Having seen Chichester Harbour I am determined to explore it by duck punt.
Outside of the confines of the Essex and Suffolk salt marshes I have never seen such perfect punting territory and I am determined to explore it in the winter before it becomes clogged with boats.
I have never seen so many Centaurs in one place - six in one boatyard was the maximum number. I now know that I want an A layout Centaur ashore in Chichester Harbour.
I want one with a decent inside but a recently jiggered engine. If it is the right boat I can go to £2,000.
I want to buy the boat on the harbour, move it to one of the marinas - Thornham Marina , looks perfect.
For starters the staff were lovely to this weird bloke asking about old Centaurs who strolled in out of the blue on Saturday morning. They have acres of good yard space, electricity in the yard, some great drying pontoons
- and I love a drying pontoon.
For starters they are cheaper than all tide pontoons, you can get to the boat at any time so night time arrivals by car means that you can safely get aboard and doss down until the water arrives. Also while e aboard waiting for the weather to change you also have the pleasure of watching the tide come and go.
I love the difference between high and low tide.
I love lying in the boat and feeling the tide come back. I really love it when it is blowing a hoolie and the boat has her keels firmly embedded in the mud. So chaps -
I want to buy one of those fifteen or twenty A layout early production run, spade ruddered abandonned old Centaurs that are in those yards around that lovely harbour.
Once she comes to me and I am working on her I shall have the duck punt with me - between coats of paint I shall go for some splendid low tide sails around Chichester Harbour.
Then once the conversion has been done I shall sail the Centaur into every nook and cranny at high tide. I really want to do this while the flocks of winter migrants are still around. So chaps.... please help me to find the perfect boat.
I am not asking much, she is not pretty, she does not have a functioning engine, her electrics are shot, the berth cushions have seen their best days, her sails were dry stored.
She is there, in that harbour where all her sisters were born.
I want to give at least one of those early boats a second chance at life - as opposed to thier otherwise ineviatble meeting with a JCB and a skip.
Here are the snaps and the keel images - three possible boats - none of them are on the market.... yet.
other boats and good centaurs
two old Mirrors