An old-timer looking at the profile of this lovely Endeavour 42 would tell you that she has a powder-horn sheerline. In the October 1915 issue of The Rudder, designer C.G. Davis wrote, “When the bluffness of the bows makes the sheer appear higher a little aft of the bow than it does at the point of the stem, so the sheer makes a compound curve, it is known as a ‘powder-horn’ sheer.” I have yet to see a powder horn shaped any other way than a shallow U or a J with a slightly exaggerated tail.
Whatever label you decide to place on the 42’s sheerline, the one it deserves most is beautiful. This is among the most understated, yet sublime, design elements I’ve ever seen, and combined with a Bauhaus simplicity, ought to attract yachtsmen who don’t have anything to prove. Maybe that’s not entirely true.
If the C&N Endeavour 42 has an automotive equivalent, it’s the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. The appeal of both machines is patently obvious to anyone, but only the cognoscenti understand their true value—how each brand’s pedigree influences their cachet. Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 and has maintained a reputation for performance and understated luxury. Camper & Nicholsons began building boats at Gosport, U.K., in 1884, and has enjoyed a reputation for high quality and diffused flash.
To put an exclamation mark on the Endeavour 42’s pedigree, she was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates—undisputed champion of the deep-V hull. These hulls have a seakindly ride at speed in rough water, track well and run economically at planing speeds. They also function well at displacement speeds, but they don’t like being held in the zone of indecision—neither planing nor at displacement speed.
The 42’s helm gives you the choice of sitting in a shapely adjustable chair, feet resting on a fold-up teak step, or standing. The throttle/gear levers and IPS joystick are an easy reach from a seated or standing position, and the sightlines unobstructed. Small in diameter, the three-spoke steering wheel has a reassuringly fat wooden rim.
The Endeavour is 42 feet long on deck, but her beam is only 12 feet, 5 inches, giving her a length/beam ratio of about 3.4. This ratio enhances her seakeeping ability and her fuel mileage, but it limits the boat’s interior volume. Her accommodations belowdecks are meant for a couple—big island berth in the stateroom forward, a reasonably large saloon with dinette, settee, galley and head. This traditional layout is the most practical for a boat of this size.
Introduced at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show in February 2014, the 42 will be produced in series, offering a high level of customization.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.