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Yes. Awesome!! Maidened yesterday in 30 kts. Sent PM. What a boat! All the good press is justified.
Thrilled for you. Congrats!
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I just purchased one as well, and love it! Gorgeous and as fast as everyone says. In the process of moving aboard now.
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Good to hear you like your 42... we've been on ours cruising for 7 years now and headed to mexico in the fall and then on to Oz.....
check out our site and drop us a note with your e-mail and we'll keep all interested in what we are doing and where we are.......
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Hi ebreeden,

I also sent you a pm for the review articles you found. Thanks in advance.

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There is a detailed review of the 1980's era First 42 commencing on page 32 of the following: http://www.southwindssailing.com/pdf...august2010.pdf . Note that there are a few typo's that were introduced during the publisher's editing process but they are not material.

FWIW...

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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Thanks HyLyte. ebreeden also sent me some other articles. It seems like a great boat. I know you bought yours and had some work done on it. Btw, how much did you pay for yours and how much did you spend on it? I know the risk of asking those questions...:-) The one I am looking at is an '84. Don't know the name yet...
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Thanks HyLyte. ebreeden also sent me some other articles. It seems like a great boat. I know you bought yours and had some work done on it. Btw, how much did you pay for yours and how much did you spend on it? I know the risk of asking those questions...:-) The one I am looking at is an '84. Don't know the name yet...
Sorry for the delay, I just noticed your follow-up post.

Our yacht was originally offered, in 2001, at $120,000. We paid somewhat less. Since it was mid-winter, following the purchase we shipped the boat to Florida--Snead Island Boat Works. There we swapped out the original Goiot Roller Furling for a Harken, discarded the old multi-part block and tackle vang for a Garhaurer Rigid Vang (great move); replaced most of the running rigging with new, e.g. T-900 for halyards and lifts; added a Dutchman sail handling system added (tho' having it, I would go with the retractable EZJax we had on our prior boat given a do-over); had much of the original French wiring replaced; added a Microwave (the Origo Microwave cost me $40 usd wholesale--the cabnetry, an Inverter/charger, and all the rest to make it usable underway cost a heck of a lot more!). We replaced the instruments with new Standard Horizon units in a pod mounted above the companion-way hatch; added two charplotters; added a couple of sails; added new canvas work and the "very French" bimini; and, my wife added a Panda 4.2 KW generator (I refused to pay for that so she did but then, initially, would not allow me in the cabin when it was running the air conditioning when we were anchored out because I was such a cheap-skate!) Of course, there has been more in the 8 years since but...

While we have invested quit a good deal in the yacht, she has proven very reliable and sea worthy and most importantly, my wife feels safe and comfortable aboard, even in crappy weather. (And, she does all of the driving when we're anchoring or mooring--even in tight quarters--as the yacht's pretty easy to handle and it makes no sense to have a 100# woman trying to handle lines fo a 21,000# boat!)

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"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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HyLyte,

Liked the article. Thanks.
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Hi Scott,

Great review! Thanks! I would like to get more information and pics if possible. I am sending you a PM.

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Anyone have an opinion about the deck stepped version vs. keel stepped for a First 42 for trans Atlantic / Pacific passage, considering that there could be a 20k (USD) price difference (It seems like the prices differs a lot at the moment, maybe because of the unstable market )? Is the keel stepped version a must or..?
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