While classic in profile and layout, J/42 steps into the future when considering structural strength performance, ease-of-handling, stability and sailing comfort. This progress is now available to the cruising sailor in a boat that handles like a 35 footer with the solid feel and motion of a 50 footer. When a gust of wind hits the J/42 it's as though someone pushed forward the throttles on a Concorde jet. Slicing though waves, there's little fuss. A slight lift of the bow over a wave is rapidly dampened. There is none of the three-dimensional pitch and roll often accepted as a rigor of cruising.
The patented SCRIMP process pulls triple the normal vacuum-bagging levels to draw all the air out of cored hull & deck laminates and to draw a slow-curing resin into every void in a single step. It's a better and healthier way to build boats because toxic styrene emissions are eliminated. It offers higher strength (65% vs. typical 40% glass content) and a void-free laminate far superior to hand lay-up or chopper gun construction. The savings in weight is added to the bottom of the keel in the form of a lead bulb, shaped as an inverted wedge with a tapered tail aft. This is why J/42's center of gravity (CG) is so much lower than other cruisers.
A low VCG means greater stability, which means better sail carrying ability. The greater sail area dampens the motion of hull/deck/rig in waves. Pitch & roll create resistance to water flow around the hull and air flow past the sails. By reducing resistance, the J/42 sails faster and more comfortably. Seakindliness, how a boat handles the sea, also relates to how it handles the crew at sea and how the crew may subsequently enjoy interior amenities when arriving in port.
Sailing J/42 is easy for one person, thanks to superb wheel response and a common-sense sailplan. J/42-balances well and sails upwind faster under mainsail only (over 6 kts) than some cruisers using both main and large genoa. Since a mainsail is the easiest of any sail to operate: there's less need for expert crews no need to reef when it blows 25 kts; and, visibility is greatly improved. A 100% jib is all one needs for cruising upwind at 7.2 knots. You get an added bonus of better visibility and there's little need for grinding of winches. When you sail a J/42 you soon learn that progress in yacht design and construction makes a big difference in your sailing enjoyment.
The Ideal Cruising Interior
The J/42 interior is designed to fulfill two goals: Privacy for each of two couples when cruising or ample space and convenience for one couple living aboard for an extended period of time.
From bow to stern: A self-draining deck anchor storage locker, behind the standard Lewmar electric windlass, is big enough for an anchor rode and cruising spinnaker, ready-to-fly in a ''snuffer" sock. A forepeak bulkhead separates this locker from a spacious owners stateroom with twin berths (convertible to an over-size double) and ample drawer, bin, cabinet & hanging locker space to store a permanent onboard wardrobe. The forward head /shower combination is private to the forward stateroom. The aft head serves multiple needs: it's ideally located for use at sea; as a wet hanging locker; as a private head for guests; and as a "separate shower" when there are no guests. Interior styling features bulkheads with exceptional joiner work in varnished cherry with cold-molded fiddles and door trim - a detail that's rarely seen, because of the tooling expense, in "one-off' custom construction. Hull lining slats, cabinets and drawers are also in varnished cherry.
Two 6' 6'' main settees double as sea-berths and are pitched outboard 5 degrees for secure sleeping at anchor. Stainless overhead grab rails are excellent handholds, drying racks and lee-cloth anchors. The cherry drop-leaf table is ruggedly built for security in a seaway. It's arranged away from the bulkhead, so guests aren't "trapped" during dinner. An optional bulkhead fold-down table is also available. The "J" galley is well ventilated next to the companionway and features a recessed, deep, double sink. Unique is the combination cutting board, serving tray and drop-in galley seat for easier meal preparation at sea. A Force 10 stainless LPG range has both broiler & oven. There is flip-panel access to a tall trash bin.
The navigation station features an over-sized table with chart storage, pencil/divider/reading glass rack, overhead panel for flush instrument mounting and a book/binocular/hat/cellular phone storage bin outboard. The aft double stateroom has four opening ports and hatches, a changing seat, hanging locker bureau with cabinet, three storage drawers and a bedding storage shelf. Five deck hatches over interior living spaces are mounted on the cabin trunk to permit use when sailing. Exceptional ventilation throughout is provided by 4 Dorade intakes, 10 opening ports and the dodger-protected companionway.
Beam: 12 ft. 2 in.
