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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    He did indeed though I thought this pretty boat was Don Pye.

    I recall reading somewhere that KH stopped being directly involved in the design process when he had to put curves in coach-roofs. However according to Sailboatdata.com (not 100% reliable)it was indeed designed by KH and was first built in 1968, the same year as his stroke so one presumes it was designed beforehand.

    I suppose it is not impossible that KH designed the hull (it is after all terribly similar in silhouette to other designs of his at the time such as the Shaker and Barlovento) and then someone else at H&P did the lid.
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Quote Originally Posted by Judders View Post
    He did indeed though I thought this pretty boat was Don Pye.

    I recall reading somewhere that KH stopped being directly involved in the design process when he had to put curves in coach-roofs. However according to Sailboatdata.com (not 100% reliable)it was indeed designed by KH and was first built in 1968, the same year as his stroke so one presumes it was designed beforehand.

    I suppose it is not impossible that KH designed the hull (it is after all terribly similar in silhouette to other designs of his at the time such as the Shaker and Barlovento) and then someone else at H&P did the lid.
    The bow is very similar to Shaker, i was talking to her present custodian on Saturday whilst standing beside her bow. She is a handsome yacht.
    I understand that David Cooper was working in the yard when she was built
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    I remember seeing the first built Centurion that had been recently launched in Ostend. Wauquiez was on board and my parents went onboard and were very impressed. At the time they owned a Northerney 34, a Holman design. I am pretty sure that Kim Holman did not design the Centurion, but Don Pye did. It has no similarities to Shaker, the basis of the Northerney 34, as it was a fin and skeg design. To my knowledge CR Holman never designed any fin and skeg designs.
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    The chap who used to work in the Wauquiez yard, David Merlot, now specialises in spare parts for the Centurion (such as the teak) and knows the model backwards, as you might expect. Any queries can be addressed to him.
    davidmerlot at orange.fr
    I think he speaks some English.
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Prettier than a She 36? ..... discuss!
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher 3 View Post
    Prettier than a She 36? ..... discuss!
    YES (but then, I'm married to one...)
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Quote Originally Posted by Concerto View Post
    . To my knowledge CR Holman never designed any fin and skeg designs.
    I seem to remember Holman bowing to fashion towards the end of his designing days and drawing a few fin and skeg boats; but that could feasibly have been the company rather than Kim himself.

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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher 3 View Post
    Prettier than a She 36? ..... discuss!
    It is a very short discussion - YES!

    Although I am biased I think the Centurion is one of the prettiest boats of its style/size ever built.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Greetings to fellow Centurion owners. I am very lucky to be the current owner of 'Mayfly' (ex Aeolus IV, ex Lismore) a Mk2 built in 1973. Longer in the tooth members of these pages will recall her in Jeff's ownership. Mayfly is based at Mylor in Cornwall.

    Back in the 1970s my father owned a Mk1 Centurion 'Fiasco of Ashton'. She was rare in that she was built with wheel steering and had the pilot berth saloon arrangement...we raced and cruised her from the Hamble and took her to the Med and back one year. I'd love to know where she is now but last sighting was soon after she was sold in the mid 1980s in Lymington. She had/has a red painted hull but that may have changed...as could the name I suppose! Anyway, if anyone knows her current owner or location, I'd be delighted to hear.

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    Default Re: Wauquiez Centurion 32

    Welcome to the forum Justin, I knew your boat when Jeff owned her.

    I have seen a red-hull Centurion around the Solent in the last couple of years - I seem to recall she was berthed in one of the Solent marinas

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