Specifications for Kestrel 140 composite
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Kestrel 140 composite
The Kestrel 140 is a very nice kayak. Very efficient, very stable, durable and maneuverable. It's also very light weight and it even looks cool on the water. It is made from the Kevlar, graphite, fiberglass hybrid construction method, a very strong and light kayak. It is a longer version of the popular recreational touring kayak.
Essentially a stretched out version of the Kestrel 120, this model has all the outstanding attributes of its shorter cousin with minor variations.
The Kestrel 140 is outfitted with the same generous cockpit with comfortable thigh braces and a padded high-back seat as the 120 model. An added feature is the Kestrel's bow hatch and bulkhead. The recessed round hatch has a rigid cover for a smooth deckline to reduce spray.
Kayaks are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Composite kayaks are made from fiberglass, kevlar and graphite in different combinations. Fiberglass, is very durable and makes a strong and economical kayak.Kevlar is lighter and very tough so less needs to be used to make a strong and very durable kayak. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar and is used in strategic locations on some models.
Plastic, Super Compound Linear Polyethylene, (SCL) is extremely tough and durable. It is used in the rotomolded models. Cuts or breaks are so rare I have never seen one, even on white water boats. UV inhibitors are blended in to protect from the sun. This is the most economical durable material Current Designs kayaks are built with. The down side is a little bit of flex and a bit more extra weight.
Thermoformed Composite System (TCS). These are made from an Acrylic and ABS plastic laminate. This plastic is stiffer and lighter than SCL polyethylene. It has the look and light weight of a fiberglass kayak, but costs less. For a more in depth description of these materials the Current Designs web site, or a catalog will help. Also feel free to contact us.