40 to 45 foot yachts capable of cruising the coast, living aboard or venturing offshore in this price bracket are in high demand and short supply. The Beneteau 42s7 was a very popular mid-90s Bruce Farr/Philippe Starck collaboration, with excellent performance and a high degree of cruising comfort. "Yes" is a delight to handle combining performance with comfortable cruising accommodation and should be on your list for consideration.
The cockpit is very comfortable, with good foot bracing for the crew when the boat heels. Lewmar 52 self-tailing primary sheet winches are located well forward on the cockpit coamings whilst he mainsheet and traveller plus all halyards and reefing lines, run through stoppers to Lewmar 44 self-tailers on the aft end of the cabin. Sitting at the helm is comfortable from windward or leeward, either when level or heeled. The cockpit lockers are very large, offering more than
ample storage for sails and other bulky gear. The mast is an aluminum fractional rig by Sparcraft, featuring slightly swept-back double spreaders and is stepped through the deck for extra stiffness and security. The cruising mast is stiff enough to make runners unnecessary. For ease of handling, the mainsail is equipped with lazy jacks and the jib is on a furler. The 42s7 subscribes typically to Beneteau construction ideology of the time with both hull and deck reinforced structurally by interior fiberglass liners. Bulkheads are slotted and glued into grooves moulded into the deck liner.
Going below, the ladder descends at a user-friendly 30-degree angle, and the edges of the steps are curved up to 27 degrees at each edge to keep one's foot from sliding off when heeled. Access to the engine is quite straightforward, accomplished by lifting the stairs or unhinging additional access doors in the aft cabin enclosures. The airy interior décor is full of curves in typical Starck style and features two double cabins aft serviced by the day head and an owners stateroom forward with ensuite in the bow. The galley benefits from excellent execution with lots of counter space, the icebox is notably large, the gas stove easily gimbals to 40 degrees on either tack and it's recess is fit with a stove protection bar for the cook's safety. The elliptical saloon is easy to get in and out of and provides seating for six comfortably. Aluminum handrails along the interior cabin sides are well placed for support at sea and good ventilation occurs by way of two Dorade boxes, four opening Lewmar hatches and four large opening portlights on each side of the cabin.
The Beneteau 42s7 is a cruising boat with terrific performance potential, in a moderate breeze the Bruce Farr-designed hull slips easily through the water and responds beautifully to the helm. The Polar Diagrams indicate in 10 to 12 knots of wind, driven by a full main and #1 genoa, speeds of 7 to 8 knots at 20- to 25-degrees of heel can be expected without a lot of effort and with the deep keel upwind performance is impressive.
Located in Cairns, we have delivery skippers available to relocate the boat anywhere on the East Coast or NZ.
Give Geoff a call at Euroyachts Australia on +61 (0)438 455 301 for more information or to arrange an inspection.
Bruce Farr / Phillipe Starck
42' 6" - 12.95m
Keel / Ballast
Fin with lead ballast of 2,850kg
Approx 350 since rebuild
Shaft with 3 blade Hydralign feathering prop
2 x 300 Ltr
3 double cabins with two heads, long galley to port and spacious saloon to starboard with forward facing navigator's table behind.
Up to 1.90 mtr headroom
2 x double aft
Owners suite forward
6 - 8
Longtitudinal galley located on the port side midships with ample storage and bench space. Mixer Hot / Cold tap over large double stainless steel sink.
3 Burner Gimballed with oven (replaced 2015)
2 (Approx 140 ltr holding tank)
Electric Anchor winch
30kg CQR Anchor with 80 mtr chain
Manual and Electric
240v Shore power
4 x House Batteries
1 x Engine Battery
B & G Instruments
Jumbos on mast
B & G Hydra Autopilot