The Kestrel 2000, the current version of the dinghy, is an absolutely beautiful boat! The foredeck is cleaner in design and the side buoyancy tanks have been remodelled with a distinct angled inner section, replacing the radius curve of previous marks. Decks are of an off-white colour whilst the hull can be specified with two colours – below the water line is usually white. The boat is often fitted with a mast strut that stiffens the lower mast and offers tremendous sail shaping, through adjustable mast bend. Power up with a straighter mast in light air, and add pre-bend in the heavy breezes.
The Make II is not as numerous as the Make I and looks very different above the hull. There is no afterdeck and the side buoyancy tanks are extended to the transom. Spinnaker chutes were optional and the Kestrel could be specified with centre or transom sheeting.
A Make I may have had many modifications made to it. Not all were produced with spinnaker chutes and many have changed from transom sheeting to centre sheeting. It is not uncommon to find strengthening bars fitted between the chainplates to stiffen the hull for racing. These dinghies were supplied with either steel or alloy centreboards. Cruising boats may not have been fitted out with transom flaps or bailers.
|Kestrel Sail Numbers|
|Wooden||1 - 6||Jack Chippendale|
|Mk1||7 - 1428||John Gmach|
|Mk 1 1/2||1429||John Gmach|
|Mk ii||1430 - 1479||John Gmach|
|Mk II||1480 - 1502||Martin Boats|
|Mk !!||1510 - 1512||Moores of Wroxham|
|Mk II||1513 - 1516||Williams|
|2000||1530 - current||Hartley Boats|