I own a 1991 Wauquiez Centurion 42 and recently got back from a year in Mexico
with my family
. We sailed to Hawaii
from Cabo to get back to Seattle
. The boat has been nothing but great. Fast, seaworthy
, great cockpit
(a bit small maybe).
Here are my thoughts-
-The aft berth blows. Pinched at the foot with the cockpit
sole right over your head
if you are sleeping inboard.
- The bunk beds are great for kids
and a bit tight for adults but manageable. Our 4 year old and nine year old LOVE their bunks.
access is better than most. Mine has a small V-drive and the engine
sits on the driveshaft making access to the packing nut tight. Having a dripless shaft seal
makes that less of an issue for me but it could be a concern.
-I have teak decks. Rebunged them and caulked them. No problems. The decks are cored but they are cored in sections. Meaning if you have a leak that gets into the coring, the water
can only go so far. I redid the whole deck
and did not find one area that was wet. Not one. The deck
is also glued down so when I pulled the screws, I hogged the hole out a bit and put epoxy
in it and then bunged it. No more screws.
-Fuel tank is a bit small at 60 gallons. The boat sails
really nice in light wind
so it wasn't that much of a concern but I still carried 40 gallons in jerry jugs for the Hawaii
trip. Nothing on deck as the liferaft
lazerrette is big enough for 6 jugs and the rest I put in the starboard lazerrette.
-I have 140 gallons in water
and a 24 GPH watermaker
. Never had a problem.
-We averaged 150 to 180 mile days while going to Hawaii and about the same going to Seattle
. She is fast also. Reefed waaay down at night to get better sleep. I'll bet we could have had a couple 200+ mile days. Really hard to sleep when the boat is going that fast though.
On the trip to San Fran, we clicked off a 200 mile day while in a gale. Triple reef with the storm jib
. The boat was a blast to drive. Had 6 people with me for that trip. Everyone had fun driving the boat in the waves and wind
. What a great trip!
-Bendy rig. Lots and lots of strings to pull. Runners, babystay, symmetric kite with the foreguy, etc.
is beefy as hell but when they designed the boat, I think they should have had a carrier bearing at the top of the rudder
post also. The rudder in my boat had a bit of a wiggle and the fiberglass
webbing that was holding the rudder stock developed a crack. I had that beefed up in Mexico
and added a carrier bearing to it. Stiff and strong now.
The story goes that the design Ed Dubois wanted the carrier bearing but Wauquiez wanted aft lazerrette storage
. Ed lost
I added a picture of the webbing as it was getting reinforced.
The boat in Seattle is named Satisfaction. Somebody should buy that poor boat. That and I'm sick of answering questions about her. I'm putting it down here so I can cut and paste the next time I get a request for info. My blog chronicled some of the Satisfaction experience and I still get people snooping around asking about that boat.
In 2011 my wife and I made an offer on Satisfaction at $90,000. Went for the test sail and thought the boat was a bit worn out but still OK. Seemed like a well built boat. The insides were used up though. Heater didn't work, etc. Had a friend that worked at Windwork Sailing and Satisfaction was in the fleet for a brief time. Deferred maintenance
is how my buddy put it.
time. The waterline has some small blistering, no big deal.
The new rigging
that was put on in SF didn't seem all that good to me. Had a rigger look at it and he saw some problems but not a deal breaker.
Prop shaft skeg bent.
not working and the windlass
platform was completely soaked with water. Total replacement needed.
Some of this might be fixed.
wasn't working right.
heater wasn't working.
Water maker wasn't working.
My boat's watermaker
wasn't working when I bought her. That was about $1500 to get it running.
The deck didn't seem bad.
NOTE This is my theory. The surveyor found some problems and I backed off the boat. Subsquent surveys found the damage below. I don't have first hand knowledge of this though.
The boat appeared to have been flooded at one point in it's history
. The boat was in Florida
for a time and I think while on the hard
she got water inside. This water sat and sat. Not a problem until the previous owner added limber holes to the forward part of the boat. Then they didn't seal the plywood
. Water got in and rotted the structural forward part of the boat. Cross-members?? Stringers?? Whatever. They are shot.
I think that is why the boat is sitting.
We also found some rot
in the wood by the fuel tank
boat was for sale
at the same time but was listed at $150000. A bit out of my range. At my surveyor's urging though, I went to see what a $150,000 C42 looked like. Much better shape and not used as hard. Newer also.
I think the price
on Satisfaction is pretty good. Lots of work to be done. She would be a great boat once done though.