We own a Brewer 42 and it is identical to the 12.8. I have docked across from a 12.8 and we tried to determine what the differences were and could not find any. We have a double head-sail ketch, 4'-6" draft with swing keel, Brewer bite, a skeg-hung rudder, deck hardware the same size, etc.
Alot of the B42s were built as sloops. I can not speak to their characteristics.
We love our B42. We live aboard for 6 months per year and feel that we made the right choice. I disagree with one thing that Jeff H said about the electrical system. The original wiring sizes were one-two sizes too small. We removed all wiring and brought it up to current standards. This may be a symptom of boats built in that era.
Blisters: our's had numerous blisters. When I began repairing them, I found that they were in the gelcoat only and there was no damage to the FG.
Last edited by stoutwench; 09-16-2006 at 03:16 PM.