The Dusseldorf boat show is one of the largest gatherings of boats on the face of the planet, and it was here that we came across the 2015 Wauquiez Centurion 57. Though this builder's name may not be incredibly familiar on this side of the Atlantic, the French company has been building sailboats for years, and the Centurion 57 is available here in the United States. Click on the photo to watch, and we'll bet you like what you see.

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What can't you tell from this short video? The Centurion 57 is constructed with methods as modern as they get: a resin-infused, balsa-cored hull and deck; a composite structure grid that's chemically bonded to the hull with acrylic urethane; Harken winches; and Dynaform stainless-steel rigging. But even more striking than modern construction is the boat's traditional visual appeal. Interior woodwork is real teak; the decking is Wenge inside and teak outside; and countertops are simulated marble.

So, just where does the Wauquiez Centurion 57 fit in the sailing world? It's the epitome of a multi-use boat that's competent for both cruising and racing. Or, as explained in our article Sailboats: What's a Racer/Cruiser, it's a collection of compromises between long-distance sailing with comfortable confines, and serious racing ability. It's also a mix of modernity and classical, or as reviewer Dieter Loibner put it: the Centurion 57 "is traditional, but in a modern sense."

For more information visit Wauquiez, or take a look at some Wauquiez listings.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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