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Westerly Centaur
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Description: Westerly Centaur
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Review Date: Sat September 21, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Extremely well built to LLoyds Specs. 25HP Volvo diesel.Central Marine Air/Heat plus propane cabin heater and stove. AC/DC refrigerator. GPS, Loran, and DepthSounder interfaced to Raytheon RL9 radar and Toshiba 400CDT laptop; and Navico autopilot PC controlled using NavTrek navigation software.I cruise St Pete FL area and plan Bahamas trip shortly. Ham radio, VHF and SSB with APRS locator software.Boat sails well and is always singlehanded. Have powerwinch for anchor and to raise dinghy on deck. Roller furling and main with downhaul. All charts are on PC with GPS overlay of boat location. I use radar proximity alarm and GPS PC/alarm when off shore to get rest or when I am below.Twin-keels are slower, but draw only 3ft for 26ft boat and will standup if aground or on shore. By moving rudder back & forth under engine power can "walk" the boat across sandbars to deeper water.Typical goldcolored Westerly mast.
Extremely well constructed and seaworthy (many have sailed around the world)safe and easy to sail.Excellent, but cozy, liveaboard.

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Review Date: Wed March 25, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Centaur is the "B" layout with galley to starboard and the long dinette table. Volvo MDII B engine is almost bulletproof and at 25hp is plenty of engine.
This is my second Centaur. This first had the MDI engine (10 hp) and it wasn't enought.
I can't say enough nice things about the Westerly. Strong. Well built. Thoughtfully designed. Tons and tons of room. (Most contemporaty 30 footers don't have as much room.) Great family cruiser. Very safe. Deep cockpit with good drains (keep an eye on gate valves on drains however.) Stanks up well in any kind of weather and is stiff and handy, just not fast. Easy to get about on deck and the twin keels make groundings (yes, even with 3 ft draft one sometimes finds real estate under the keel)an upright affair.
On the downside, mildew and the sagging headliner are traditional Westerly problems. Mildewe because the boat is built so tight. (Install vents or use plenty of mothballs and that problem is cured) The sagging headliner is caused by the disintergration of the foam backing. Only cure is to replace headliner.
Would recommend the Centaur as a great, great boat for a family. Room galore, nice to sail, safe, lots of stowage. But it is a boat for someone who doesn't mind being a bit different. You will definately have people coming up and asking about the boat and then admiring all the room and comfort. There are owners associations both in US and UK, but US group hasn't published its newsletter in over a year. If you want the English perspective on sailing, try reading Yachting Monthly, great sailing mag and it has a web site: www.ybw.com. Good luck.
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Review Date: Mon June 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Custom features include Navico steering system, Harken roller furling, dodger with bimini, and propane, 12V or battery operated Igloo fridg installed at head of port after bunk. The rest of that bunk is devoted to storage. Very stiff and solid in all winds. Wonderful liveability and comfort. Classy looking and inviting. One loses speed and high pointing ability with twin keels. Doesn't get there first but always gets there. 10D is a little light on power but sounding like the African Queen is a great touch. Both my wife and I love the boat, and that's saying something.


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Review Date: Sat November 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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twin keel, 26 ft l.o.a., sloop rigged, tiller, pressure water (cold), propane stove, quite stiff under most sea conditions (trans-Atlantic crosser), shallow bilges mean wet feet when any water in them, small hull blisters (few), very roomy for 26 ft, quarter berth best sleeping area, VERY tiny icebox, companionway hatch leaks (built hood), cockpit traveler (built mid-boom on cabin), easy to heat for cold weather sailing, almost the slowest boat out there but a minor problem unless racing.
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Review Date: Sat February 19, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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westerly centaur bilge keel sloop, built by westerly Yachts at Southampton UK. Designer, Laurant Giles.
LOA 26ft.
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Review Date: Tue January 18, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I owned my Centaur for about 8 years and cruised the Great Lakes, Bahamas and SE Florida. As I no longer own the boat, I feel I can evaluate it objectively.

I found the boat to be a very solid boat and was very comfortble crossing the gulf stream in it. The bilge keels and shallow draft are great for the Bahamas and Keys. I really liked the 6-foot headroom and interior space. It's the best I've seen on a heavier 26-footer.

As everyone will tell you, bilge keel boats don't point well or go fast in light winds. However, I found this to be similar to heavy full-keel boats of the same size. Typical problems with the Centaur are leaky bilge keel bolts and leaky forward salon windows due to stress of the attached side stay just above. (I belive this was changed in later models) I personally did not like the orignal boom roller reefing for the mainsail (Had to go to the mast and crank it in slowly in rough weather. Also poor sail shape) and switched to 2-line slab reefing. The anchor chain locker is shallow in front and the chain would pile up and needed to be pulled back into the locker from below. I ended up keeping a chain rode in a box secured to the deck and my backup rope rode in the bilge locker.

After the original volo inboard died, I repowered with a nissan 9.8 extra long shaft outboard and was happy with that. It was lighter, freed up space, no more diesel fumes in the bilge, could remove from the boat, turned the boat very sharply, reversed well and used the same fuel as the dinghy outboard. If it had ever quite on me I would have put the dinghy outboard on the same bracket and had plenty of fuel to use. (I easily motored up the Okechobee waterway with a 3.5 hp outboard after the inboard died) The prop on the 9.8 only came out ocasionally at slow boat speeds in steep chop - mostly when coming out of inlets when the current was against the wind. I motored acoss the gulf stream several times with it with no problems.

While a bit basic, I feel the Centaur is a great value for a solid pocket cruiser.
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