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Posted: Jan. 24 2006,04:41

Don't know how I managed to miss this one:



The Kestrel 140SOT by Current Designs, at $1599.  It's 14' x 26" x 36 lb!  Shallow V-hull, Swede form, front and rear hatches.  Not sure about the drainage or seat height but it sure is interesting.  Front and rear hatches, the usual CD rigging.  I find it interesting that they show it with a high seatback, wonder bout the seat depth.



But would love to check this one out.  Now that our Bushie dollars continue to slide on the world exchange rate the S. African yaks are continuing to go up in price.

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Posted: Jan. 31 2006,20:06

I talked to my local kayak dealer about the kestrel.  He says that this is a great kayak but is not for the very large paddler.:p
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Posted: May 25 2006,08:37

I e-mailed Current Designs for the max user weight on the 140SOT, as this stat is not listed on their website or in their brochure. I like the design a lot, but I'm 6'3", 240#.
They seemed unable or unwilling to provide an answer to this simple question, giving me the runaround instead; saying the  the "max volume is listed in liters" and that this yak "would not have the stability you need for fishing".
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Posted: Sep. 10 2008,12:38

CD seem to be going after the high-end SOT fishing market.  The '09 Kestrel 140 has a a rear well instead of the hatch, and they have just introduced the Zone SOT in fiberglass, 17ft X 24 inches X 54 lbs, rudder included.  Looks pretty intriguing in their catalog.
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Posted: Sep. 10 2008,19:51

CD's "new" Designs

Kestral 140 SOT (with well):



"Zone" SOT:



My observations:

The new "Zone" is simply a stretched version of the 140.  Both have the idiotic placement of a small "day" hatch in the worst possible position, ie between the cockpit and a now out-of-reach well.  It appears that CD just can't make up their mind between a touring design and a real fishing design.

The well appears to be of the larger, slow draining, dangerous variety.  Worse yet, the "day" hatch places it out of reach and dangerously close to the stern.  Both designs rely on second rate, small plastic foot pedals.  Both cockpits are of the slow draining, large water capturing bathtub type.  

These should appeal to the Amercan need for ass room and misplaced need for open luxury.  

I give CD credit for trying but they are yet to understand SOT and/or fishing designs.  Last, both are quite expensive: the Kestral at $1700 and the Zone at, gulp, $2400!  Ah, c'mon guys.

You can buy a number of the superior South African designs for about the price of a Kestral:  the Marlin, Pelican, Dorada and the  Skua.  All will outperform the CD offerings, particularly as the weather gets worse.

Last, it is important to note that neither of these new CD designs offer sufficient rocker to do well outside of relatively calm conditions.  The huge slow draining cockpits, and rearward placed  slow-drain well border on dangerous in bad conditions.


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