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Centaur Advice Please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:53 pm
by VikingMike

I'm new to the forum so please be gentle with me! A little background to how I found my way here: I've got very little sailing experience other than about 3 weeks (in total) on a replica of the Gokstad Viking longship in UK, French and Scandinavian waters - it's a long story..... But I've always hankered after a boat of my own and after long discussions with my wife we've decided that now is probably the time. Talking to a friends father, he led me towards Westerlys and the Centaur in particular and I've spent a very pleasant few weeks trawling the topics on here and looking at the classifieds to get an idea of costs and what to watch out for. We also have 2 young children to take into account.

So here are the questions:

We live near to Norwich and the Broads, whilst I have little desire for a river cruiser, would the Centaur be able to navigate them to get to the open sea? Also, would there be any recommendations for moorings in that area please?

Initially I looked at A layouts as the double berth appealed and the kids can sleep in the fore berths. But I've since read that the made up bed in the main cabin is short in size and probably won't accommodate my 6ft plus frame, can anyone verify if this is correct please?

If the above proves to be the case, then I'm thinking a B layout will work very well as long as the table drops to make a double berth. It appears that this was an option when buying new but is it also something that can be retro fitted if the right boat comes along?

I think we're going to take the common sense approach and start with the RYA Competent Crew course before buying unless a gem turns up first and then I'll be blagging help to get it to where it needs to go!

Lastly, and not least, if there are any kind folks in Norfolk or Suffolk with a Centaur who wouldn't mind showing me around one at some point it would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for reading


Re: Centaur Advice Please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:03 pm
by Gary-Cottam
Hi Mike,

I have a Centaur based in Wells-next-the-Sea.

I am away for August, but would be happy to show you around in September if nothing sooner or nearer is offered.


Re: Centaur Advice Please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:57 pm
by VikingMike
Hi Gary

We're currently away too so Septmber could work really well and Wells is less than an hour away. Thanks for the offer!



Re: Centaur Advice Please

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:55 pm
by 30wn78
Hello and welcome.
I have a 73/74 centaur B layout.

I'm 6'1" and can fit in the front cabin but its tight. I have made an extension for the saloon bunk that folds and has a self contained leg.
This makes a very roomy bed for one but cosy for two.
The boss and son sleep in the fore cabin for ease of bed times etc.
The quarter berths are a great spot if you don't mind them.

I'm not brave enough (yet) to drop the mast without a crane so that would need to be considered to get out of the broads.
The broads themselves are nice but I found sailing a bit limited, its shallow.
Very safe, very stable. Ride the tides and they are reasonable for speed.

Currently at Titchmarsh Marina Walton-on-the-Naze. Brilliant place I can't praise enough(if thats your sort of thing)
Wells-next-the-sea is a magical place and def on the list as is a bit closer to home.

Best advice I have is steer with the sails first then the rudder when off wind. :wink:

Re: Centaur Advice Please

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:32 pm
by TyroSailor
You have to work the tides otherwise (in the Solent at least) you'll spend a significant time going nowhere. Or backwards. I don't know how the tides compare in your part of the world but it's always* better to have them with you rather than against you!

Always steer with the sails as well as the rudder - quicker, easier on the gear and more seamanlike. For major alterations anyway.
An ex-colleague was skippering a Sigma 38 in the Rouund the Island race several years ago when a boat on port tack failed to give way to him on starboard. The other boat's bow hit them amidships at seven knots and sliced through the side, missing the navigator whi was at the chart table by inches. The damage cost £8000 to repair. All because he'd forgotten to ease the main when trying to bear away!

*Unless you're trying to go as slowly as poss to pick up a buoy etc. Naturally.