For years, go-fast boats were very divisive. You either loved the thunderous engines and the hair-on-fire speed, or you hated it. The boats were generally no-frills, get-gone machines. But recently, a new, slightly gentler, breed of go-fasts has hit the market. These boats still, well, go really fast, but they also have some creature comforts that essentially make them supercharged, stepped-hulled, express cruisers. At the forefront of this group of boats is the 42 Huntress from Cigarette.
The boat is the end product of an 18-month custom design-and-build project. The company refers to her as a center console, but she actually has a peninsula-style console coming from her port side. This design—coupled with a relatively beefy 12-foot beam—puts enough space down below to make the cabin livable, at least for an overnight, with a berth that can easily sleep two, a head, and a refrigerator and sink.
But these amenities don’t necessarily mean that this boat is totally housebroken. She can be hooked up with a wide range of power configurations, up to and including five 350-horsepower Verado SCi outboards from Mercury Racing. That’s right, five of ’em. With that setup, the 42 can hit 65 knots, which is fast enough that if you don’t keep your mouth shut the wind will puff out your cheeks like a bullfrog. You might even swallow a fly. Fair warning.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.