Sadler 26 v Westerly Centaur

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Although I'm a dedicated Sadler29 owner, my guess is that between the S26 and a Centaur, the Centaur would actually suit YOU better. The S26 will be far more spirited to sail..............but a lot more headroom and living space in the Centaur.

Of course, I would suggest you stretch the budget to a Sadler29 :D
 

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Like a pretty girl on your arm the Sadler would sit nicely.

The Centaur on your arm might just be a little more faithful but would not turn so many heads.
 

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If you want s stable, roomy camera platform then the Centaur is for you. If you want an engaging sail where performance and pointing ability are more important then the Sadler would be better.
 

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Everything important has already been said.

The Sadler is also of course unsinkable, and uniquely sailable when swamped.

Pretty too in a classic style. And the headlining won't ever fall down.
 

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I know I am biased, but don't limit yourself.Think about a Macwester 27. (Not the 26. )
Find one with a good engine and good sai....but you know all that, don't you.
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Another vote for the Sadler, when we were buying our first boat, the Centaur ticked far and away more boxes that anything else when it came to accommodation for the price, but Lesley gave it the thumbs down before we'd even stepped on board: "There's no way we're not going sailing in one of those, it's just ugly."

If you're still open to other suggestions, then look at the Albin Vega; that's what we bought and in ten years of extended/live-aboard cruising, we never regretted our decision.
 

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Ah, but can you put an outboard well in a Sadler?

I reckon you could.

I have been sort of offered the longish term use of a Sadler 26 - hence the interest

but drilling a well in the back of the cockpit might come as a surprise to the loaner

it is funny I felt rather stylish in my Centaur. I had no idea they were regarded as such a shed

 

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There was a bloke next to us on the yard (I must declare an interest, I own a Centaur) who had the Sadler his take was that it was too light. The Sadler would be more fun until you sailed into a lively sea when it didn't have enough weight to muscle through the waves, whereas the Centaur did.

Of course that could be utter tosh as I never sailed the Sadler and he sold it a week later.
 

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There was a bloke next to us on the yard (I must declare an interest, I own a Centaur) who had the Sadler his take was that it was too light. The Sadler would be more fun until you sailed into a lively sea when it didn't have enough weight to muscle through the waves, whereas the Centaur did.

Of course that could be utter tosh as I never sailed the Sadler and he sold it a week later.

Centaur 6700 lbs./ 3039 kgs.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=671

Sadler 26 4000 lbs./ 1814 kgs.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3311

of course you can always reef

D
 
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it is funny I felt rather stylish in my Centaur. I had no idea they were regarded as such a shed

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I like them and always wanted one. FWIW I think they look like proper boats. Having said that I am sure that a Sadler is a good boat and if you can get the use of one then go for it. It will be a learning experience and you might find that you prefer it to a Centaur or, on the other hand, you like a Centaur better. Decisions, decisions!
 

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Centaur 6700 lbs./ 3039 kgs.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=671

Sadler 26 4000 lbs./ 1814 kgs.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3311

of course you can always reef

D

That is the Sadler 25 you linked to - not the 26 which is 4800lbs. Same ballast ratios and Sadler is a bit lighter for for length, but has same ballast ratio and greater sail area for length. Is a much sportier boat particularly with a fin keel, but twins are deeper than Centaur and no doubt will sail better. Much more compact down below, but lots of other attributes that set it apart. Would not necessarily appealed to the same buyers when new.
 

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I bought a Centaur because they look like capable seaworthy little boats, which they are.
I wouldn't want to own a small racing boat again because they are too much like hard work, especially beating into a chop when the gin keeps getting spilt.


I think that while one has the blocky sturdiness of an old Landy the other is more like an Audi

In the short term I will be sailing Katie L in the Moray Firth - but as soon as the weather goes cruddie I have to park the boat up, get in the car and drive home.

The plan is to get a boat with more room in it for the following two seasons on the West Coast
 
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