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Whitby 42

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.

Under sail she has speed on reaches and runs well. The best attributes of the Whitby 42 is in the accommodations. Both staterooms are generously sized, and have large heads with showers adjoining them. The galley is well suited for cooking both underway and at anchor. The galley’s location is perfect for keeping the cook both in the action and out of the way. The large saloon, well laid out navigation station and the workbench in the passageway between the saloon and the after stateroom make the boat one of the most livable production boats around.

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Measurements should be considered approximate and the manufacturer’s specifications may be relied upon. Bow & stern extensions are generally excluded.

Length Overall

42’ 0"

Waterline Length

32’ 8"

Maximum Beam

13’ 0"

Headroom 6'6"
Maximum Draft

5’ 0"


23,500 lbs

Ballast 8,000 lbs.
Fuel Capacity

300 Gallons

Water Capacity

300 Gallons

Engine 67 HP Diesel
PHRF Rating 168
Sail Area with 100% Fore triangle

875 Sq ft.


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