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Re: First Sailboat - the search
Welcome to SailNet and welcome to sailing. I know this is going to sound way more snarky than I would like but I have sailed these boats, a lot, and I have to say this is probably a very poor choice.
Back in the 1970's I worked at a sailing school in South Florida that imported the Westerly Centaurs thinking they would be decent for the shallow draft of south Florida. When they could not sell them, they used them to teach on.
As it turned out they weren't particularly good to teach on since they were frustrating to sail and did not sail very well, and they weren't particularly good boats for south Florida because when you ran one aground you were permanently planted until a tugboat pulled you out or a big tide floated you (and that area of Florida does not have big tides.)
My job included teaching sailing, putting these things back together and trying to keep them operating. I knew them better than I would ever have wanted. They were useless in light winds and not so great in a breeze, which were the two main sailing conditions down there. These were miserable little boats even back then and much better boats have come along since.
I have to agree with your wife that there is not a Westerly Centaur 26 out there that is worth a 10 hour drive. Do yourself a favor and buy a boat which sails better than these and which were built better than these. Its one thing to buy an 45 year old boat, but at least buy one that was not junk to begin with.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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