HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
The Kestrel One Design Class dates from 1955 to a design by J Francis Jones, a former pupil of the famous naval architect Kim Holman. J Francis Jones, from Woodbridge, Suffolk was inspired by shoal-draught sailing on the East Coast and incorporated strong lap-strake construction with practical qualities and a lifting keel.
The first example was built by Ernie Nunn in Waldringfield in 1955 for the sum of £375.00 Later examples were carvel built and by the late 1960’s Kestrel’s were built with moulded GRP hulls. Capella was built in 1966 and has been owned by the same family for twenty-eight years. During that time she has been cruised extensively in the Solent and along the South Coast from her Fareham based moorings. In 2001 Capella was extensively restored and is now in full commission, full fitted-out for the 2016 season.
ENGINE: Yanmar IGM 10 Diesel (new 1990) Engine mounts (new 2000), major overhaul in 2015.
RIG & SPARS: Rigged as a Bermudian Sloop with Z-Spars, aluminium mast and boom in 2013 along with new standing rigging.
SAILS: Masthead rigged mainsail, roller furling genoa. All sails are cherry red, made by Jeckells.
COVERS: Boom tent cover/cockpit cover , Sail cover , Sprayhood (not fitted) and hatch covers.
ELECTRONICS: Cockpit instrument with GPS, speed and depth. Battery voltage and charge rate gauges. VHF radio and AM/FM radio with cabin speakers. Masthead Tricolour , 105AH battery.
DINGHY: 8ft Simpleton Pram
ACCOMMODATION: Main cabin containing two settee berths, Calor gas 2 burner and grill stove galley to port with fresh water supply pump to starboard. The centre plate casing in the cabin is arranged so there is room for the cabin sole to be used as an additional berth if required. The forepeak has the heads under a cover, 2 children’s berths and the forward hatch giving access to the foredeck. Drying out legs are stowed port and starboard and a chain locker for the CQR anchor is also contained in the forepeak. Cockpit lockers contain warps, fenders, engine battery, Stern locker has diesel fuel tank and gas cylinder.
2015 Major engine overhaul of the 1GM10. All cabin rewiring replaced
2013 New aluminium mast boom and standing rigging fitted (Z Spars). New galvanised steel centre board and new rudder . New JABSCO heads and hullcocks fitted 10 keelbolts replaced, keel replaced with iroko sections and new galvanised keel shoes fitted.
2001 S/S pushpit/pulpit fitted.
1995 Topsides burnt off, Gas stove and burners overhauled, All antifouling removed new forehatch fitted.
1993 Furling headsail fitted with UV strip.
1992 New drying out legs manufactured.
1990 New Yanmar 1GM 10 diesel engine, new propeller, shaft and flexible coupling and Morse controls in last refit
1989 New epoxied/traKmark 12mm ply deck fitted, cockpit rebuilt, new bulkheads fitted in last refit
Polycarbonate windows replaced with toughened glass – frames re-chromed. All hull cocks dipped and replaced.
Capella has been in the current ownership for most of the last twenty-eight years, cruised extensively by the owner in the Solent and along the South Coast. She is fully equipped and has spent approximately six months of each season afloat. Out of the water she has been laid up in the owner’s garden with a well vented winter cover.
Mast and spars have been kept in a garage and sails and other equipment have been removed and kept in a loft. All maintenance has been carried out by the owner to a high standard. Capella has had much TLC for many years and with light usage in recent years is now regretfully up for sale.
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