Introduced in 1972, the
Whitby 42 was designed by Ted Brewer. First built by Whitby Boat Works
of Ontario, Canada and later under a license agreement by Ft. Meyers
Yacht and Shipbuilding, the Whitby 42 was in production from 1972 to
1988. About 300 hulls were completed.
Mr. Brewer is recognized
as one of the outstanding designers of sail boats. His designs are
noted for their practicality, looks, comfort, and performance.
The Whitby 42 was
designed and constructed as a coastal cruiser, and is an excellent
choice for anyone who wants to sell their house and move aboard a boat
for the rest of their life. Many of these boats are used for extended
offshore passages, and the construction practices of the 70’s and 80’s
make this use safe and practicable. The Whitby 42 has a center cockpit
layout which makes the aft cabin completely separate from the main
cabin. The saloon and the aft cabin are connected by a small hallway.
The hull is composed of a composite of alternate layers of woven roving
and fiberglass mat using a polyester resin. A balsa wood core is
incorporated in the hull structure from just below the sheer to about a
foot below the static waterline. The decks are composed of a balsa wood
core covered with fiberglass mat and cloth. The desk is fastened to the
hull on an inward flange with through bolts.
Auxiliary power was
originally provided by a 67 HP Ford Lehman diesel engine installed
beneath the cockpit deck. Many of the current Whitby’s have been
re-powered with similar engines. This arrangement, and the large prop
provides plenty of power. The 200 gallon fuel tank can provide a range
of more than 1,200 miles without refueling. The engine room is easily
accessible for service. The cockpit sole is removable, if the engine
ever needs to be replaced. The engine room is large enough to
accommodate an auxiliary generator and air conditioning.