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    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    1980 Whitby 42
    $56,000 USD
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    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    1980 Whitby 42
    $56,000 USD
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    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    1980 Whitby 42
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    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    1980 Whitby 42
    $56,000 USD

1980 Whitby 42

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
$56,000 USD

‘Salicorne’, a Ted Brewer designed Whitby 42 (built 1980 and launched 1981 in Ontario Canada) is for sale in Asia.

This fabulous centre cockpit liveabord is currently berthed in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. She is one of only a few Whitbys which were converted from a ketch to a cutter rig (Florida 2005). New boom, spreaders etc were added then. New standing rigging again replaced in 2013 including Harken roller reefing.

‘Salicorne’ is a spacious, sturdy and rugged full-keeled, heavy displacement center cockpit monohull ideal for those who want more living space on board. She has two double berths each with private toilet and large saloon (which converts to a double berth plus single) and galley. The owners have lived on board for the last three years so she is well maintained. She is Guernsey registered and comes with lots of extras.

LOA: 12.8m LWL: 9.96m Beam: 3.96m Headroom: 2m Draft: 1.52m Mast: Deck stepped Keel: Long keel Hull & Deck: Fiberglass

Standing rigging and harken roller furler replaced in 2013. Engine: Perkins 4-236 (Detroit diesel engine block). All exhaust hoses replaced 2017(Vetus). Balmar 150amp alternator. Balmar max charge multi regulator.

Batteries: 6 marine deep cycle house batteries replaced November 2019. 1 cranking battery ( Dec 2018) 1 windlass battery.

Propeller: 3 bladed bronze fixed blade

Wind generator: Air X marine wind power 400w. New blades fitted 2017 Solar power: 4 x100watt panels fitted 2018 with smart control box plus One older 80 watt panel.

Navigation: VHF radio - Icom VHF Dsc Fitted in nav station. Furono GPS in Nav station. Autopilot Raymarine P70. Garmin echomap 50s plotter, fitted in cockpit.

Tankage: Water: 2 tanks, 440l total. Fuel: 2 tanks, 500l total.

Sails, total of three: One main, good condition. Head sails, one Harken cruising furler. Tasker sails new 2016. One inner hank on, good condition.

Fridge: Isotherm compact 2507 water cooled refrigeration unit and piping fitted Aug 2016 (dc)

Toilets: Jabsco Marine manual (forward), plus one electric toilet in aft head. Hoses to forward head replaced 2017.

Galley sink, 2 Gimbaled Gas stove + oven. Gas piping replaced 2017. (Force 10) with crash bar and locking device fitted. Two gas cylinders in designated aft locker.

Gas sniffer installed 2017.

Electric wiring (including shore power). All wiring replaced 2018.

New LED lighting throughout. 12 volt Fans fitted throughout. Inverter: Sterling. Pro power pure sine wave invertor. 1600w New 2017. Smart Battery charger: ProMariner. ProNautic 2017.

Hard top added in 2018 to provide more shade.

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Edward S. Brewer
Ft. Myers Yacht & Shipbuilding
Whitby Boat Works Ltd.
# Built


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

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
875′² / 81.3 m²
Total Sail Area
702′² / 65.2 m²
Sail Area
322′² / 30 m²
43 0 / 13.1 m
14 11 / 4.6 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
380′² / 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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