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Whitby 42

1972 — 1988
Designer
Edward S. Brewer
Builder
Ft. Myers Yacht & Shipbuilding
Whitby Boat Works Ltd.
Hull Type
Long Keel
Construction
FG
Associations
?

Dimensions

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

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Ketch
Reported Sail Area
875 ft2 / 81.3 m2
Total Sail Area
702.2 ft2 / 65.2 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
322.5 ft2 / 30 m2
P
43 0 / 13.1 m
E
14 11 / 4.6 m
Mast Height
?
Foresail
Sail Area
379.8 ft2 / 35.3 m2
I
49 0 / 14.9 m
J
15 5 / 4.7 m
Est. Forestay Len.
51 4 / 15.7 m
Mizzen
PY
31 5 / 9.6 m
EY
10 11 / 3.4 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Ford Lehman
Model
?
HP
?
Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
180 gal / 681 l

Accomodations

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

Calculations

Hull Speed
7.66 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
17.06
good performance
Ballast/Displacement
34.04
less stiff, less powerful
Displacement/Length
300.87
heavy
Comfort Ratio
33.37
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
1.82
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

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.

History

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.

Construction

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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