42 Express Walkaround — By Capt. Bill Pike —
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|Part 2: The 42 handled four- to six-footers with fast-paced agility.|
Driving the 42 in open water was a blast, although sound levels at the helm were comparatively high; my 2000-rpm reading was 98 dB-A, for example, and some years ago I recorded just 91 dB-A at 2000 rpm on a Davis 45 Express with twin 700-hp engines (Cutting Horse, August 2001). I got an impressive average top speed of 41.9 mph out of the boat in the smooth waters of Man Of War Harbor, but did the real, hardcore wring-out in sportier conditions south of Kingfish Shoals. Thanks to a hull form designed and engineered by Donald Blount and Associates, the 42 handled four- to six-footers with fast-paced agility, zooming dryly through tight turns and figure eights at three-quarter throttle. Tracking was excellent, thanks to a small keel and a longitudinal center of gravity positioned to promote quick and predictable handling.
Two glitches surfaced, however. First, the boat evinced a fairly high running attitude coming out of the hole, enough to momentarily limit visibility from the helm. While the attitude was not as high as some I’ve come across on express-type boats, it was problematic enough to prompt Rybovich to add small, running-angle-reducing wedges to the prop tunnels after our test. The second glitch arrived in the form of a bias to port while doing high-speed, sportfishing backdowns—no matter how much expertise I brought to the process, the 42 seemed to constantly slide off to port. A talk with Rybovich after an après-test haulout produced a possible explanation: Her port tab had been slightly deployed during the trial, I was told, a condition that had been both unobservable at the time and unaddressable due to a malfunctioning tab switch.
Once we’d eased on back to the Galleon, Andresen gave me the grand tour, beginning with the engine room. We entered it by simply hitting a switch. Shooop! Up went the steering console via a set of Kiekhaefer pump-powered hydraulic actuators. Auxiliary equipment installations below decks were satisfactory, although wire and hose runs were not as straight and schematic-like as I’d expect from Rybovich. Top-shelf brand names like Northern Lights, Delta T, and Charles Marine were evident thoughout, and engineering details were robust: Seldom do I encounter seachests or giant Scott centrifugal pumps with solid, stainless steel bodies on 42-footers these days.
Andresen lowered the console as I began checking out the interior. It was gorgeous. A smooth, optional bamboo sole accented both the sleeping cabin forward (with V-berth and hanging lockers) and the saloon/galley/dinette area aft. Cabinetry was of Hawaiian Koa wood, carved and inlaid. The joinery style was warm, informal, almost playful, and fit nicely with nautical details like coconut palm tree-decorated wallpaper and louvered cabinet doors.
As luck would have it, I finished up well before Buffett could get back to his boat. “The boss is runnin’ late,” said Andresen, snapping his cellphone shut.
Which was just fine with me, of course. Pestering celebrities for handshakes and the like is a goofy pastime in my book, at least for a semi-grown-up character like me. And besides, while I was walking away in contemplative solitude, I had the chance to turn around a couple of times and admire the classic good looks of the Rybovich 42 Walkaround Express.
She’s the perfect boat for the son of a son of a sailor.
Rybovich Spencer Phone: (561) 844-1800. www.rybovich.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.