Wauquiez Centurion 40s

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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The new Wauquiez Centurion 40s is a good example of the builder's ethos - a fast, elegant and comfortable cruising boat - and is a direct development from the successful Centurion 45 introduced last year. Designed by Berret/Racoupeau, the boat has fairly short overhangs and a long waterline for its length. With only 12 feet, seven inches of beam, the hull is moderately narrow and will be easily driven in light airs and will stand up well to a blow with shortened sail. The standard draft is seven feet, seven inches but a shoal-draft keel is an option.

The design of the cabintop, cockpit and foredeck flow together visually and evoke modern aircraft design - simple, elegant and purposeful. The black windows on the cabin sides add to the chic look. Aft of the cockpit has been ergonomically designed to be as comfortable as possible. Aft, the swim platform folds into the transom when not in use - a feature that worked well on the 45.

Down below, the accommodation plan provides two large sleeping cabins, one in the forepeak and one in the starboard quarter. A large head with a separate shower stall fits in the port quarter where it will also serve as an excellent wet locker.

The U-shaped galley to starboard will be a pleasure to use at sea or in port and is equipped with large double sinks, a large refrigerator and a two-burner stove with an oven. Plenty of counter space will allow the cook to flourish.

The d├ęcor of the 40s is elegant and comfortable. The interior is finished in light-grained teak with matching veneers and white accents. The dinette will sit six around the varnished teak table.

The Wauquiez line is established as one of the design and style leaders in Europe, and with a growing presence in the U.S. should turn many heads at the fall shows.

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