Fuel tank capacity: 31
Water tank capacity: 100
Standard features: Hull & Deck
Environmentally clean SCRIMP process using resin-infused laminates of Lloyd's approved, Baltek end-grained balsa core with woven
biaxial & unidirectional glass fabrics.
Interplastic vinylester resin moisture barrier on the outer hull skin for a 10 year transferable warranty against hull blistering.
Fore & aft and transverse keel support beams infused during hull lamination to avoid secondary bonds.
Lead and 4 % antimony, fixed 7000 lb., fin keel with inverted-wedge bulb, fastened to reinforced molded stub with 1" keel bolts and epoxy - interchangeable with optional 7500 lb. shoal draft keel.
White gelcoat hull, single tapered boot in color of choice.
White gelcoat on deck with choice of five nonskid colors in shades of grey and beige.
Bonded hull to deck joint with full-length ORC sized white toe-rail with bow and amidships chocks. Option for full length teak.
GRP molded main structural bulkhead and all intermediate bulkheads glass taped to hull & deck, fore & aft for additional structural strength.
Fabricated composite mast step with transverse webs through-bolted to floor beams and main bulkhead.
Cockpit seat locker access to large storage compartment.
Lazarette storage locker and access to steering systems.
Watertight afterdeck storage tub (W33"xL19.5"xD15") with overboard drain and removable lid for offshore liferaft, storage for 4 jerry cans, 2nd anchor, kid's pool/cockpit or drink cooler.
5" x 24" instrument pod over companionway.
Two 5" x 12" instrument pods for helmsman.
Deck hardware bedded with Sikaflex.
Molded propane tank locker with overboard drain.
2 Dorade boxes with dual vents, forward and aft of main bulkhead to head, forward cabin and main cabin (2). Removable stainless steel guard rails over 4" high-polish removable cowls.
Foredeck storage locker with slotted lid aft of windlass and fore/aft anchor rode divider.
Molded spray shield and dodger boss.
Custom stainless stemhead with anchor roller.
Propulsion & Steering
Yanmar 56 hp (4JH3-BE) 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated diesel engine with fresh water cooling, Dual 160 Type Racor fuel filter system and 80 amp alternator.
Cast bronze custom strut with cutlass bearing.
Yanmar Type C recessed instrument panel with covered gauges for tachometer, water temperature and oil pressure. Fuel gauge.
Edson single-lever control gear shift and throttle on Classic Edson pedestal
31 gallon alloy fuel tank with baffles, inspection/clean-out port and gauge located under aft double quarterberth. Additional 30-gallon bladder tank available as option under life raft storage bin.
3 Blade Flex-O-Fold geared feathering prop with 1.25" diameter Aquamet shaft and zinc.
Primex Combo muffler with check valve w/ heavy duty engine exhaust hose.
Ultra Sound Acoustics VO-100 insulation in engine compartment.
Balanced, elliptical, spade rudder constructed with unidirectional glass rovings and 6" diameter shaft with self-aligning bearings.
Edson 40" stainless steel destroyer wheel, mounted on Edson pedestal, wheel hub brake and binnacle housing a 5" Ritchie #SP5-C compass.
Edson custom quadrant and chain/cable steering system.
Belowdecks bulkhead for quadrant autopilot installation with Edson quadrant arm shipped loose.
Custom aluminum emergency tiller.
Cockpit-operated Henderson manual bilge pump.
Automatic electric bilge pump.
Icebox drain with shut-off valve leading to bilge.
Freshwater foot pump in galley.
100 gallons of water capacity in 2 independently valved water tanks with baffles under settee berths.
Hot & cold pressure water system with 6 gallon hot water tank under galley counter with Shurflo #5901-0211 pump.
In-line pumps for shower sump drains with switches in heads.
2 Raritan PH-2 household heads, each with overboard/ holding tank discharge. Holding tanks with overboard drain/ pump-out discharge.
Marelon flush-mounted seacocks below the waterline for engine, head and galley with double-clamped hoses.
Two Group 31 105 amp AGM glass-mat batteries.
Deluxe Bass battery bank switch w/DC main breaker.
Bass DC panel w/circuit breakers and battery condition meter.
30 Amp 110V Shorepower System with 50 Cord
ProMariner Galvanic Isolator with monitoring device
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Promar Battery Charger with 3 step charging.
