The Kestrel 106 is a new breed of superyacht designed for an exceptional onboard lifestyle. This series of world class semi-custom sailing superyachts has naval architecture and external styling by Ron Holland Design and is currently under construction in Turkey. This week the aluminium hull of the first Kestrel 106 has been turned over. The vessel is on target to be released late in 2010 and is available for purchase now priced at €7.5million. Watkins Superyachts is working in conjunction with Kestrel Superyachts and can advise on ownership and charter options and assist with vessel management.
The Kestrel Superyacht at 106ft is inspired equally by the enjoyment of sailing and the pleasures of socialising afloat, an ideal cruising and entertaining yacht bringing together the advantages of sailing yacht and motor yacht in a single beautiful vessel. Pace on this ketch is driven by 519m2 of sail area coupled with a highly efficient hull and keel shape below the waterline. Kestrel is blessed with a graceful and classical silhouette and smooth, fast and stable sailing capabilities. The superstructure and deck area is designed for a leisurely onboard lifestyle with a ‘convertible cockpit’ creating adaptable space for relaxing, dining and dancing under the sun, shade or stars under sail or anchor. This convertible space ensures that when not under sail guests can continue to enjoy the pleasures of life on a yacht.
Below decks with a spacious full beam master cabin, a large double ‘VIP’ cabin and two further generous cabins which can be specified as doubles or twins including an additional pullman berth there is capacity to accommodate eight to ten guests onboard in significant space and comfort supported by up to four crew. Ten is also an ideal number for dining on deck or in the deck saloon.
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, who is 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”.