The Kestrel design resulted from having owned and sailed “MALISH”, an Arctic Tern sloop, for the past five years.

While actually using MALISH, I didn’t think much of modifications or redesigns because she sailed so very well, but during her time at the dock and during my reflective visions of what her replacement would be, I often considered the same Arctic Tern-type boat with the ends elongated. The freeboard and headroom would be only slightly increased. The cockpit would be tightened up and the mid-boom sheeting for the mainsail would make her easier to sail short-handed.

An enclosed head in the interior would allow for a modicum of privacy. The galley would be mid-ships in the cabin with sink and stowage to starboard. Just to port of the main companionway is a quarter berth, the engine box for a 10 hp. diesel in the bridge deck and a small box seat extension forward.

Forward are port-and-starboard settees turning into a double berth. This type of arrangement would allow seating for drinks after a brisk sail, or dinner guests.

The changes are not so great from the Arctic Tern, just more tailored to my needs.

“Malish” now has a new home with a couple from Marblehead, Mass. With time allowing, “Kestrel” will move from paper to shop floor and some day I expect my two boys and I will have some fine adventures on her. — Sam Devlin

The Kestrel is available as study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to see the design developed.

Kestrel Specifications

Length 26 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 8ft. – 1 in.
Draft 3 ft. 10 in.
Power Inboard diesel 10-20hp
Ballast 2500 lbs.
Sail Area 346 sq. ft. sloop
Hull Type Displacement

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