1982 Whitby Whitby 42 Ketch

San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
$60,000 USD
Condition: excellent

Price drop until end of March only!!! Just passed sea trial and survey with no problems.

This is an unique Whitby 42 with a lot of recent upgrades. She was design by Ted Brewer and was arguably the most commercially successful design of his. The strength of the Whitby 42 clearly lies in her accommodations with good-sized staterooms forward and aft, with two separate bathrooms and a big living room with a “U” shaped galley with a lot of storage. She has a comfortable navigation station with all the communication equipment at your fingers. Along the passageway aft you can find a workbench and the electrical panel on starboard, and on portside the engine room. This Whitby 42 has received a lot of love and maintenance, and will be a perfect match for someone looking for a live abroad boat with a lot of soul.

She has been on the hard the last 6 months during the hurricane season, and will be ready for a sea trial 12-17th of March with new bottom paint! Best offer gets her before the end of March!

Equipment: Galley

  • REFRIGERATION: 12v Danfoss cold machine refer system w/salt water cooling
  • STOVE: Force 10 Marine
  • FRESH WATER SYSTEM: Par pressure water system
  • FRESH WATER SYSTEM: Electrical (new 2019)
  • WATER HEATER: 120v w/engine heat exchanger 6 gallon.
  • OTHER: Two aluminum propane tanks


  • RADAR: Furuno DRS4W (new 2019)
  • VHF: Standard Horizon GX2200 metrix AIS/GPS (new 2019)
  • AUTO PILOT: Simrad AP16 (new control head 2019)
  • MUSIC: Soundboks 2 (new 2019)
  • TV: Spectra (new 2018)
  • DEEPTHSOUNDER: Datamarine 3000
  • SECURITY: Sirene Marine w/gps tracker (new 2019)
  • BATTERIES: 8x (new 2019)
  • BATTERY CHARGER: Xantrex Tru-Charge 40
  • SOPLAR PANEL: 2x 100W (new 2019)
  • INVERTER: Xantrex Sinewave 1800


  • BILGE PUMP: 2x electrical (new 2019) & 1x manual
  • HOLDING TANK: Yes macerator pump
  • HEATER: Newport diesel
  • PROPELLER: 3-blade fixed bronze
  • STEERING: Hydraulic with emergency tiller
  • RUDDER: Increased from its original size


  • BRAND: Ford
  • MODEL: Lehman
  • TYPE: Inboard
  • FUEL: Diesel
  • PROPELLER: 3 blade propeller
  • POWER: 80 HP
  • ENGINE HOURS: 137 (since new meter in 2011)



  • ANCHORS: 1x 30kg Bruce anchor, 1x CQR, 1x Danforth anchor, 1x Luke Storm Anchor, 1x Dinghy anchor.
  • ANCHOR WINDLASS: Guindeau GDI-600 electric
  • SWIMMING PLATFORM: Custom built SS and teak (new 2019)
  • DECK WASH DOWN: Saltwater
  • COVERS: Fabric dodger, extended in 2019.
  • TEAK: All teak redone with Cetol (new 2019)
  • LIFE LINE: Black Dyneema (new 2019)


  • CHAINPLATES: Brand new chainplates may 2019, increased size from original.
  • STANDING RIG: Brand new standing rig may 2019, STA-LOK fittings with new turnbuckles.
  • ROLLER FURLER: Profurl
  • WINCHES: All serviced in 2019.

Sails * 1X MAIN (good condition) * 1X MIZZEN (good condition) * 1X JIB (good condition) * 1X STA-SAIL (good condition) * 1X SPINNAKER (excellent condition) * 1X STORM JIB (excellent condition) * 1X STORM SAIL (excellent condition)

Safety * EPIRB: Yes. * LIFERAFT: Viking 6 persons (need certification) * LIFE SLING: Yes. * FIRS AID KIT: Yes. *

Extra * SINGER Heavy duty sewing machine (new 2019) * Printer w/scanner * Lots of tools and electronic tools * Different epoxy paint * Interior (pillows, pictures, etc.) * Kitchen equipments * Dingy engine (well used, but in working condition) * 2x Paddleboard w/oars (new 2019) * Fishing rod * Spear to hunt fish * Sailing books and Sea of Cortez books *

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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
Engine Hours


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.

Links, References and Further Reading

» 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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