CSB Huntsman Centurion

Barry 2019-03-08

The Centurion has been released to coincide with CSB Huntsman's 25th anniversary, and it is possibly their best model yet. Barry Thompson checks out their latest creation.

Releasing new models is essential if you want to keep your brand at the forefront of the market and CSB Huntsman certainly recognise that. However, designer and MD of the company, Geoff Robinson knew that if he was going to add a new model to the range, it had to be different enough to make an impact. The styling of the Centurion is a departure from what we have been used to with CSB Huntsman, but then that seems to be the norm with them.

The Centurion is not a replacement but an addition to the CSB Huntsman range and slots in between the Series 6000 and the Crusader. It is the first of the new Evolution Series which incorporates a unique split-deck design that allows for a variety of different foredeck styles while still leaving the aft sections unchanged.

Ultimately there will be four half decks based on the same hull in either outboard or sterndrive variants.  Geoff says that a bowrider model will be the next to be released, which is being pitched at the international market. The first sterndrive version will be out in the new year.

The new Centurion features a deep 23 deg deadrise at the transom, which is 2 deg more than on other CSB Huntsman models such as the Series 6000, Explorer, Crusader and XCalibur. The coamings have also been raised 100mm. The external beam is the same as the Series 6000 and the Crusader, but the internal beam is wider, plus the boat has a full inner liner. The cabin layout is very similar to other comparable sized CSB Huntsman models, although has a little more headroom, with two 1.8m side squabs and an infill to make a larger berth. There is storage in side trays, and under the squabs, there is provision for a portaloo or electric head under the forward berth.

A sliding door not only gives privacy and security for the cabin, but it also doubles as steps to the foredeck. It also allows the side decks to be eliminated and gives more internal beam in the cabin.

The cockpit layout is very traditional CSB Huntsman, although with a more considerable dash, and higher coamings forward. It is longer and broader than the Series 6000 and the same length as the 7m Crusader.

On the port side ahead of the passenger seat, there is a glovebox and space for your VHF or Fusion, a drink holder and below a nicely placed footrest. Seating is a single Softrider pedestal helm seat with a king/queen to port and a couple of bin seats aft. However, there are plenty of options when it comes to seating so you can have whatever suits.

The Centurion doesn't lack for storage with full length lower side trays, top side pockets, a deep and long underfloor wet locker, lockers under the aft deck, plus the rear bins and under the back to backs. The underfloor cabinet with the lid on gas struts is big enough for water-skis, wakeboard or all your dive gear.V6 diesel or the

The new Centurion can be fitted with either an outboard or sterndrive, with a range of 150 to 250hp. Interestingly if you do opt for a sterndrive, it will not encroach with an engine box into the cockpit. The inboard engine cowling is all behind the existing rear seats and a good fit for the Mercruiser 3.0 litre diesel or 4.5-litre petrol.

The Centurion certainly modernises the CSB Huntsman range and is the forerunner of many more in the Evolution series. www.csbhuntsmanboats.co.nz


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