Centaur with Sponsons

During last night's storm I was sitting on the boat feeling her tugging at the mooring lines and expecting the swell to enter the harbour but the water stayed pretty flat and calm - no-one came down to check the other boats so I assume that it was nothing special for Anstruther.

I was indulging my current obsession for Centaurs and wells and I can across this series of snaps from a bloke who is re-modelling a Westerly Centaur.  He has torn everything out and is building a pair of sponsons on the stern and is going to fit an outboard on a new transom

you can hardly recognise the boat as a Centaur at all


here are some shots of the the stern



and here among the shots is this very handy cut away of the stern of his boat showing the place where my outboard will go


That is an astonishingly small distance from the hull to the waterline - off to look at some old Centaurs today.



This morning I also got these amazing pictures from a bloke called Bruce in......Oz of course.he has converted a Solo to a camp, row, sail expedition boatGoodonya is what I say.CruisingSolo



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9 Responses to “Centaur with Sponsons”

  1. 22 November, 2013 at 7:47 pmJon Sutton says:

    This guy’s efforts seem a wee bit excessive……. raising the coachroof on a Centaur won’t do much for an already boxey appearance.
    I’m fascinated by your idea of an outboard well, keen to see pictures when the project gets underway.
    Just a thought………. how about gas rams to help lift the motor when not in use? Quite small ones seem to lift and hold heavy car tailgates.
    Good luck with the project

  2. 22 November, 2013 at 8:23 pmdylan winter says:

    I agree – but goodonim for trying

    I am planning to leave the outboard in all the time – apart from when I leave the boat. The leg is behind the old prop housing so it will help to ease the flow. if the engine is too heavy I can rig up a purchase using the boom as a derek.

    However, I hefted a 10 hp the other day – not too bad…. I have no idea what a 15 will be like


  3. 7 December, 2013 at 4:18 pmBill Connolly says:

    Dylan, New subscriber here. I posted this on utube after viewing KTL 16 up the Medway. I could find no other video of your trip past the Paper Plants. Did you ever make it thru the locks and did you shoot more video? I can’t help it if I’m a bit anal as they say, but I like to watch things in sequence. here seems to be a blank in the video. The extras also kinda throw me for a loss, but They’re close enough to the events for me to try and figure out where they fit in.

  4. 7 December, 2013 at 4:38 pmdylan winter says:

    I travelled – all the way to the top of the navigation – and jolly nice it was too – I have the films on the hard drive – but I never got around to making the films into vids – sorry abut that Bill. As for the extras…. I did have them in order at one time…. but that confused people who only wanted to watch the proper films….one thing I have learned from KTL is that you can please some of the people some of the time. The early KTL films (those before KTL 1) all belong to google – I am not allowed to put them on my own servers and make them available for download unless I mute the audio – big powerful people those google guys

  5. 7 December, 2013 at 7:23 pmBill Connolly says:

    Hmm! Dont quite know how google works. If you’re allowed to keep the visual part of the films, could’nt you just add new dialog and music to em? You’ve already done a very fine job with the videos you own. They would be a new creation. Always easier to specualte about others doing stuff than doing it myself.

  6. 7 December, 2013 at 7:30 pmdylan winter says:

    well,it was only shot on SD on a cheap camera – at the time I was frightened of drowning my good HD camera

    so that bit needs re-filming and re-mixing – meanwhie they are still on you tube

    I will make an edit list of them for you


  7. 9 December, 2013 at 7:18 pmBill Connolly says:

    Of course you are correct about the quality of the video in KTL 1 vs the later HD videos. A world of difference. Spending a lot of time armchair sailing lately, I notice a tremendous difference in video quality of the many sailors who choose to document their experience. Often good video is spoiled by wind noise which annoys me and takes away from a good experience. I have seen a lot of very good quality video being shot with a little camera called a GoPro. You have stimulated my desire to film some of my own experiences on south florida waters. Sail slow and smell the roses as they say. No longer schlepping out to deep water and running to and fro. Haul up the dagger board and get into skinny water. It might not be as pleasent as yours. W
    e have plenty of Skeeters

  8. 9 December, 2013 at 11:03 pmdylan winter says:

    thanks Bill

    the go pro does a terrible job of the sound – I use one of these for a lot of the stuff I film


  9. 27 August, 2015 at 2:19 amWarren says:

    I idly followed the links to the boat yard where the westerly is being heavily modified in Portland Oregon


    Seem to be a DIY and storage yard full of dreamers loving and building their dream.
    Head scratching stuff but more power to them……my project are way behind and as you say Dylan
    Sail the boat you have not the one you want..
    Life is short…..

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