Boat of the Month March 2019: Centurion

If it’s an extensive test drive you’d like before purchasing your next Alaska salmon seiner, consider the process of Megan Corazza and how she came to own the 52-foot Centurion.

This story was first published in the April issue of National Fisherman. Subscribe today for digital and print access.

Corazza, 39, grew up fishing Cook Inlet from her early childhood, then worked aboard the Malamute Kid, the family seiner, through her adolescent years and beyond. In 2000, Corazza struck out on her own and bought a used seiner that she named the Sonja, after her mom.

In the meantime, she became acquainted with the Centurion through various deck-handing gigs when then-owner Weston Carroll of Homer ran it for herring and salmon.

“I helped run it from Homer to Sitka several different years and that gave me a lot of confidence about how it handled out in the gulf,” says Corazza, adding that she worked the decks of the Centurion two summers while she was attending college.

Corazza says she made a quick purchase when the boat came up for sale in 2007.

“Knowing this boat and having worked on it was really helpful,” says Corazza.

In the years since, the Centurion evolved to a family boat of its own.

“I love the stateroom,” says Corazza. “I have had my son onboard since he was a newborn, and the stateroom allows for a great, quiet hideout full of stuffed animals and ABC books while the rest of the operation is loud, slimy and busy.”

Home port: Valdez, Alaska

Owner: Megan Corazza

Builder: Beck Boats and LeClerq Marine

Year built: 1986

Fisheries: Prince William Sound salmon

Hull Construction: Fiberglass

Length: 52 feet

Beam: 15 feet

Draft: 5 feet

Crew capacity: 7

Tonnage: Gross 31 tons, net 15 tons

Main propulsion: Twin John Deere 6076, 600 hp total

Gearbox: Twin Disc MG-507

Gensets: MER unit with Kubota 4-cylinder diesel driving a Magnum Plus 24-kW generator

Propeller: Bronze 2.5-inch 3-blade

Shaft: Steel shaft, stainless steel tail shaft, 2.5 inch

Hold capacity: 40,000 pounds

Fresh water capacity: 150 gallons

Fuel capacity: 1,000 gallons

Speed: 8 knots

Fuel consumption: 10 gallons per hour

Electronics: Furuno radar, Garmin GPS 546s, Garmin GPS 540, Nobeltec program on laptop, Furuno FCV663 depth sounder, Globalstar satellite phone, MSAT satellite phone, Standard Horizon Matrix VHF, Standard Horizon Spectrum VHF, ComNav 2001 autopilot with 201 remote, Vancouver Marine Equipment bridge watch

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Charlie Ess is the North Pacific Bureau Chief for National Fisherman.

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