Beneteau First 42


In 1981 this German Frers design was quite a leap in size for the company. Based on Gitana VII, winner of the 1979 Two-Ton Cup, she was a lively performer but with an accommodation layout that has proved popular with private owners and charter companies alike. Some of her popularity may have been due to her extremely attractive launch price, which undercut all rivals. Nearly 200 were sold. She has been praised for her handling, speed and practical accommodation but criticised for being a handful short-handed and wet below, because of a very shallow bilge. There were also criticisms of the Goïot deck gear. She could sleep up to eight with pilotberths in the saloon, and had a heads in each end. The forward heads was en suite with the forecabin, which, at least in harbour, would be the owner’s quarters.

LOA 12.8m (42ft), LWL 11m (36ft 1in), beam 4m (13ft 1in), draught 2.2m (7ft 2in), displacement 8,500lb (19,000lb). Price guide: £65,000 to £80,000. YM Test Report October 1982.