The Latest Kraken 50
This month we will take a brief intermission from the Kraken 58 Birth of a Blue Water Yacht series to bring you an update on the latest Kraken 50 which will launch in April. As the finishing touches are made prior to launch, we would like to show you a retrospective of the build from the start to the present.
The ZERO Keel™ receives its massive 6.4-tonne lead ballast. The keel mould is actually split in two at this stage, allowing us to laminate the space within the keel prior to the lead being inserted. Both sides of the keel mould are connected and the lead is laminated into place from the keel sump. This allows us to build the only fully integral keel in the world with no bolts, including an integrated ballast bulb.
The structural stringers and frames are again cut from structural foam and laminated into place. This is a very different approach to most production yachts of today which use a one-piece skeleton that is bonded to the hull. Each structural element in a Kraken yacht is laminated in place and our transverse frames extend from the chainplates all the way to the keel base to distribute keel and rig forces. This provides the ultimate structural integrity.
The deck is now laid, the stainless stanchions, deck gear, hatches and windshield are all in place. A water test needs to be performed overnight to ensure there are no leaks. We run a long term soak test and pressure test over a 12 hour period to ensure there are no leaks to the interior of the yacht.