stripped out Centaur

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the secret agents are out and looking for a Centaur for me - even the blokes who think the whole well idea is insane

I recently got an email; from Steve who sent me a couple of snaps of this boat in North Wales - not a great location for a project but still worth finding out more.


I called the number on the notice - left a message - and the bloke came back to me.


the boat is completely stripped - n ot a sausage in engine, no galley, no wiring  loom, nada


why do people do that - buy an old boat, strip it bare, chuck loads of perfectly good gear in a skip and then dump the project.


the hull is now worth no more than the scrap value


1.2 tonnes of keel and the aluminium for the mast - then you have a hull to chop up and put in a skip





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10 Responses to “stripped out Centaur”

  1. 12 December, 2013 at 3:23 pmMartin Roberts says:

    Hammocks, buckets, swinging cooker – would still work well.

  2. 12 December, 2013 at 5:04 pmjon sutton says:

    Maybe a bit more of a project than you had envisaged, but a good opportunity for someone.
    Chance to get the layout that they want, which in my case would be a single berth and a lot of stowage

  3. 12 December, 2013 at 6:06 pmdylan winter says:

    way, way too much – I also need all the berths


  4. 12 December, 2013 at 6:07 pmdylan winter says:

    too spartan even for me

  5. 14 December, 2013 at 9:44 amRon says:

    Might make a good hen house :)

  6. 14 December, 2013 at 10:35 amLuis says:

    The problem is that fibreglass is indestructible and has close to zero recycle value.

  7. 14 December, 2013 at 10:38 amdylan winter says:

    sadly, you are correct, it will never be worth putting back on the water – a good boat trashed

  8. 16 December, 2013 at 2:56 pmRob Hoffman says:

    About the same condition our Pageant was when we got her. Lot of work and resources to bring her back, but the upside is being able to build out like you want.

  9. 7 April, 2015 at 10:36 pmjean jacques says:

    hi, Dylan… You don’t object my being French, say?
    I purchased a Westerly Centaur six month ago, and I chose this one a random, just because it was for sale when I was searching one. I found the price a bit high at first, bue since the nutshell seemed to be in good condition, I said it was okay even though I had to bring 10 000 € for a boat of the mid-70’s.
    But now I don’t regret it, specially when I heard you say on the clip that you have always sailed and chose the very same boat I did by knowledge. That must mean something for sure !
    Here we’re in Britanny. Port of Morgat in the Crozon peninsula, just south of Brest in the Douarnenez bay. I’m sure you know it and maybe you came here one day?
    I’ve been also a seaman since I was 18 and I’m now 61, but I always served and still serve in the merchant navy as an engineer, so I’ve gotta learn everything about sails and wind, but that’s where the challenge is tempting, especially on a reliable boat which is MINE for a change !
    Congratulations for your cruise to the Shetlands and kind regards,


  10. 7 April, 2015 at 10:39 pmdylan winter says:


    my critique of the French is from the 1300s – when you sacked ports all along the solent – but it was a long time ago so you and I can be friends

    oh hang on…. you had another go at invading us in 1745 in cahoots with the Scottish – but that was a long time ago so you and I can be friends

    Oh hang on…. that old Napoleaon bloke had a go at us as well – but we can be friends

    the Centaur is a fantastic boat and I shall buy another when I come to do the outside of Ireland

    the Centaurs hold their price for a a good reason – they are excellent – very safe

    I plan on visiting your side after I have been to the channel islands


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