Navigation and steaming light.
All chainplates, & Mast are bonded with 4 Ga. wire to keel for ABYC Lightning Portective Mast.
6 swiveling halogen reading lights.
1 nav station light.
2 dome lights in cockpit lockers.
1 dome light in engine room.
1 overhead dome light in each the aft and forward cabins.
Main salon & galley halogen lighting package with dimmers.
Main cabin courtesy floor lights with companionway switch.
2 fluorescent lights in heads.
Propane electric solenoid safety switch.
All electric wires labeled.
ABYC color coded wiring throughout.
15 conductor aluminum shielded wire, pre-wired from seahood to nav station. Two PVC conduits in main cabin with messenger lines to facilitate electronics installation.
Lewmar Ocean Series automatic electric anchor windlass with gypsy plus capstan for bosun chair operation assist. Lewmar gypsy unit 003 is designed to operate with 5/8 3 strand nylon rope spliced to a 3/8 G40 calibrated chain (no BBB). Includes manual override.
2 Lewmar 50STC, 2-speed self-tailing primary winches with 2.4:1/7.6:1 gear ratios and 48:1 power ratio.
4 Lewmar 44STC, self-tailing secondary/halyard & mainsheet winches with 2.2:1/6:1 gear ratios and 44.8:1 power ratio.
2 Lewmar 2914 1111 lightweight 10" lock-in handles and 2 Lewmar lightweight 8" lock-in handles.
2 PVC winch handle holders shipped loose.
5 Harken 57mm halyard/reef turning blocks.
2 Harken #6053 triple deck organizers.
2 Lewmar Superlock triple rope clutches leading to cabin top winches.
Mainsheet traveler system with Harken #3160 Car, #3156.1.5m hi beam track, low profile sheaves and end stops with double control
blocks & camcleat.
2 Harken 57mm mainsheet turning blocks P&S.
Harken HC7798 double mainsheet block mounted on traveler car and one #1958 hi-load mainsheet block on boom bale for fastaction
2:1 system to 40:1 mainsheet winches, giving 80:1 power ratio.
2 Schaefer 10' x 1.25" T- tracks with 2 Lewmar 2700 genoa lead blocks with plunger pin stops.
2 pairs of Heavy duty 4-bolt padeyes with 4 Harken 57mm blocks for genoa and spinnaker sheet turning blocks.
Lifeline boarding gates, port & starboard.
Stainless steel grab rails on cabin trunk.
Double-rail bow pulpit and stern rail with gate.
Two-part SS transom swimming ladder with 2 teak treads (natural).
Roller furling control line led through three bulls-eye fairleads and one cockpit-mounted Spinlock stopper to port.
Spinnaker tack line led through three bulls-eye fairleads and one cockpit-mounted Spinlock stopper to starboard.
Welded stainless stemhead with integral anchor roller.
Tapered stainless, double lifeline stanchions.
6 mooring cleats (10 at bow and amidships, 8 aft) with 4-bolt bases.
6 Lewmar bronze tinted acrylic Ocean hatches: 15x20 foredeck, 20x20 skylight, 8x8 forward head, 10x10 vents over aft head& aft
stateroom. Optional screens.
10 Bomar opening ports with screens and 1 fixed port in cabin trunk.
Companionway sliding hatch and lexan offshore dropboard with inside/outside opening, lockable hasp and storage rack.
Custom Thurston acrylic dodger with center vent and removable side curtains. Choice of color.
2 - 12x18 line bags on cabin-top for halyard/reef tails.
2 - 12x24 line bags under-traveler for mainsheet/traveler controls.
5' teak flag staff & 3'x5' US yacht ensign commissioning flag.
Spars & Rigging
Hall Spars 6061-T6 aluminum mast with off-white Awlgrip finish having double airfoil spreaders, steaming light, internal masthead
wire conduit, welded gooseneck and vang lugs, folding halyard attachment step, tack reef padeye and fairlead block, lazy
jack/checkstay connection tang, and 17" track and car for optional whisker pole.
Hall Spars 6061-T6 aluminum boom with welded end fittings and vang lug, internal outhaul purchase system, mainsail reef sheaves, lazy jack fairleads and stainless mainsheet bail.
Custom stainless mast collar with turning block bales.
