I bought my 1991 Wauquiez Centurion 42 Hull#55 in April 2012. Planned to do Mexico
and some Swiftsure races along with Vic-Maui and possibly Pac Cup etc. Got a pretty deal on her and did the survey
. Hired one of the top surveyors in Seattle
and the boat looked good to him. And to me.
This boat was built in France
, sailed on her bottom to the Caribbean
where she was in the charter trade
for less than one year. The previous owner bought her down in Guadalupe in 1992 (or so) and had a survey
done down there and no problems found with the boat. The PO noted that the boat was missing a bow pulpit and other stuff. It had become the parts
boat for some reason even though it was the newest one down there. That was a red flag. He sailed the boat around the Caribbean
for 4-5 months then trucked her to BC Canada
The boat then did 2 or three Vic-Maui races and lots of Swiftsure races while the PO had her. Simply put, the boat had many miles on her when I got her.
In August 2013, I took the boat (Appa) down from Seattle
to San Fran with a bunch of buds. We encountered a gale while heading down with winds touching 50 knots or so. No big deal really. The boat took a couple of huge hits from the stern quarter but never lost
her footing. In fact, it was a blast.
Once in SF, my wife and kids
joined me (kids 3, 8, 16 years old) and we headed down to SD for the HaHa. We had big wind
rounding Point Conception and busted the autopilot
but the boat did well.
for one year and then I headed but to Seattle via Hawaii
. Both legs of the Hawaii
trip was great fun with winds from 0-40 knots. The Cabo to Hawaii leg was consistent 25 knots of wind
the whole way. Epic run.
OK, now it gets interesting. June 2015 I am fighting rectal cancer and I am on the boat feeling like crap after getting chemo. I decide to do something
with my time and decide to replace the watermaker
line. It runs from the aft cabin
to the watertank under the bunk bed cabin
which is just forward of the main bulkhead and mast
. I run my hand way under the floorboard and then cut my finger on something. It is impossible to view so I take my camera
and snap a photo
The first and second photo
are shot facing aft in the bunkroom. This is the main bulkhead with the crack. The mast
stepped and on just the other side of this cracked area. The wood is old looking and very dry. It appears that the crack is from some time ago.
So this distressed me quite a bit. I have never hit anything and I contacted the old owner and he denies it also. As I wasn't taking on water
and I was on leave from work for cancer treatment, I left it and curtailed sailing which wasn't hard as I didn't feel up to doing much of anything. I did go out sailing once in awhile as if the keel
hadn't fallen off yet, I doubted that a daysail would stress it much.
Last month, I hired a fiberglass
guy. He is known as minaret here on CF. I showed him that damage and we came up with a plan. Drop the mast and keep the boat in the slip while he grinds out the damaged area and also other problems he was finding.
The grid system in my boat had some delamination
at the top of the boxes. These are the photos with the red arrows on them. That is where the delam is. Every box has this. The bottom 5" of the laminate is sound.
Once all that was done, we were going to haul the boat and drop the keel. I was going to check the bolts for corrosion
as I had water
weeping out of the keel/sump joint last time I hauled out in October 2015 for a transducer replacement.
Dropped the mast on March 11th 2016. Saturday I noticed the bilge pump
cycling off and on every 10 minutes. The keel bolts
were leaking. <sigh> Hauled the boat that next Tuesday and started to get the keel ready for coming off the boat.
Minaret used a bowsaw to cut the old 5200ish type of adhesive
off as I loosened the keel bolts
You can see the mast in one photo with the crack. This was after I removed the settee in that area. What a job that was. Definitely had to do destructive testing to find this crack. See those bolts through the bulkhead? Minaret figured that the charter
company tried to fix the broken bulkhead by using epoxy
or something like it by pouring it into the cracked area and then bolting it together. It looked stock. Two surveyors missed this fact. No blame. Just saying.
There is a photo of the shallow sump in my boat with all the bolts off. The backing plates
were rotted out but you couldn't tell from all the goop and the nuts covered most of it.
The photo with the keel shows daylight through the forward part of the keel joint. This was with the boat still resting on the keel and the nuts still tight. Bad layup
or something else?