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Old 01-11-2013, 18:11   #1
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anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

would these boats be considered blue water boats?
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Old 01-11-2013, 18:16   #2
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Re: anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

Do a internet search. Most Wauquiez are true ocean going boats .
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Old 01-11-2013, 18:38   #3
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Do a internet search. Most Wauquiez are true ocean going boats .
I did and there are hundreds out there for sale with almost as many variations. Seem like quality boats, very popular in Europe but I don't care for spade like rudders fro cruising. There good for speed but just look weak and scare me.
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Re: anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

Hal Roth chose one for his last cruiser. That speaks volumes.
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Re: anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

It is a design based on a racing (guess me IOR) lines. Built well. Can be used as a cruising boat and can cross oceans. Beware they are all old boats and with this keel / rudder config you want a sample that has been sailed and maintained well. You also want sharp reflexes.

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It is a design based on a racing (guess me IOR) lines. Built well. Can be used as a cruising boat and can cross oceans. Beware they are all old boats and with this keel / rudder config you want a sample that has been sailed and maintained well. You also want sharp reflexes.

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what do you mean by sharp reflexes?

Yes, the keel rudder configuration does scare me a bit. I'm looking for a starter boat that is blue water capable. I've never owned a sailboat just lots of powerboats.
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Re: anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

The Pretorian is a blue water capable. There is a Wauquiez owners group on yahoo that has many Petroian owners who may be willing to answer any question you may have.
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not only do they do deep ocean, they actually sail.
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what do you mean by sharp reflexes?

Yes, the keel rudder configuration does scare me a bit. I'm looking for a starter boat that is blue water capable. I've never owned a sailboat just lots of powerboats.
Know what the boat is doing and why, and react adequately, without excessive delay ...

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My friends are cruising in a Centurion. They love it.

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Hal Roth chose one for his last cruiser. That speaks volumes.
Yes, and John Kretschmer lists it among his 25 Sailboats for a Serious Ocean in his new book "Sailing A Serious Ocean" just published last month.
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Yes they are a wonderful sailboat and as I remember they don't have a spade rudder, its skeg hung
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Re: anyone know anything about Wauquiez Pretorian 35's

Might want to read the Estrellita blog: SV Estrellita 5.10b.

They have been cruising their Pretorian for a while now and are about to do a post giving their reflections on the boat as a cruising platform.
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Hal Roth chose one for his last cruiser. That speaks volumes.
I hesitate to say that's all the endorsement one should need, because the OP may be unfamiliar with the late Mr. Roth's body of work. But it's safe to say that any sailor who could repair a hole punched through the hull of his boat on a cold beach in 1970s Tierra del Fuego was probably a good judge of boat design.

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Yes they are a wonderful sailboat and as I remember they don't have a spade rudder, its skeg hung
Found a review in Sailing Magazine here which references the full skeg.
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Know what the boat is doing and why, and react adequately, without excessive delay ...

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My friends are cruising in a Centurion. They love it.

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Centurian, that's another brand I'm not familiar with. I never realized how complicated sail boats were until I decided to buy one. There are hundreds maybe thousands of different designs most of which have some merit.
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