Great spec, shoal-draft, ‘owner’s layout’ Berret-Racoupeau designed Wauquiez Centurion 40S aft cockpit cruising yacht. Launched in 2005, never used for charter and boasting a great fast cruising inventory including a recent and almost unused North 3DL sail wardrobe.
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MOYANA TOO is a beautifully presented and very well equipped ‘owner’s layout, shoal-draft example of the Berret-Racoupeau designed Centurion 40s performance aft-cockpit cruising yacht from Wauquiez Yachts. Achieving a perfect balance between superb sailing performance and real comfort, she can be easily sailed single-handed thanks to her powered Andersen winches, and her long mainsheet traveller set just forward of the large-diameter helm wheel.
Constructed in 2005 and with just three owners since new, MOYANA TOO was purchased by her current French-based owner in 2022 after an extended period ashore under guardinage care during Covid.
Her specification highlights include:- • Teak laid side decks • 1.85m lead-ballast shoal-draft keel option • North Sails 3DL Marathon mainsail and genoa • North Sails gennaker and storm jib • Upgraded Andersen electric winch package with powered secondary and halyard winches • 2-cabin, ‘owner’s’ layout with master cabin forward and large double VIP cabins. • Aft heads with separate shower cubicle. • Teak joinery • Yanmar 54hp diesel engine with Saildrive gearbox and 3-bladed MaxProp • Removable pole for gennaker • Removable inner forestay • Harken deck gear plus Frederiksen ball-bearing battencar system for fully-battened mainsail • Webasto diesel fired hot air cabin heating system • Alcantara upholstery • Holding tank • Raymarine instrument package with radar/chart plotters at helm and chart table and autopilot with remote control • Sprayhood, bimini and sun awning • Solar panel • Underwater lights at stern
French registered and EU VAT paid, MOYANA TOO is now offered for sale as her experienced owner (MOYANA TOO is his third Wauquiez) is now considering a change of cruising grounds and type of boat.
There’s a new generation of 40-somethings designed to appeal to other 40-somethings. I refer, of course, to the group of 40-foot cruiser-racers aimed at folks who are not over the hill but have passed the hair-shirt-racer stage of life. The Wauquiez Centurion 40s is a nice example of this type, with attractive, comfortable accommodations ensconced in a fast, handsome hull powered by a big, competitive rig.
The deck is all business, as a racing boat’s deck should be, and the teak-topped seats compliment both security and esthetics. The effective antiskid, long grabrails on the low cabintop, and solid lifeline anchors are valuable on any boat. It was easy to reach about half the length of the boom from the cabintop without tripping on exposed lines; a fiberglass panel covers halyards and reef lines as they run aft. A big roller on the bow and a windlass inside the large foredeck locker will handle anchoring tasks with no sweat.
I found it easy to enter and leave the cockpit even though seatbacks are high; this is a nice bit of design that many other builders don’t get quite right. The cockpit is tapered, so the forward end is narrow enough for bracing feet as the boat heels while the aft end is broad enough for crew activity during racing maneuvers. From a distance the transom appears to be flat, but it opens to reveal a well-designed stern platform with boarding ladder. There’s plenty of stowage in the cockpit.
There are racing features everywhere. The mainsheet is double-ended, the wheel is large and runs in a trough, and winches are placed for efficient access by the crew. I especially appreciated the handy line-tail lockers near the companionway, as the rope spaghetti that can accumulate in the cockpit and cabin is a hazard when the action gets hot.
A few steps down the companionway ladder take you to an exceptionally pretty saloon, and there’s a wet locker in the head to port for your dripping foulies. Tall sailors will appreciate this space, which is open and unobstructed overhead for its entire length and has ample headroom. An attractive combination of padded vinyl, fabric, and wood trim sets off the saloon; our test boat had a lovely muted color scheme.
The L-shaped galley has a front-opening fridge and separate freezer. The stovetop cover does double duty as a serving tray or extra counter space. The deep double sink is near the centerline, and anchor rings for a stove safety belt are standard. The head compartment is mostly fiberglass and should be easy to clean. There’s a large separate shower stall. The nav station is efficient and well organized, with enough table space for a chart book and enough panel space for a plotter or radar display.
Stowage space is well distributed throughout the boat. Sizable cabinets in the saloon, hanging lockers and cabinets in the forward and aft cabins, and enclosed storage in the galley will contribute greatly to safety under way and convenience at rest, whether racing or cruising. Overhead clearance is good in the aft cabin. The double berth has reading lights, and the layout of this space and of the forward cabin with its V-berth is conventional.
I sailed one of the first four boats off the production line on a cool, overcast Chesapeake day with 8 to 9 knots of breeze. The boat accelerated easily to just over 6 knots and was quite easy to keep in the groove. The wheel action was a joy, with instant response to pressure but no squirreliness or erratic tracking if the skipper’s mind wandered for a moment.
The boat handles as well under power as under sail, with a one-length turning circle both to port and to starboard.
Sail Magazine – 2004
2005 Wauquiez Centurion 40s ‘MOYANA TOO’ for sale – Asking Euro 145,000 EU VAT paid – full details here
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