Kestrel Superyachts presented their latest design experience – large volume ocean cruising ketch Kestrel 106.
The Kestrel Syndicate is a group of Northern Irish and Scottish businessmen and women who are passionate about the experience offered by cruising on a luxury yacht. They invited famous Ron Holland to create the naval architecture and external styling of the Kestrel 106.
The team behind Kestrel Superyachts recognise that to maximise the entertaining potential of a vessel and the enjoyment of all afloat a yacht needs to have the ability to perform under sail without frightening the non sailing guests while being a comfortable and welcoming home from home. Ron Holland comments that: “This yacht differs from our existing design work and presents to the sailing yacht market a unique concept that combines comfort and performance in a fresh new manner.”
Peter Cooke, the Managing Director of Kestrel Superyachts describes the Kestrel 106 as “unique, the desired combination of ‘space, pace and grace’ in a single yacht is the culmination of almost three years of intense design work to develop a beautiful large sailing yacht which is also a warm and welcoming home, a delightful place to spend leisure time and which meets the aspirations of non sailors and sailors alike.”
The design of the yacht reflects a balance between traditional sailing yachts of the past, with modern design, influenced by the latest sailing technology. The new yacht is very comfortable, spacious and is easy to handle.
The superstructure and deck area is designed for a leisurely onboard lifestyle with a convertible cockpit. This is an adaptable space with sliding seating units for relaxing, dining and dancing.
Below decks there is a spacious full beam master cabin, a large double VIP cabin and two further generous cabins, which can be specified as doubles or twins and can include additional pullman berths. This means the Kestrel 106 has the capacity to accommodate eight to ten guests onboard in significant space and comfort supported by up to four crew.
The dining areas both inside and out can also comfortably seat ten guests.
The Kestrel 106 is developed to offer you a real home far away in the ocean. She is inspired equally by the enjoyment of sailing and the pleasures of socialising afloat. This is to be an ideal cruising and entertaining yacht bringing together the advantages of sailing and motor yachts in a single beautiful vessel.
Specifications of the Kestrel 106:
Length overall including bowsprit, excluding davits: 32.4m/106ft
Length on Deck: 28.5m/94ft
Length Water Line: 21.7m/71ft
Draft (standard bulb keel – deeper keel by special order): 2.9m/9.5ft
Air draft (excluding instruments) – 31.5m/103ft
Displacement (approx) 10% Load: 101.5 tonnes
Ballast (provisional): 31 tonnes
White sail area/Displacement ratio: 23
Hull & Deck: Marine Grade Aluminium
Rig (standard): Ketch rigged
Rig options: Schooner rig, wishbone schooner rig, cutter rig, in mast furling, rod rigging
Standard keel: Aerofoil steel bulb keel with lead ballast
Standard Engine: Scania DI12 59M, (350hp)
Classification Society: RINA (Registro Italiano Navale) Yacht Class C Maltese Cross HULL.MACH Ych (MCA)
Code of Practice: MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) coded for large commercial & sailing vessels (LY2) within 60 miles of a safe haven (optional upgrade)
Guests: 8 in 4 double cabins
Crew: Up to 4
Full beam owners cabin, forward VIP cabin
Two double cabins each with a pullman
Hydraulic opening transom/swim platform
Convertible cockpit with cushioned sliding benches and twin tables that can be joined
One external steering position and one interior navigation station
Wet bar on deck
Deck salon with raised dining and seating area for ten
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