42 — By Capt. Stuart Reininger — February 2000
K.I.S.S. Me, Kate
|Part 2: A real pleasure to drive|
Talking about price, if you’re thinking that low figure comes courtesy of substandard workmanship and materials, think again. The 42’s wiring is well marked, wrapped, and loomed. Wherever it passes through a bulkhead or the possibility of chafe exists, it’s padded and protected. All ancillary machinery such as macerator, bilge pumps, and compressors are accessible through one centrally located hatch. The engine room, accessed through the aft deck, has tons of space for maintenance or repair. The engine room sole is commercial-grade aluminum diamond plate, and the Aquamet shafting is protected with dripless seals.
The easy-living department is well conceived, too. The galley is a two-step down from the main saloon (I do wish there were a handrail there), but the cook is still very much in the social circle while he or she is working on Corian countertops, surrounded by solid cherry cabinetry with the kind of stowage often seen on larger boats. The saloon windows slide up and down with the touch of a switch, and the head offers separate toilet and shower compartments, both roomy and both with separate entrances. The shower even sports a frosted glass insert in its solid wood door.
The forward master stateroom includes a queen-size marinized innerspring mattress, and the port-side guest cabin has an equally comfortable double. Marble insteps in the doorways add a touch of elegance that goes well with the marble strips inlaid in the yard-built, all-cherry saloon table. That table, by the way, is not convertible, but the saloon sofa is, providing room for two more people to sleep.
That group you plan to take cruising will really enjoy the 42’s flying bridge. With bench-type wraparound seating, it’s as much a social center as it is the operational focus of the boat. The whole gang–at least eight–can hang out there without getting in each other’s way or the skipper’s, who has excellent 360-degree sight ranges. The wide, comfortable, diamond-cut nonskid staircase–not a ladder–that leads up here from the cockpit has sturdy handrails, so you won’t have trouble handling your own lines when you’re single-handed.
With wide, well-railed side decks and a foredeck completely covered in nonskid, there’s nowhere you can’t go safely on this boat. However, when hanging around the bow, make sure the circuit breaker for the windlass is off, as the flimsy plastic cover for the deck switch is not enough to prevent an inadvertent step from accidentally activating it.
Despite her conservative nature, the 42 was a real pleasure to drive. She came up on plane quickly and tracked well, with just an occasional nudge needed to keep her on course. Dockside handling and maneuvering were effortless as well. In short, if you’re moving up from a 20- or 30-footer, your learning curve on this boat will be about as long as it takes to get yourself settled into her comfortable (and adjustable) skipper’s seat.
According to Silverton, more than 20 42s had been sold by test day, and more are reportedly being snapped up as soon as they’re off the line, which just proves that there’s nothing stupid about keeping it simple.
Silverton Marine Corporation Phone: (856) 825-4117. Fax: (856) 825-1824. www.silverton.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.