Centaur Interior

I have discovered that the Cox 22 master mariners are as rare as hens teeth. I am keeping my eyes open but each day I also type the legend “Westerly Centaur” into google picture search, set the image date to 24 hours and up comes today’s crop.

I look at them all just to see what is happening and most days another couple come on the market.  I have made an insulting offer on the Edinburgh Centaur with the dead engine. The bloke is asking 3.3 K and I have asked if he will accept 2K.

It has no spray hood – which is bad – but judging from the snaps, the rest of the boat looks old but servicable

While looking I came across this Centaur


The interior has been well fettled


westerly Centaur interior 1 westerly centtaur fron cabin cockpit westerly centaur Westerly Centaur on pontoon

westerly centaur engine westerly Centaur bog

before scoffing though gents

this floor pattern has a fine history

this is Nelson’s cabin on the Victory



This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

22 Responses to “Centaur Interior”

  1. 24 July, 2015 at 11:31 amChris Rayner says:

    The agent’s blurb suggests four can sleep in the cockpit. I think not.

  2. 24 July, 2015 at 2:58 pmMartyB says:

    Trying to picture that. A shortie across the stern, one on each bench and another on the cockpit floor? No thank you.

  3. 24 July, 2015 at 3:11 pmAquaplane says:

    Was the vanity sink in the head an optional extra? I can’t remember seeing it on the list I saw. We don’t have one, and I had to make my own infill for the forecabin.
    I can’t say much about the flooring, it’s what is in our bathroom and toilet at home :)

  4. 24 July, 2015 at 5:14 pmcagey says:

    That floor would give me nightmares! What could he have been thinking?

  5. 24 July, 2015 at 7:23 pmApplejack Jim says:

    Not sure about the long curtains next to the cooker? Or are they ‘slide mounted tea towels ™’ ?

  6. 24 July, 2015 at 9:06 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Nice boat. I suspect they meant it sleeps 4 “in the cabin”, not the cockpit, although it must be tight getting into that quarter-berth BEHIND the rear dinette’s backrest.

    Checkerboard and diamond-patterned painted oilcloth flooring has a long nautical tradition, and was very popular here in the States during the Colonial and post-Independence period before rugs could be machine-made. Especially for entry halls, reception rooms and dining rooms. …Running the pattern up the bulkheads, not-so-much.

    I like the slatted cockpit seats and floor…easier to keep dryer and “stuff” dryer. And it looks like fresh-water cooling for the diesel which saves on a lot of corrosion.

    Looks 95% ready to journey-in. Can you trailer her North? Or another epic sail up the east-coast?

    • 24 July, 2015 at 9:24 pmdylan winter says:

      sail for sure – grab the adventure

      however, I would prefer the one in scotland with an engine swap

      there is also a sniff of a westerly pageant in Ireland for 2K

      good engine apparently

      I was phoned the other night but the man has now gone quiet

      waiting for snaps or a reply to an email


  7. 24 July, 2015 at 10:32 pmAquaplane says:

    A Pageant is 3′ shorter, as I’m sure you know. Where do you sleep on a Centaur? We use the forecabin and leave the saloon as living space, not sure you could get 2 grownups in a Pageant forecabin.

    The saloon is about the same though, I think some of the 3′ is lost in the short half of the V berth to make room for the bog.

    • 24 July, 2015 at 11:19 pmdylan winter says:

      when there were five aboard we both slept in the bow

      when it was just us then she generally slept in the bow and I slept in the saloon

      she needs much more sleep than me

      I like the idea of the smaller Centaur and a newer engine

      however, we will see what transpires


  8. 25 July, 2015 at 11:24 pmSteve says:

    You can’t beat a wheelhouse for keeping cosy though….

    • 26 July, 2015 at 8:11 amdylan winter says:

      I agree… but now that I have looked….. small motor sailors are hard to find. A cosy interior that jill can use under way and a decent spray hood will help a bit. I have looked and failed to find a candidate boat.

  9. 26 July, 2015 at 1:53 amTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Well, the one in Scotland is;
    a. already in Scotland, and
    b. has the more desirable “B” interior with the L-shaped saloon-table sette’.

    I went back and looked at your posts on the Centaur engine well from 2013. They certainly were popular here in the States in the 1960 and 70s for boats between 26-30 feet with the outboard in the lazarette aft of the rudder in the overhang. Bristol and C&C built a number of different designs with wells, as the the prolific designer Carl Alberg. In-part a gasoline outboard — and it’s tank — in the lazarette provided an alternative to the then-ubiquitous Atomic-4 and the dangers on gas-fumes in the bilges. It wasn’t until safer, smaller “lightweight” diesels that American builders started to move the motor back inboards on sailboats.

    Your conceptuals would have the engine more-forwards in front of the rudder where it should stay immersed better than a transom-mount in pitching seas or a riverine short-chop. Cleaned-up, the former engine compartment could be utilized for additional storage and maybe some additional water tankage. And you can always add a radar-arch like ‘Harmony’ has, that pushpit looks like it need reinforcing and straightening anyway.

    • 26 July, 2015 at 8:09 amdylan winter says:

      The outboard well thing would work and it would get me a dead reliable power source. I am still nervous about diesel engines. I am not keen on the idea of being somewhere in the outer hebs and encountering a problem with the engine or with lobster pots. The well forward of the rudder would also be excellent. I have sailed a Hurley with an outboard behind the rudder and it was a strange and discombobulating experience. The downside is that the cockpit would be very noisy – but I have that already. The water might slop up a bit – although in Harmony the water never came back up the cockpit drains.

      I would not bother fitting a radar arch.

      the extra space would be useful on board – great place to store the bikes


  10. 26 July, 2015 at 4:33 pmjohnny green says:


    Take a peek, I too was looking for a Centaur when I came across a fantastic Pageant, re-engine, diesel cabin heater, new electronics and disc VHS radio. Made the man a cheeky offer and the silly fool accepted it so I became the new owner. Absolutely no regrets, everything a Centaur is, sails incredibly well on a 19 foot waterline. The only thing I will say is it is advertised as 5 berths, in reality I would say 3. 1 in the fore cabin, 1 on the converted saloon table (small double) and one in the port side quarter berth.

    • 26 July, 2015 at 4:41 pmdylan winter says:

      that is good news

      there will only be two of us on board – the full centaur of last summer was a one-off

      it all depends on the engine


      • 26 July, 2015 at 5:34 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

        Interesting, it looks like the mast is on the coach-roof like the KatieL, rather than being keel-stepped like a Centaur. That might be a real advantage for river sailing.

        I wonder it she’d fit on your trailer for the KatieL? Probably need to modify or build a different trolley for the existing trailer. Both boats being trailer-able would give you more flexibility in future years, and are self-loading and can be used to store on the hard.

        • 26 July, 2015 at 6:34 pmJustin says:

          Centaur masts aren’t keel stepped. I remember taking one down in Holland when a bridge was stuck closed and it ment either take it down or sail back 2 days! It wasn’t easy with 2 blokes and 2 women but we managed it and put it back up again which was pretty hard without a crane.


  11. 26 July, 2015 at 5:50 pmWarren says:

    I quite like the checkerboard pattern in the boat pictured. Makes a refreshing change.
    I’m she you have seen this centaur, it’s had a hard dog house fitted
    Possible the best of both worlds but prehaps the hard top could be bigger, wonder if it has canvas to extend it.
    Apparently 18884 views of this so what is the problem?

  12. 26 July, 2015 at 6:16 pmWarren says:

    Looking thru way to many listings……I cam across this unfortunately new boat but it does have what you need
    And outboard in well OR inboard
    Clever them Pols.

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