Harmony cabin tour – 1978 Centaur B layout

here we go chaps – the first film of the inside


quite a lot of stuff to fix and fiddle

I had a fantastic hail and rain storm while I was aboard – tiny leak in one window

rest seem great

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

24 Responses to “Harmony cabin tour – 1978 Centaur B layout”

  1. 10 February, 2014 at 1:10 pmPaul says:

    Seems quite respectable down below too. If you got her for that coupla grand you kept saying is all you could spend then it looks like you scored a great deal!

    • 10 February, 2014 at 1:45 pmdylan winter says:

      it is sometimes easy to look at a boat and see all the stuff you get and not really look at all the things that need doing to get her fit for the sea

      it was a good price – and I was looking at a lot of much tattier boats than this one

      although the Dutch Centaur was a good boat at a good price too – geographical nightmare

      I would love to say how much but I promised G that I would not say…. yet

      … I shall be selling her in a year’s time to recoup the ongoing investment

      are you interested in a by then well proven Centaur?


  2. 10 February, 2014 at 2:42 pmDavid J says:

    Looks little used and benignly neglected.

    • 10 February, 2014 at 5:24 pmdylan winter says:

      you describe it perfectly – there is lots of stuff – but lots of the mission critical quipment needs attention

      – God bless AA batteries, LED battery nav lights, hand held vhf radios, Etrex GPS.


  3. 10 February, 2014 at 8:51 pmDave Fisher says:

    Seems rather ok too me,

    The fuel filter is on the front of the engine and that’s a water separator on the port side bulk head.
    It will have a drain plug in the bottom so when the bowl starts to look ucky drain the water out.
    As long as the diesel looks a clear red-y golden its fine. Looks pretty good in the video.

    • 10 February, 2014 at 8:54 pmdylan winter says:

      I am still nervous – the tank is stainless steel and it has not been kept full – so there might be diesel bug to get stirred up when I meet some waves so I am going to drain it all and take it to the council disposal place


  4. 10 February, 2014 at 9:12 pmDavid says:

    Great to see the inside of the boat – one thing I have missed since you have had such a well sorted boat in Katie L! I’m sure the Centaur will do you proud – and the engine too. I wish I could help with the electrics, but it looks like a total bunch of knitting as my Dad would have said. Some wires will no doubt need to be traced back through the boat and some of those wires will probably be above the headlining, so I would suggest you look at this first rather than getting the headlining sorted in a hurry. Also, if it were me and I was travelling with family members, I would make one of the priorities a new DSC VHF set if possible. They really don’t cost that much if you shop around and the reliability and DISTRESS button to reassure your family make it a no brainer really.

    • 10 February, 2014 at 9:35 pmdylan winter says:

      You are probably right

      it will be our main way of getting out of real trouble –

      up until now I have relied on my handheld

      the problem is that I really do not know how good it is as I only ever call harbours

      although up until now the phone has always worked – never been off signal

  5. 11 February, 2014 at 12:13 amMark the Skint Sailor says:

    That wiring looks nasty. I can’t believe there are so many individual fuse holders, It’d be nice if they were all routed to a proper (labelled) fuse board. Its no fun groping around trying to find the right fuse when time is tight.

    • 11 February, 2014 at 12:17 amdylan winter says:

      it is a complicated thing to contemplate – layer upon layer of blokes just like me jury rigging it back into action

      Bill is coming over this week and we are going to contemplate the infinite while drinking tea

      I have to say that the slug needed some work on her electrics when I left her and katie L is a long way from perfect – so let he who is without sin cast the first stone

  6. 11 February, 2014 at 10:43 amDianne Cutterham says:

    We only got a half tour in the video! What is in the storage areas under the berths – I bet there are loads of goodies in there!

  7. 11 February, 2014 at 11:51 amowen cambridge says:

    Having lived in Shetland for a few years I feel it might be prudent to point out the mobile signal on my phone rarely got above one bar at the top of Ronas hill and for the most part was dead. The nearest repeator station is Norway.That was a couple of years ago – it may have been sorted by now.Long old trip though. The ferry takes 14 hours.

    • 11 February, 2014 at 6:11 pmdylan winter says:

      I hope we get a signal otherwise no web – it does look a long way – done it on the ferry – only going to do it if the weather gods are being very nice

  8. 11 February, 2014 at 12:28 pmTony says:

    Looking really good.
    The VHF might be fine for a back up if it works, but take the advice and get a DSC set, but remember that any radio is only as good as the aerial, make sure that works 100% as well.

    • 11 February, 2014 at 12:59 pmSteve says:

      She looks very nice…. on the assumption the engine starts, the standing rigging doesn’t need attention and the sails are OK, then a coat of antifoul and I reckon she’d be mostly good to go… you’ve got battery backup for all the main systems… for the VHF – switch it on – if you can hear Solent Coastguard I’d say it was OK… you can always do a signal test on ch 69 ‘natch :o)

    • 11 February, 2014 at 6:11 pmdylan winter says:

      just looked up the mast with binocs – no aerial

  9. 11 February, 2014 at 7:20 pmTony says:

    Ah that could be a problem then!

    Find the aerial wire at the back of the set and follow it as far as you can until you find a cut wire or a nice neat sealed terminal, or even an aerial mounted somewhere other than atop the mast.

  10. 11 February, 2014 at 8:42 pmDavid says:

    There isn’t an aerial near the Radar dome is there – sometimes they put them there but pretty useless in any case – not high enough.

    • 11 February, 2014 at 9:04 pmdylan winter says:

      I might just put an aerial up there though

      for starters I want to fly a pennant from the masthead
      same one I have always used right through the journey


  11. 11 February, 2014 at 9:07 pmDave Fisher says:

    There are various grades of stainless steel, take a magnet next time and see if the tank has any
    “stickiness” Some tanks will rust on the inside and this is as much a problem as diesel bug.
    Nowadays red diesel in some ways is less prone to problems than road fuel which has a higher
    percentage of bio mixed in.
    Wish you were nearer to me as I have a very nice wood burner modified to run on any dirty old

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