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Wauquiez Centurion 40


ashore Hampshire


Henri Wauquiez, Neuville en Ferrain, France






39' 7"

Sail area

1,098 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


32' 10"



The Centurion 40 is a fast, elegant and highly seaworthy cruiser designed by Rob Humphreys and Ed Dubois, built by the quality French manufacturer Henri Wauquiez. Although she has seven berths, she is ideal for two couples, as she has separate heads by the fore and aft cabins. This 1988 example has the optional shallow draught lead bulb keel and an excellent inventory including a silenced diesel genset. Afloat in Hampshire, she will be coming ashore shortly.


13' 5"


Forecabin, forward heads, saloon, aft heads and aft cabin


5' 3"




9.5 tons


Volvo diesel


3.6 tons



Keel type

Lead Scheel keel and spade rudder


Wauquiez is named after Henri Wauquiez, who built his first yacht in 1965. Wauquiez boats were always more expensive than those from other French builders, the company sometimes being referred to as a boutique yacht builder. Wauquiez aimed to build boats with the same combination of performance and quality as Nautor Swans. Most early Wauquiez boats were designed by Holman & Pye, and many of the later boats by Ed Dubois. Beneteau acquired Wauquiez in 1997, and sold the company on in 2008 to Group Experton-Revollier, a major French industrial company. Wauquiez is still currently building cruising yachts from 42 to 57 feet.

The Centurion 40 was designed by a collaboration of Ed Dubois and Rob Humphreys, and was said to be a fast cruising derivative of the very successful One Ton Cup racer "Jade", a Humphreys design. The result is a fast cruising boat with serious offshore abilities. Henri Wauquiez himself owned a Centurion 40 for many years, his own boat only being sold on after his death in 1999.

The Centurion 40 is one of a series of Centurion branded yachts built by Wauquiez over the years in sizes ranging from 32 to 61 ft. The 40 was built with either a deep lead keel giving 7' 6 draught or a lead bulbed keel giving just 5' 3 " draught - this yacht being the much more practical for cruising shallow keel option. The keel is a "Scheel keel", this type of keel being a modified bulb with a concave upper section giving some of the hydrodynamic advantages of a wing keel without the wing keel's serious disadvantages when drying out.

The Centurion 40 was built from 1988 to 1993, with 33 boats built. There was also a later Centurion 40S model built from 2002 to 2007 with over 100 built.

Centurion 40 for sale

Moored beam

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Wauquiez Centurion 40 for sale

Despite the low profile of the coachroof, saloon headroom is 6' 6" maximum, lowering slightly to 6'1 in the heads

Saloon - Centurion 40 for sale

All the upholstery is blue leather

Forecabin berths
Forward heads

The Centurion 40 has two heads compartments, the forward heads having a holding tank

Accommodation plan
Saollon forward

Under the forward starboard saloon seat is a Fischer Panda 4.5Kw diesel genset in a silenced GRP casing

Fischer Panda genset
Saloon table

Photographs October 2021

Saloon aft
Chart table
Aft cabin

The aft heads has a separate shower area, an electric marine WC and a hinged pull-out washbasin

Aft heads
Aft heads basin

The original 40 hp Volvo MD2003T turbodiesel was replaced in 1994 with a 59 hp Volvo MD22 non-turbo engine. Access to the "front" of the engine, and top and sides is from panels in the aft cabin, and gearbox and exhaust access (at the "back" of the engine ) is from under the removable companionway steps.

Hull and keel
Wauquiez Centurion 40 for sale

Photographs October 2021


The sail cover seen in these photos is a spare one - a newer stackpack cover is on the inventory


A Lofrans electric windlass is inside the anchor locker

Deck aft
Cockpit forward

Sails are by North and include two roller genoas, one 145% and one 125%, a fully battened mainsail and a spinnaker.

The standing rigging was replaced in 2012, but this was done by the previous owner and we have no record of this.


Wauquiez boats are definitely a cut above most other French marques in terms of build quality, and this Centurion 40 is a well looked after example of this powerful cruiser. She has a fast hull and a big rig, but good deck gear including large winches (one electric) make this very manageable even shorthanded.

Inventory: preliminary details only

Engine details

Volvo Penta MD22L 59 hp freshwater cooled four cylinder 2.0 litre diesel, installed new 1994.

Fuel tank capacity

190 litres in two stainless steel tanks


Three bladed Maxprop feathering prop on shaft drive


4 x 142AH services batteries and separate engine start battery

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and shorepower battery charger. Fischer Panda 240 volt 4.5 KW diesel genset, with switch to select shorepower or genset power.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Kemp alloy keel stepped spars with rod kicker and S/S standing rigging reported new 2012. Hydraulic backstay and towable genoa cars.


North Sails fully battened mainsail with Stackpack and lazyjacks


North Sails 145% radial cut furling genoa

Genoa furling

Facnor LS180 furling gear

Other sails

Diamond Sails 125% crosscut furling genoa


North Sails gennaker


North Sails spinnaker

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 55 self-tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 44 self-tailing

Other winches

1 x Lewmar 40 electric winch on coachroof for main and genoa halyards, plus one Lewmar 43 and three Lewmar 30 control line winches

Bower anchor

15 Kg Rocna

Anchor windlass

Lofrans electric windlass




Raymarine ST6002 with Type 2 Linear drive

Steering compass

Plath on binnacle

Warps & fenders



Sprayhood, cockpit cushions, cockpit table

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine SL72 7" monochrome LCD radar


Raymarine Axiom 9 MFD on binnacle - new 2019


Trimble 200D GPS


Raymarine - new 2019


Raymarine i50 - new 2019

Depth sounder

Raymarine i50 - new 2019


Raymarine i60 - new 2019


Raymarine i70 at chart table - new 2019

VHF radio (fixed)

Standard Horizon Matrix with DSC

VHF radio (handheld)

Standard Horizon

Safety/emergency equipment


Plastimo Ocean 4 man valise - new 2017, now due for servicing


McMurdo E5 Smartfind, now due for battery change

Radar reflector

SERPE-IESM Activ'Echo powered radar transponder


2 x horseshoe with lights

Fire extinguishers

3 x powder plus fire blanket

Bilge pumps

Manual and electric pumps


Cabin layout

Forecabin, forward heads, saloon, aft heads and aft cabin

Cabin heating

Eberspacher blown hot air diesel heating


max 7

Water tank capacity

300 litres in two S/S tanks


Electrolux three-burner and oven - gas


Frigoboat refrigerated icebox


2 x marine WCs ( R&D manual WC with holding tank in forward heads, Dometic electric WC in aft heads )





Avon Redcrest inflatable


Suzuki 2.2 two-stroke

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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