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Greetings sail net. I am consering a larger boat. It is a 99 Jeanneau 42 that was rigged for a around world trip and made said trip. The owners made the trip and then parked the boat for 2 years. Needs some work. Any comments about this boat?
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Re: larger boat

Sun Odyssey 42.2? I like the look of it.. the 'conversation pit' dinette and linear galley are a bit unusual for the NA market, but looks usable enough. The version I saw on YW had twin aft cabins and 4th 'bunk bed' cabin.. could be a great family layout. Cockpit looks OK too, with good backrests and a walkthrough with platform.

The only general knock on these boats I've observed is relatively small rigs so depending on the area you sail that may be a factor (typical light air summers could be a bit frustrating....)
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Re: larger boat

If it has the layout like the attached image i have the following comments.

Last year we chartered a Harmony 47 in the BVI. It had that exact same layout except the aft head & chart table were reversed.

I found it to be a bit cramped for such a big boat - too many cabins jammed in. The starboard forward double bunk cabin overcrowded it. In a 42' I think it would be way too much unless everyone was small.

Unless you REALLY need four private cabins I'd get one with fewer.
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If it has the layout like the attached image i have the following comments.

Last year we chartered a Harmony 47 in the BVI. It had that exact same layout except the aft head & chart table were reversed.

I found it to be a bit cramped for such a big boat - too many cabins jammed in. The starboard forward double bunk cabin overcrowded it. In a 42' I think it would be way too much unless everyone was small.

Unless you REALLY need four private cabins I'd get one with fewer.
... good to get the impression of someone who's spent time on that layout.. I can see the 'crowded' aspect of it, but I suppose for group charters it's workable, as it may be for a large family or where 'teens need their own space' type of situations.

The flip side of the 'lack of space', though, might be security at sea.. not so far to fall on a wave and plenty of handholds along the way. Today's wide open spaces with 'acres' of cabin sole, combined with ever increasing beam is starting to create some free fall machines once things are off an even keel...
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... good to get the impression of someone who's spent time on that layout.. I can see the 'crowded' aspect of it, but I suppose for group charters it's workable, as it may be for a large family or where 'teens need their own space' type of situations.
That's exactly right - the reason we chose it because we had a group of 5 - one couple and 3 singles so the 4 cabins worked well. The galley/dinette area worked well but the forward area was skimpy - the head was the size of a 28 footer, I could barely turn around in the "bunk" cabin when the door was closed - I don't know how 2 people could fit in reality. The V-berth was a decent size but extremely limited cabin sole space. I had to move sideways through the doors and the passage forward - I literally wouldn't fit "frontways" but I'm 250.

That was on a 47 footer though - a fair bit bigger boat than the Jenn. I'd imagine, so everything would be that much tighter on a 41.
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