Beam: 8' 6"
This yacht has had a complete stem to stern refit over the last 18 months. The Westerly Centaur was designed in 1968 by Jack Laurent Giles as a more modern and roomier replacement for the existing Westerly 25. She was probably the first mass-production yacht to have had the design tank-tested before a prototype was built, and this, plus Laurent Giles's earlier experience with bilge keel designs, was probably the reason for the Centaur's good performance under sail. Looking at a roomy boat with good headroom and a powerful diesel makes many people regard Centaurs as motor-sailers. They are not - they actually sail very well, although as bilge-keelers they are always going to be slower to windward than similar sized fin-keelers. The sailing performance is helped by carefully designed bilge keels which are handed port and starboard with a two degree toe-in, so that once the boat heels under sail the more vertical leeward keel is developing lift to windward. Above deck, the Centaur remains popular because her deep cockpit and wide side decks serve to create a sense of safety when aboard. Another reason for the continuing popularity of Centaurs is the fact that they are a stiff, powerful boat. Whether sailing or motoring, the Centaur's handling is always predictable. As with all other Westerly Marine yachts the Centaur was massively built. This was partly a result of previous building experience within the company and also a reflection of the state of GRP technology at that time. All Centaurs were built to Lloyds specifications which meant that the building processes were rigorously monitored and all materials had to be approved by Lloyds in order that a certificate could be issued. Although long out of production they still represent excellent value for money, and offer a very tough, seaworthy and spacious (for 26') yacht at low cost.
Engine(s) & Electrical:
Yanmar 35hp diesel (reconditioned unit fitted in 2022). Engine hours in boat: 0. Drive type: shaft (new gearbox in 2022). Maximum speed under power: 6kts. Twin batteries charged from the engine. Shore power. Battery charger.
Accommodation & Below Deck:
5 berths, 6' headroom, cloth upholstery (new in 2022), part carpeted (new in 2022), hanging locker, wet locker, sea toilet, gas cooker (new in 2022), galley sink, coolbox.
Deck & Canvas:
Sloop rig, slab mainsail reefing, headsail roller reefing, genoa (new in 2022), mainsail, 2 sheet winches (reconditioned in 2022), anchor, anchor locker, boarding ladder, forehatch, warps, fenders, sprayhood, mainsail cover.
Navigation & Safety:
ICOM VHF, GPS, compass, LED navigation lights (new in 2022), echosounder, clock, floating lights, lifebouy, harnesses, manual bilge pump.
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Disclaimer: The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.
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