Felci 71, MARDOR is hull number three of five designed by Felci Yachts and built with cutting edge techniques and materials at CN Yacht 2000, now called ICE Yachts.
She was built using a composite material for the hull, in both carbon and kevlar vacuum infused with vinyl epoxy resin. Carbon reinforcements are used in high load areas to keep the strength up and the weight down. All the bulkheads of the boat are fully in carbon, a double hull bow is provided in case of front crash, and her bow thruster is in a watertight compartment in the crew cabin.
In light winds, her modest displacement enables her to sail at the wind speed with the drifter sail, meaning a lot less time under engine and focusing on what matters the most, the sailing. Her lofty carbon rig keeps the weight down aloft, so as the wind increases, stability is kept in check and she carries on powering on and eating up the miles.
When it gets to a certain point, reefing is very simple with a push of the button and ease of the halyard lead back into the cockpit, the in boom furling takes care of reducing sail very quickly, and without fuss.
A USP of the yacht is the master stateroom, located in the centre of the yacht, and full width, maximising the available space and in complete privacy from the other cabins. It is an unusual layout that works very well for comfortable cruising with crew, or a family.
Further aft, with a separate entrance is a further cabin, for the skipper while passage-making, or for guests with their own space. The interior layout is very clever and flexible for all requirements, be it family cruising or a yacht to live aboard in the summer, and to work from remotely.
The DNA of Felci is evident in this quite stunning, sleek, powerful and easily handled yacht. There is a dedicated crew cabin at the bow with its sink and WC. This room can be used as a crew cabin, or sail locker. Therefore there are two suites – master cabin with bathroom and separate shower box, one guest cabin with its bathroom and shower, and one crew cabin with WC and sink; a watertight door divided the bow master cabin shower with crew cabin room.
When we built MARDOR our aim was ‘To Be Free’, and not dependent on crew! This yacht can be easily sailed by two. My wife and I sailed together and had a fantastic time aboard MARDOR around the Mediterranean, especially in strong winds such as ‘Chiclades’. We were kept safe in MARDOR’s aft cockpit, from where the yacht and her sails can be easily controlled. From the safety of the cockpit you also have easy access to the chart table and engine room located below decks, just at the bottom of the Saloon steps. MARDOR sails beautifully upwind, softly meeting the waves, offering fantastic memories whilst keeping her crew safe and dry.