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Pearson vs Whitby
You might want to look at a Mariner 39, if you can find any for sale. We looked at both Pearson 424s and Whitby 42s early in our boat search, we ended up buying the Mariner. It''s a VERY similar layout to the Whitby 42, except everythings just a little bit smaller (which we liked, moving up from a Tartan 30 to the 40-foot range was daunting in terms of our ability to handle a larger boat!). There are 2 companionways in the cockpit, one to the aft cabin, although there is also a walk-through (or should I say crouch-through) passageway below. Very good tankage, though much of it is under the settees, which robs storage space for long-term cruising. As previously noted, there''s a serious lack of topsides storage: one cockpit locker. I believe that''s a problem with most CC boats; everythings a trade-off!
What we REALLY liked was the underbody: a fin keel and a beefy skeg-hung rudder. We sailed a Tartan 30 before and maneuverability and accelleration can''t compare, but I suspect the difference would have been greater on a Whitby. She could use more sail, though. We''re hoping a new full-batten main instead of the hollow-roach 20-yr-old main she had will help. You can see the boat at http://www.sailnamaste.com.
BTW we also looked at a Hughes/Northstar 40 (got all excited cuz its a Sparkman & Stephens design but TERRIBLE joinery work and the one we looked at was in awful shape) as well as a S&S designed Italian center cockpit ketch called an Alpa (41, I think.) That was a nice boat. Check it out if there are any on the market. Sometimes listed incorrectly as Alpha 41.
Good luck, have lots of fun on the search!