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Centaur ideas-suggestions

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:22 pm
by Stoker1538
Hello everyone

I've recently bought my first centaur and I've got some big ideas in store for her. Including fitting a tv, fridge, teak decks, and new headlining throughout.

I also want to try and get the auto helm set up and the depth sounder as these appear not to be working yet.

Any modifications people have made and customisations to their boats would be interesting to see. Has anyone managed to make a wet room with a shower? It's a big ask that I think.

I'm located in the Plymouth area if anyone else has a centaur down this way I'd be interested in seeing how you've done your boat up.

Photos would be great


Re: Centaur ideas-suggestions

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:26 pm
by TyroSailor
Hello Alex and welcome.

I don't want to pour cold sea water on your ideas, but it seems to me that the first thing to do is ensure that you have a good, reliable and seaworthy boat with a good (and in a Centaur that means a new) engine, in-date standing rigging, gelcoat/paint in good nick, electrical system neat, tidy and fully functioning, a decent suit of sails and running rigging, plenty of cleats etc. etc. If you've been lucky/careful in your choice of boat (and probably paid plenty for it) and these things are all taken care of, then by all means customise the accommodation as you wish.

An autopilot is a must if you're going to sail single-handed - I have a Simrad Tillerpilot (that came with the boat) which I use all the time. If you have a crew, it's less important. And the echosounder is probably the most important bit of electronics to have, especially if you're ditch-crawling). If you're going to fit a fridge (where?) you could use the space where the cold box is to install a heads holding tank which will enable you to go foreign with impunity. Drooping headlining is a Westerly disease but, to be fair, more caused by the age of the boats rather than any defect, as far as I can see.

A shower is probaby a no-no. You'd need a pressurised hot water system first, and the heads compartment is so small that.... Better to have a black polybag of water heating up in the sunshine and discharge that through a shower head. If you must.

I think I'd have the following extras, once the basics are done. Of course, you may have them already!

Lines brought back to the cockpit (many would regard this as essential, especially if single-handed); calorifier & pressurised water system; warm air heating system; heads holding tank...

But remember that it's a Westerly Centaur, not a Bavaria!

Good luck!

Re: Centaur ideas-suggestions

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:27 pm
by TyroSailor
PS: There will be many Centaurs in the Plymouth area. It seems to be a rule that every marina and mooring has at least one! I nearly (and should have) bought one in PYH.