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    Default Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Looks too good to be true. Great wet locker. Beautiful lines. Not to expensive.

    Any thoughts, observations or experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judders View Post
    Looks too good to be true. Great wet locker. Beautiful lines. Not to expensive.

    Any thoughts, observations or experiences?
    contact Kurrowong Kid
    the Kid owned one for many yrs & cruised her extensivly
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    Said Kid replying! Had a Mark 1, No. 124, for 16 years and have now sold her to my son. Wauquiez made just under 400 of them. A quality job, with very strong hull and a lead keel. Good points: very seaworthy, sails well in all conditions except F3-I dont know about F8 upwards! Will ghost well and with F4-6 and some good sails is quite quick and very dry for a 24ft. waterline boat. Excellent cockpit and navigatorium. Good seaberths and roomy dinette (there was also a version with pilot berths). Good stowage. Roomy forepeak. Easy to get forward. Reasonably roomy heads. Dries out easily and level.
    Not so good points: Awkward galley to work because of sloping engine compartment door which restricts foot space. Poor headroom in forepeak. Very short offset propellor shaft can cause P bracket to work loose if engine alignment slightly out. Will steer OK astern once she is moving, but offset propellor means turning circle going forward is much better to starboard than port.
    Most owners keep them a very long time, they rarely come up for sale. Met a Dutchmen (82) in Ostende who said " I bought mine new in 74 and have never seen a reason to change her". Met another owner in West Mersea last year who had owned his since 1988. The original Volvo MD2b's are getting a bit long in the tooth now. A German owner told me that his research suggested that only the Beta 28hp. (or the later 25) would fit if re engineing. When I eventually had to change the engine his words turned out to be correct.
    For extended cruising for 2 she was ideal, for 3 comfortable and for 4 a bit of a squash. We cruised over 10,000 miles in her and she gave a lot of pleasure.

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    Talking oyster compares?

    Hope that fancy boat she forced you to buy stands comparison!

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    Default Vadis

    Here is a link to a note I posted on here a couple of years ago about the Centurion 32 'Vadis' and her intrepid crew Jon & Genevieve who sailed from England to New Zealand with their baby daughter Skye (and an extra wee crew member joined them soon after arriving down under).

    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110897

    Apart from the Kid, Aeolus Jeff of this parish also has a Centurion and his signature mentions the Centurion website - http://users.swing.be/FDB/centurion/index2.html
    Here is a useful guide to Barbados - http://www.doyleguides.com/barbados/

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    Default Deck stepped mast.

    I believe you have to look out for softening of the core especially around the mast step? I looked at one about 4 years ago and there was extensive core damage around the mast foot.
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    I think I am correct in stating that the Mark 1 had a solid GRP deck; I therefore presume that the Mark 2, which was different, deck must have some sandwich construction. Certainly the Mark 1 has a substantial mast support post through the saloon to the front of ther hog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumblefish View Post
    I believe you have to look out for softening of the core especially around the mast step? I looked at one about 4 years ago and there was extensive core damage around the mast foot.
    That sounds a bit strange - I am not aware of any Centurions having a core. I sail a late 1972 one and she certainly does not have a cored deck. Mine and all others I know of have a substantial support leading down to the keel - no possibility of any problems with that.

    As others have said she is a very well built boat, even by the standards of the day and certainly compared to modern boats. She sails very well - especially in stronger winds. I have sailed her singled handed in F8/9 and always felt very confident - the more it blows the happier she seems to be. However she does have a tendency to be rather wet going to windward in >F6, particularly in rough seas.

    The sail plan is a typical IOR style - with a tiny main and (potentially) a large 150% Genoa. As such the headsail is more important than the main in terms of

    The original MD2Bs are good engines, although having only two cylinders it is rough in comparison with a newer 3 cylinder. However they are very robust and will last almost indefinitely if properly maintained. I have just had mine out of the boat to give it a thorough clean and paint and the engineer reckons it is good for another 10-15 years yet.

    The offset prop can be challenging in reverse if it still has the original 2 bladed prop. I replaced mine with a 3 blade folding Gori and that transformed the handling in reverse.

    Accommodation works very well, especially at sea/underway, but is very restricted by modern standards. In particular the forepeak has restricted space for an adult - particularly if the "V" section is used that converts it to a double, but great for young children. She works very well with 4 on board but would be cramped with more than that for any period of time. I have also never quite got to grips with stowage, all the lockers seem to be odd shapes!

    As a sailing boat for 2-4 people you could hardly ask for better. We've owned Bedouin for 10 years and have no plans to change. If you want a floating caravan to motor between marinas then look elsewhere.

    Jeff / Aeolus IV also sails a Centurion but I think his is up for sale now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludd View Post
    Hope that fancy boat she forced you to buy stands comparison!
    An hotel boat for geriatrics! Does the business very well.

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    Here is an old advertisement I found from 1973 - the Centurions have had an excellent racing record, and I guess they should still have a pretty good rating today with age allowance (?)


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