The one-piece superstructure/deck molding of the Ocean 42 Super Sport is an incredibly strong, complex piece of fiberglass that imparts solidity and resilience and helps to cut the base price by facilitating production. But the mold Ocean uses to fabricate the part is as complex as the part itself, and several inserts facilitate extraction via a proprietary process that produces noteworthy results.
Take the rolled cockpit coamings, for example. There’s absolutely no raw fiberglass observable (see photo, above right) from underneath the covering boards, just a smooth, molded transition that includes the cockpit sole (excepting the hatches for the two macerated fishboxes), the inwales (including the transom livewell), the underside of the coamings, and the rod-holder-equipped covering boards themselves.
Excellent! Not only does an all-inclusive deck/superstructure molding add structural gutsiness to the 42 and vastly reduce the chance of leaks, it also gives a more finished, custom look to her fish-fighting heart, the cockpit.
And who isn’t into cockpits that are smooth, seamless, and easier to clean and maintain, especially after a long, successful day on the water, the sort of day the 42 was born and bred for? —B.P.
In my opinion, neither push-pull mechanical nor electronic engine controls can quite duplicate the pleasing feel of the hydraulically actuated Hynautic engine controls our test boat was equipped with. Because of the exquisite tuning of highly refined mechanical components (Hynautic’s been in biz for more than 30 years), there’s a frictionless softness to the movement of its control levers, without backlash or lost motion. Moreover, such controls don’t creep, and their detentes are unmistakable but soft as well. And they work when the electricity goes out! www.seastarsteering.com
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