Length 7.92m 26ft
Engine Volvo 2002 18hp
Following his success with Moody Yachts, Newbridge appointed Bill Dixon to design this family cruiser. On it’s launch the Pioneer was marketed as a 6 berth yacht although, in truth, at 26ft it is really only a 4 berth boat. A feature of the Pioneer is the polygonal saloon table that lifts up on the mast prop. This allows for the table to be lowered to form a bed base, or raised to provide an open area. On Kestrel I use the raised table to support a solar panel under a light hatch when not at sea. The saloon is open plan with a converted double berth in the main area and parcel shelf double in the “fore cabin”. There is a double quarter berth to port which has a curtain for privacy. To starboard is a heads. Kestrel currently has a cassette wc for in-shore sailing but she comes with a sea toilet which can easily be fitted for off-shore sailing (all of the plumbing for the sea toilet is in place but needs linking up to a sea cock).
The galley contains a domestic cooker/ hob and grill and a top-loading cool box. There is a flexible water tank under the fore cabin bed deck.
The cockpit has tiller steering, cushions, two deep lockers to starboard, a shallow rope locker to port, and a stern locker which houses the gas bottle and a kedge anchor.
On deck there is a spray hood, lazy jacks, depth sounder and compass. There is also an auto helm which needs calibrating.
The main sail is battened with three reefing slabs. The foresail is roller furling and there is also a separate cruising chute.
Safety gear includes jack lines, horseshoe lifebouy with light, rescue line, throw bag, hand held vhf radio and navigation lights 20lb CQR anchor. There is a manual bilge pump and a remote electric bilge pump.
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