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I just talked to a V42 owner about this.
Just last month I asked a V42 owner, who has been continuously cruising the Caribbean for some time, if he felt that the V42 was underpowered. He emphatically answered, "absolutely not." (His boat was not for sale, so he had no reason to not tell me the truth.)
The reason that I asked him the question was that I had heard that the rule of thumb was "2 HP for every 1,000 pounds of displacement."
When I asked the factory how often buyers upgraded to the larger horsepower engine, I was told that it almost never happens.
V42's are cruising all over the world, and everyone says they're great. I would think that, if they were underpowered, we'd hear complaints on forums such as this one. (In the past, I've searched and read ever single entry on this board with the word "Valiant" in it, and I don't recall any mention of the issue.)