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42DS Sailing Characteristics

I’m considering the purchase of a ‘new’ 2008 42DS and would like to know more about this boat.

Specifically, many modern designs are built with wide transoms (for accommodations) and high-aspect bolt-on keels (for manufacturing economics). This sometimes results in a boat with a tendency to round up in gusts. We’ve seen this characteristic in the new Beneteau cruisers, but not in our own older Beneteau 361 (or the 423). I mention this because Yachting World said the Jeanneau 42DS “was severely overpowered in the gusts under full sail” and Cruising World said “In the puffs, the boat was definitely overpowered and required the helmsman to bear away to keep it on its feet.”

What can you tell me about the sailing characteristics of the 42DS?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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