Belowdecks mast ventilation holes in head.
Harken Unit 2 Mark III roller furling unit w/ removable drum.
Stainless steel wire rigging with Navtec turnbuckles.
Masthead double spinnaker/gennaker halyard blocks.
Double genoa halyard exit sheave below hounds.
Hall Rigging running rigging package w/ main, jib & spinnaker halyards, XLS genoa, spinnaker & main sheets. Also includes two reef lines (one of which doubles as a cunningham), & traveler control lines.
Sailtec -12 integral hydraulic backstay adjuster.
Hall Quik Vang.
Custom SS chainplates, stemhead & backstay tang.
Large "J" shaped galley with 8" deep, highly polished stainless double sink
Excellent ventilation with 2 opening ports with screens.
Wheat Matrix Nevamar counter top bordered with high cold-moulded varnished cherry fiddle rail with two integral handholds.
Gimballed 3-burner Force 10 propane stove with thermostat, oven/broiler and hinged top grill for toasting/cleaning.
Varnished cherry drawer & cabinet faces with low maintenance, extruded plastic drawers for flatware and large utensils. Belowcounter cabinet for pots & pans.
Large dry goods, plate, bowl, glass & cup storage cabinets with sliding smoke lexan panels.
6.3 cu. ft. hinged, top-opening icebox with sliding tray and storage shelf.
Tall trash can storage area with flip lid access.
Combination cutting board, tray and offshore cook's seat.
Forward facing 26x30 nav table design with flush, hinged lid to chart and navigation instrument storage plus sextant or spotlight storage compartment under. Surface is horizontal to permit use as sideboard in port.
Pencil, divider, and eyeglass storage rack.
Navigator's seat with cushion.
Full length, fore & aft, two-plane instrument panel, outboard with hinge-down dark gray formica mounting face and safety strop.
Book, cap, binocular and gear rack outboard with removable bottom panel for wiring access.
3 drawers for tools and fittings.
Satin varnished cherry bulkheads and furniture panels with paneled cherry bulkhead doors, cold molded cherry trim, drawer and cabinet faces throughout boat.
Main companionway entrance from cockpit, framed by white bulkheads (P&S) having a removable S.S. ladder with teak treads and stainless grab rails, providing secure handholds.
Mobella door hardware.
Stainless steel overhead grab rails (P&S).
Varnished teak & holly veneer floor panels with underside and ends sealed with epoxy and secured with solid teak toe boards having exposed fastenings to permit complete removal.
Cherry trimmed deluxe vinyl, overhead finish.
5 opening ports with screens plus skylight hatch.
Single P&S settee berths with large storage compartments behind seat backs and water tank storage beneath.
Bolstered deluxe cushions with choice of cushion fabrics.
Twin cherry cabinets outboard of settees with angled speaker flats, open 2-shelf bookshelves between (P&S). One cabinet designed with bottle rack.
Varnished all-cherry main cabin table with lift up locking sides and internal bottle storage.
Forward Stateroom & Head
Large V-berth with 2 large clothing drawers mounted on aft face, with 2 hinged storage bins below cushions.
Opening port plus overhead exit hatch.
Full length book & bedding storage shelves with high (3.5) fiddle rails (P&S).
Combination bureau/vanity with 2 bureau drawers and locker below and cabinet with louvered door and shelf above.
Large hanging locker.
Hull sides finished in off-white deluxe vinyl.
Enclosed head with vanity & linen storage outboard, dual purpose shower/sink spigot and towel racks.
Dressing mirror on head door.
Watertight fiberglass pan design placed over mast step with integral sump covered by maintenance-free shower grate. Mast drains into shower sump.
Large double berth with changing seat & shelf.
Combination bureau & vanity with cabinet having a louvered cabinet and shelf above and bureau drawers with boot/shoe locker.
Full length shelf with 3.5 fiddle rails outboard on hull with large pillow shelf at foot of berth.
Ventilation includes 3 opening ports with screens and overhead vent hatch with view to starboard through fixed port.
Single Drawer over engine compartment.
Mirror on bulkhead.
Aft Guest Head
Vanity, dual purpose shower/sink spigot and towel rack.
Watertight fiberglass pan design with integral shower sump covered by maintenance free shower grate.
Full-length wet locker outboard of head.