The second happiest day in a boat owners life,
The first is purchase day.
I have often heard that saying
I always find it a bit puzzling
my experience over owning several boats is that the day you sell them is always a sad one
you invest a lot of memories in a boat
this one took us on an amazing journey around an amazing island
She was designed by a genius for use in British Waters.
for 26 feet she is stiff, forgiving, commodious, easy to live with, takes the ground, deals with the waves.
Magnificent boat a Centaur.
we did the long sail from Chichester Harbour to the Firth of Forth - 500 miles - six days sailing - four nights.
With two fine men
Then Jill and three young adults joined us for the Moray Firth
Dolphins, marvelous harbours, clear water, bright blue skies, sand, big tides
then Jill and I sailed alone up to orkney - magnificent beaches, to Shetland - tidal races, cliffs,, through Yell Sound and south making landfall at Loch Eribol when we could smell the heat
We then slowly sailed south, through the Crinnan and left her on the Clyde.
She was great and I am sad to see her go -
I will miss the headroom. I know that there will be days this summer when I will be storm bound on some pontoon in a scottish three day rainshowerand I will remember with fondness the size of her cabin
I was also sad to see the slug go
The Enterprise, the Tarpon, the Solo, the E Boat , the Sonata, the Seafarer were all good boats - and I was sad to see them go
Boats make me happy. But no-man should have more yachts than he has arses
Right now Katie L will be good for the west coast - she will allow me to get into all sorts of places I couldnot get in a Centaur.
I plan to buy another for the bits around the outside of Ireland and the Channel Isles
So I have kept my lovely red sail
and she will ride the forestay of abother proud Centaur.
Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?424868-I-sold-Harmony-today-small-price-guessing-game#z2AKCtsALAaVgCvj.99
She is ready for the taking. Harmony is probably the best Westerly Centaur to come on the market for years.
She was built in 1979 and has a great 18hp Volvo 2002 which has been lightly used well maintained. It runs like a beaut - she can be heard in several films starting from cold, she can he heard at idle and at speed.
Harmony is a classic B layout with two quarter berths, a double in the bow and a fifth in the saloon. We spent two weeks with five aboard and on one night seven people sat and drank in the saloon - all of them men, five of them German.
The saloon table can be used in the cockpit - under the cockpit tent if it is raining. Jill and I lived aboard her for three months - she is warm, dry and spacious - for a 26 footer.
She is a great sea boat with a good main and a pair of used genoas - one is in lovely nick but needs a new UV strip. I am keeping the red genoa for the next Centaur I buy.
Harmony sits happily on the mud or sand and sails much, much better than her reputation. Over the 500 miles from The solent to the Forth she averaged 4.1 knots with three blokes sailing her around the clock.
The standing rigging is in good condition but of unknown age - it was inspected from top to bottom and tested in the journey around Orkney and Shetland. I am confident that the mast will not fall down.
The hull has been epoxied - her only fault is a bent pulpit from a collission some years ago resulting in a damp spot on the foredeck - currently being controlled and slowly dried with the help of various rubbery unguents.
I will really, really miss this boat.
this is the probably the best advert for a Westerly Centaur in the World