The Westerly Kestrel 35 was designed by Ed Dubois for Westerly Boats. They were built from 1992 to 1993, and only 5 were made. As such they are a rare and sought after boat. The yacht has good facilities, with 7 berths and 2 heads, unusual on a boat of this length. The boat has a stable fin keel and is a comfortable larger yacht.
The range of yachts that the Westerly Kestrel was developed from is the popular Sea Hawks the Kestrel is an aft-cockpit version of the Oceandream. Above decks, the Westerly Kestrel looks similar to the other Westerly cruisers, but below the yacht is fitted out in a luxury style. There are two self-contained cabins, with en-suite heads, meaning that the yacht has a good amount of privacy and so can be sailed by two couples or a family.
Having owned a Kestrel for three years I can confirm that she is a superbly built luxury family cruiser. She is sturdy and stiff and her raked bow makes her ride comfortably in a seaway when the current vogue for straight stems would slam and judder heavily. She also has the weight to punch into a head sea when lighter yachts would slow dramatically.
She gave us great confidence by the way she dealt with a line squall in the Irish Sea some 25 miles offshore, when the wind went from 15 to 43 knots in just a few minutes. There wasn't even time to take in sail and put oilies on!!
We sold her a few years ago due to my deteriorating right hip. Thankfully this was replaced last year. I have recovered well and now have a Jeanneau S.O.32i on Windermere.