Westerly Centaur 26

1969 — 1980
Designer
Jack Laurent Giles
Builder
Westerly Marine
Association
Westerly Owners Association
# Built
2444
Hull Type
Twin Keel
Construction
FG/balsa cored foredeck

Dimensions

Length Overall
25 11 / 7.9 m
Waterline Length
21 3 / 6.5 m
Beam
8 5 / 2.6 m
Draft
2 11 / 0.9 m
Displacement
6,700 lbs / 3,039 kg
Ballast
2,800 lbs / 1,270 kg
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
324 ft2 / 30.1 m2
Total Sail Area
324.2 ft2 / 30.1 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
166.7 ft2 / 15.5 m2
P
29 0 / 8.8 m
E
11 6 / 3.5 m
Mast Height
?
Foresail
Sail Area
157.5 ft2 / 14.6 m2
I
31 0 / 9.5 m
J
10 2 / 3.1 m
Forestay Length
32 7 / 9.9 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Volvo
Model
MD7A
HP
?
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
12 gal / 45 l

Accomodations

Water Capacity
17 gal / 64 l
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
6.19 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
14.59
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
41.79
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
308.22
heavy
Comfort Ratio
26.49
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
1.79
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

The CENTAUR was Westerly’s most successful model and, in anything close to this size range, the most popular British production sailboat ever. It’s thought that all are bilge/twin keelers and a few were delivered with a ketch rig.
A center cockpit/aft cabin version, the CHIEFTAIN, was introduced in 1972.


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