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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » B - Boats starting with 'B' » Brewer

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Brewer 42
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Description: Brewer 42
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s-launey
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Registered: October 2002
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu October 10, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Ted Brewer designed 42 is a wonderful cruiser and live aboard. Ours is cutter rigged and will sail 7+ knots on a reach. The main drawback is limited maneuverability in tight docking areas. Some owners have added bowthrusters to help. I would also prefer a slightly more powerful engine then the 50 hp Perkins we have.
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s-launey
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Registered: October 2002
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu October 10, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Ted Brewer designed 42 is a wonderful cruiser and live aboard. Ours is cutter rigged and will sail 7+ knots on a reach. The main drawback is limited maneuverability in tight docking areas. Some owners have added bowthrusters to help. I would also prefer a slightly more powerful engine then the 50 hp Perkins we have.
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s-launey
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Registered: October 2002
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Review Date: Thu October 10, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Ted Brewer designed 42 is a wonderful cruiser and live aboard. Ours is cutter rigged and will sail 7+ knots on a reach. The main drawback is limited maneuverability in tight docking areas. Some owners have added bowthrusters to help. I would also prefer a slightly more powerful engine then the 50 hp Perkins we have.
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rleslie
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Registered: April 2001
Posts: 63
Review Date: Wed December 20, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Comfortable live-aboard boat, easy sail handling, well build, comfortable in all seas
Cons: Wish that standing rigging had been lead outboard and she only backs to port

We have a center-board double headsail ketch Brewer 42. She draws 5'0" A little history on the Brewers. The Whitby 42 (full keel) was made in Whitby Canada. Several Whitby owners went to Ted Brewer and requested that he redesign the hull to provide for better performance under sail. Ted redesigned the hull with a skeg hung rudder and cut-away forefoot known as the "Brewer Bite".

Ft. Myers Yachts began manufacturing the boats as the Brewer 42 and later changed the name to the Brewer 12.8. Some people claim that the 12.8 have better hardware and are constructed better then the B42s, but I have been aboard both and can find few differences. Many of the B42s are sloops or cutters.

We absolutely love our B42. Tons of storage, aft cabin has a queen size private berth, the sails are smaller on our ketch than on a comparable 42' sloop...making sail handling easier, the cockpit is comfortable at sea and great when anchored, the engine room is huge and the engine can be easily accessed from all sides. She has two heads, large tankage for fuel (120gal) and water (180gal). Our boat weights 32k lbs and is very confortable in all seas. She easily does 6.5 - 7.0 knots in 18-20 knot winds with a bit of weather helm unless you work at balancing the sail combinations.

We have seen over a dozen Whitbys and two B42s and three B12.8 in various conditions. Due to the age of these boats, many are experiencing water tank leaks and mizzzen mast compression problems (easy fix). You can get more info @ http://www.bcpl.net/~bcboykin/whitby_home2.htm.

and

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WhitbyBrewerSailboats/

Roger Leslie
'83 Brewer 42
StoutWench
stoutwench@yahoo.com e-mail
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