightened by the use of light Elm wood and luxury fabrics throughout. In the 1980s, this was the first production company to use light colored woodwork for cabins. Kirie-Feeling was eventually sold to Kelt, under the Lift Keel models.