Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Re: 42 Passage CC
It's a great boat in a lot of ways. As I think you'll find in any boat discussion, a lot depends on what you want to do with it.
If the designer's intent and vision for the boat match up with yours-- you'll most likely enjoy your boat. And that's the case with my family's 42CC
My folks (late 60's) bought a 2005 edition a few years back after selling their Grand Banks as Dad really wanted to bet back on a sailboat. They wanted a comfortable boat that they could sail without having to get too physical-- they're not kids anymore.
I've spent a lot of time aboard with them (as well as helping Dad with maintenance) and think it's the perfect boat for them, but that I'd not be interested in her myself.
A couple of things stand out:
-comfortable down below, nicely finished, quite well thought-out design, especially for a production boat. In contrast to an earlier comment, I've found access to through-hulls, wire runs, plumbing, etc between the hull and liner to be great.
-engine access is good, most of the other hardware (reefer, AC, thruster, etc) installed properly and in a way that you can check and service them without having to stand on your head.
-sails pretty well for a cruiser, but I find her a bit underpowered, especially in the light wind we often have on the Chesapeake. The furling main is just too small.... My old O'Day 37 (no racer herself) outsails the 42 in light air.
-nice deck layout and I love sitting in the pushpit seats while sailing using the Autohelm remote. Swim platform is laid out well (this actually pretty important as we get in the water a lot!)
-cockpit is not quite deep enough for taller folks and not much back support. Classic center cockpit design challenge....
-She's held up well through lots of sailing and ridden out some big storms at the dock. Old time Hunters may have had some quality issues but this particular boat seems pretty well built.
Overall, I don't think my folks could be happier. But as said, tastes vary and you, as I, may find the boat a little too "posh".