|One of the most celebrated yacht designer around the world Nathanael Herreshoff, an American naval architect, designed well over 2000 craft and produced more than 18,000 drawings. He also and built five winning America's Cup yachts. The number of yachts he designed that won the Astor Cup, Puritan Cup and Kings Cup outnumbered the winning yachts of all rival yacht designers combined between 1980 and 1938 alone. All of his designs have sailed through changing times and technology without loosing their dedicated admirers for the beauty of their lines, performance and capabilities on the ocean. His sons took continued in their father's footsteps, and have added many beautiful yacht designs to the Herreshoff family name, including the lovely 'Kestrel II'.
This Herreshoff 28 'Kestrel II' (previously named 'Bliss', is certainly a yacht of pedigree. Just one look at her, sitting proud and pretty among huge plastic power cruisers at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, and we fell hopelessly in love with her. As we do not often list boats in this price range for the reason that they are often poorly presented or maintained, we were more than impressed with 'Kestrel II', whose owner's modest asking price is a reflection of his wish to see her go to a loving home quickly, and who during his time of ownership, and his father's ownership before this, saw them lavish this pretty little boat with the best of care regardless of the expense.
Complemented by a small and incredibly well designed pilot house, her beautiful lines would be quite the attraction at your local timber boat festival. Her freshly painted hull, deck and cockpit are trimmed by varnished Burmese teak, silver Ash and Oregon (we have all the receipts).
Her traditional bronze and reinforced glass portholes contributes to her classic style, where strength and durability speak first.
From a live-able design point of view, this Herreshoff 28 ticks many boxes: she is incredibly pretty to behold, of course, but once on board quickly reveals herself to also be full of other important qualities. A gentleman's yacht able to challenge your local yacht club's twilight racing, she can sit a crew of 6 easily in her cockpit or at the rail, where her decks are far enough from the coach-roof for sitting or for traffic. Her deck gear is simply but efficiently organized, with all lines run aft, and for a family with weekend cruising in mind she is easy to sail, with her recently fitted furling Genoa on Furlex Furler, lazy jacks and good sizes self tailing winches. A full size boat cover easily installed and removed ensures that your maintenance schedule is kept to a minimum, as it protects the whole boat from sun and rain damage when you are away.
Her interior is fresh and clean, without smell or mold. 'Kestrel II' is primarily Her striped blue and white upholstery was recently replaced, and except for a few stains in the bow where someone spilled a few drops of varnish, it presents in perfect condition.
The galley is minimally equipped, as the boat was used for twilight and social sailing, but offers ample space to add a metho stove ($150) or portable LPG stove ($15 at Kmart). There is a stainless steel sink with pressurized fresh water. Dedicated cup and plates storage provides safe storage for your crockery, and there are cupboards for food. There are o ice box on the boat, as the owner wanted to keep the through hull fittings to a minimum (no plumbed toilet either), but there is plenty of room for an esky under the beautifully crafted removable table, and a Porta Potti can fit in a dedicated place under the bunk. Headroom is 5'4".
Plenty of opening portholes and forward hatch (no leaks anywhere), will provide good cross-ventilation on a hot summer day, and can be kept partially open to keep the cabin dry and aired (important on timber yachts), when you leave the boat under her cover.
Perfect for a family as a beautiful and safe weekend get-away, 'Kestrel II', has a large V berth forward, which is easily accessed, and two good size single berth on either sides.
Now for some more technical info:
-'Kestrel II' had her old engine removed and replaced with a reconditioned engine (purchased from Yanmar certified mechanics in April 2015. The new engine is rated at 20HP. It was fitted to a new bed and mounts.
-Freshly repainted (deck, topsides, interior), as well as fully revarnished in February 2016
-Antifouled in January 2016
-New battery 2016, other battery replaced 2010
-Full new set of sails in 2005 and 2006
-New Furlex 2005
-New standing and running rigging in 2005-2006
-New lifelines and vang 2006
-New wiring throughout, electric fittings, lights, etc. 2005
-New solar panel 2006
-New fresh water bladder (150L)
-New plumbing and water pump (2006)
-New bilge pumps (2005 and 2010)
'Kestrel II' was fully surveyed in October 2014. The surveyor's report quotes "'KESTREL II' appears to have a sound, well built hull and deck together with a very presentable fit-out.
The majority of the vessel components such as engines, the rig, the deck fittings and the sails, etc. Present well. The fault found were considered to be of a minor nature and would fit the parameters of normal maintenance and upgrading'. All the noted recommendations were carried out and repaired were necessary. The engine has since been replaced as the gearbox was corroding and the price of rebuilding it would have exceeded the purchase of a new reconditioned engine.
Please contact our friendly team at Nautilus Yacht Management if you have any questions or to arrange for an inspection