What we know about Kestrel...

Licence No. : 67649
Mooring : Ripon Racecourse Marina.
Length: 45' Beam : 6' 8½"
Draft : 2' 4" Air Draft : X'Y"" (With wheel-house) X'Y" (without wheel-house)
Propulsion : 30HP Isuzu marine diesel Power supplies : 24VDC + 240VAC via Inverter.
Kitchen Equipment : Gas Cooker (4 burners, grill and oven), microwave oven*, fridge, hot and cold running water + filtered cold water tap, washing machine*. (* for use only when connected to shore power supply)
Accommodation : Four berth - a double sofa-bed in the saloon and two singles in the after cabin.


History of Kestrel (Kingfisher)

Not a lot is known about Kingfisher's history as she was only put up for sale when the previous owner died. That she was much used and travelled is evident from the range of maps and waterways guides found on her. Kingfisher (as she was then) was sold with a great deal of equipment on board, as only the owners personal belongings had been removed; equipment found included two sewing machines!

When contemplating purchase, via BWML brokerage, she was taken down to Naburn Marina for survey, where she was lifted out for a full check of the hull, steering gear, propeller, etc. After a satisfactory report, purchase was agreed. She remained at Naburn for a new Isuzu engine to be fitted (there had been reservations in the report about the state of the existing BMC 1.5 engine ), she was then taken down to Selby for repainting. It was while there, and out of the water, that she was renamed Kestrel. Folk Law tells us that it can be bad luck to change the name of a boat or ship unless certain rites and ceremonies are observed, usually involving a good deal of rum or champagne. As far as we were aware of, at the time, having her out of the water, and making substantial changes (having her repainted) should have been sufficient to protect us...

According to the surveyor it would appear that at some stage Kestrel has been lengthened or at least a new stern fitted, which was evident from the double bulkhead between the main cabin and the engine compartment. She has also been replated at some stage with a 6mm plate. The plate used was a bit narrow for the job, so an addition 3" had been welded to it along its length. The result of the re-plating is that she has a deeper draft that might be expected, and because the bottom projects out slightly on each side, this tends to be the point of contact when mooring. The husband of the previous owner was a builder by trade and it would appear that he had done some significant refitting at various stages as the interior lacks some of the finesse that might otherwise be found.

Kestrel is unusual in that she has a wheel-house, which provides good protection when cruising in inclement weather. For cruising from Ripon down to and along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and on the Calder and Hebbel Navigation and the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the height of the wheel-house doesn't cause a problem. However, to access the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, and for tunnels on the Trent and Mersey Canal and bridges on the Llangollen Canal, it has to come down. This is a relatively quick and easy job to do, but the weight and size of the roof makes it a two man job, so when cruising solo any passing stranger has to be co-opted into assiting...




Main Saloon looking for'ard towards the cratch.





Looking aft....