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Wheel to Tiller
I took the wheel out of my Capri 30. I was able to go to another boat just like mine, held a piece of card-board alongside the tiller and scribed a pattern. I then fashiond my own from a chunk of Ash. It worked just fine. I then found out that it was the stock tiller for the Catalina 27, that is sold by all of the marine supplyiers, that I had copied. I doubt that you will find many 42 ft. boats with tillers to copy.
I think in your case I would gauge the length, by where you want to sit, I would think about mid cockpit or maybe a bit forward, where you can get at the jib sheet winches. A 42 ft. boat might be a lot of boat for a tiller by some folks estimation, but I like the idea, the boat will come alive the first time you hoist the sails with the tiller installed. Remember, after it is installed if you have made it to long, it will only take you about four minutes to make it shorter with a cross cut hand saw.