Re: Hunter 460 or Passage 42 ? Which to buy
As a previous 1991 P42 owner, I am a tad partial to that boat. The build quality will be better than the 2000, but neither will be a bluewater boat with out some updates. In particular some protection for the huge salon windows.
Coastal sailing a piece of cake for either boat. I would opt for shallow draft and low mast so you can get down the ICW.
Look for moisture on both boats, especially around the hatches and stanchions. Engine room is tight with genny and fridge and batteries on the P42, and access to engine and cockpit drains through hulls is a nightmare. Holding tanks should (or will need) to have been replaced by now on the P42, similar story for the water tanks. A real chore, but can be a DIY if you have the skills. Expensive other wise, as it is manual labor intensive.
Aft lazarette drains need to be cleaned every week or replaced with larger drains, else the water will end up around the aft cabin pedestal bed frame. I never did find where the water was coming from beneath the pillow end of the bed....more than once did I have to vacuum a lot of water from the compartment between the steering quadrant and the inside of the stern glass.
Lot's of updates here if you need more specifics. But that almost queen size aft berth is the best sleeping I have ever had on land or afloat.
Last edited by kd3pc; 11-14-2013 at 08:49 AM.