1982 Whitby 42

Seabrook, Texas, United States
$65,000 USD

The Master Cabin is aft and has a large athwartship berth and has tons of storage in nicely finished cabinets both to port and starboard. There are steps to an overhead hatch, seating areas both to port and starboard and plenty of room for changing. Two hatches and 5 opening ports provide excellent ventilation.
The large Private Head for the master suite is just forward and to port and features a manual commode, plenty of cabinet space and a long counter top with mirror and SS sink. The Hall Passageway is to starboard. A long work-bench outboard with cabinets below and behind.
The Engine Room is to the port side of the hallway and provides excellent access with large doors. With quick-release hinges, the doors can be removed for even better access. A small cabinet is just forward of the engine room and houses a water filter and the compressor for the freezer/fridge.
The Nav-station is just to starboard of the companionway. The forward-facing nav desk is large with a comfortable seat and is excellent for navigation duties. There is plenty of space for electronics.
The U-shaped Galley is to port and is huge. The centerline double sink ensures proper drainage on both tacks and the copious amount of counter space and very large fridge and freezer will make any chef happy.
The Salon has an L-shaped settee to port and a straight settee to starboard. A bulkhead-mounted table keeps the salon "open and roomy" when not deployed.
The Forward Head has 2 doors-a private one to the guest cabin and one that leads to the salon. There is a shower, manual commode, cabinets and counter with SS sink.
Opposite of the guest head is a hanging locker.
Forward is the Guest Cabin with V-berth, cabinets both to port and starboard, storage for
the berth insert, drawers below and access to the anchor rode forward.

ComNav Marine 1001 below deck
Garmin GPS MAP 740s
Garmin 198 GPS
Pactor Modem PTC-IIex
SGC Powertalk HF SSB Transceiver with external speaker
Raytheon R45 VHF
Autohelm Speed, Wind, Depth custom mounted over the companionway
Stereo with Bose salon speakers and cockpit speakers

Mechanical & Electrical:
Fuel polishing system
Dual Racor fuel filters with water separators
Heart Interface Freedom 20 Charger

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About the Whitby 42

Edward S. Brewer
Ft. Myers Yacht & Shipbuilding
Whitby Boat Works Ltd.
# Built
Hull Type
Long Keel


Length Overall
41 11 / 12.8 m
Waterline Length
32 8 / 10 m
12 11 / 4 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
23,500 lbs / 10,659 kg
8,000 lbs / 3,629 kg

Rig and Sails

Masthead Ketch
Reported Sail Area
875 ft2 / 81.3 m2
Total Sail Area
702.2 ft2 / 65.2 m2
Sail Area
322.5 ft2 / 30 m2
43 0 / 13.1 m
14 11 / 4.6 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
379.8 ft2 / 35.3 m2
49 0 / 14.9 m
15 5 / 4.7 m
Forestay Length
51 4 / 15.7 m
31 5 / 9.6 m
10 11 / 3.4 m

Auxilary Power

Ford Lehman
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
180 gal / 681 l


Water Capacity
290 gal / 1,098 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.66 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
good performance
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

The Whitby 42 is a rugged-looking, full keeled, heavy displacement cruiser designed by Ted Brewer in 1973 but lacking the “Brewer bite” that improved the performance of her sisterships, the Brewer 12.8 and Brewer 44. Although the most commercially successful of Ted Brewer’s designs, and considered a good value, liveaboard shoal water cruiser, opinion is that the Whitby 42 is not as rugged as she might suggest. Although she has completed serious offshore passages, weaknesses in her construction mean that she is not the preferred choice for serious blue water sailors. Not renowned for performance under sail, the accommodations are perhaps the real attraction of this center cockpit cruiser as well as the 5′ draft which is excellent for shoal waters.


The first Whitby 42 splashed out of the yard in Ontario, Canada in 1973. Whitby Yachts, owned by Kurt and Doris Hansen, went on to build 200 hulls from 1973 to 1983. Previous to this, Whitby Boat Works had built the Alberg 30 and Alberg 37. With the 42′ construction quality gradually improved until 1983. Production then shifted south to Fort Myers Shipyard in Florida where another 32 of these ketches were built along with the Brewer 12.8 and Brewer 44. The Myers versions have a reputation as having the highest quality construction. The 12.8 design substituted a cutter rig instead of the Whitby’s ketch rig, added a Brewer bite to the full keel and added a centerboard. The hulls are lighter and stronger, and the weight savings are used to increase ballast and stability. The Brewer 44’s are a stretch version of the 12.8’s.

Boat Configuration

The Whitby 42 has a modern center cockpit aft stateroom with walk through arrangement. Forward is a large V-berth. There is a forward head with shared shower. In the salon, a L-shaped settee dinette arrangement is offset by two swivel chairs. The swivel chairs illustrate that the Whitby 42 was geared more as a liveaboard than a serious offshore cruiser. A U-shaped galley is aft to port. The walkway has low headroom due to the cockpit lockers. The aft cabin has a full width bunk with en-suite head.


The hull has balsa cored topsides like many Canadian manufacturers of this vintage. Below are alternating layers of mat and woven roving with polyester resin. The hull and deck is secured on most by pop rivets. Enlaid is a molded liner to stiffen the hull and provide interior structure though at the expense of hull access. She has a ketch rig. The engine was a great 67 HP Ford Lehman that provides plenty of punch.

Under Sail

Sailing performance, though better than a Westsail 42, is still a bit of a weakness. Not only does she have a rather full keel with connected rudder, but her buttocks are more rounded so she is more tender than her rugged looks and heavy displacement might suggest. Without a bowsprit she has wicked weather helm. Otherwise she is a stout boat for the trades with her shoal draft of 5-feet able to access the shallowest of harbors.

Buyers Notes

Owners advise buyers to examine the water tanks which are oddly fiberglass with an aluminum top plate. Another problem is the keel fuel tank which sits down deep in the bilge. The hull to deck is often secured by stainless steel rivets although many took up the option of through bolts. The mizzen mast does not have a solid glass radii and is prone to compression. Look for 42’s with a bowsprit to reduce weather helm and increase performance.

» Kretschmer, John. “Whitby 42.” Used Boat Notebook. Pages 164 – 167.
» Hornor, Jack. “Whitby 42.” Boat US.
» The Whitby – Brewer Sailboat Association. The Whitby Owners Forum

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