The Beneteau Oceanis 42CC is a splendid blue water cruising yacht built for comfort. It is ideal for living aboard or for long distance cruising. This boat is completely fitted out ready for the new owner to sail.
As the original owner I chose the specifications for safety, comfort and ease of sailing with just one or two people. All sail handling and navigation can be done without leaving the safety of the deep centre cockpit. The hydraulic wheel mounted on the starboard cockpit bulkhead and the teak seat take the stress out of long distance voyages.
The cockpit is well sheltered by a fixed windscreen, with opening window and a standard hood which covers a third of the cockpit and folds neatly away. We added a custom designed hood extension to enclose the entire cockpit even when sailing so the wet weather gear hardly ever gets used. Both cockpit hoods (standard and custom) can be folded back out of the way and stowed with their own covers. In addition three sides of the custom hood can be opened and rolled up.
There is a large aft-deck part of which can be slid back to reveal the drop-down transom which becomes the bathing platform with hot and cold shower and bathing ladder.
Quite simply, our 2nd retirement! We have lived on the boat for ten years and cruised large parts of the Meditteranean and as our travelling home we have taken great pride and care of it. But now it is time for another change so we are looking for new owners who will get as much pleasure as we have.
The 42CC has a generous owners cabin with walk around double bed, vanity desk with mirror, a seat with cushions either side of the bed, hanging lockers and a large en-suite toilet and shower. The self contained forward cabin has a double bed with storage space, a hanging locker and itís own en-suit toilet and shower.
The salon is bright and airy with a three part panoramic panel with rigid blinds. To port is a chart table with partitioned storage space and a navigators seat with locker. To starboard is a sliding saloon table and a U shaped settee with cushions and backrests. There are shelves, cupboards, bar furniture and storage lockers. The table and settee can be converted into a double bed.
The well equipped galley has a 12V 170L electric double fridge, a 240v microwave, a gimbaled oven with 2 gas rings. a double stainless steel sink with swiveling hot/cold mixer tap and a sea-water tap operated by foot pump which is ideal for pre-rinsing dishes when at anchor. There is a fresh-water tap operated by foot pump in the unlikely event of an electric pump failure. There are Ample storage cupboards and shelves, cutlery drawers and crockery storage.
There are 2 fresh water tanks with a total of 540L. Hot water is stored in a 40L stainless steel tank (replaced Feb 2014) and is heated either by 240V immersion heater or by the diesel engine cooling system. The outside vented gas locker is large enough to take a 12kg butane cylinder which typically lasts us about 3 months.
There are two electrical systems, 12 volt and 240 volt. Four 12V batteries with over 500Ah capacity power the 12 volt system which is monitored by a Navtex BM-1. The batteries are charged by 150W solar panels (installed 2012) through an MTTP regulator which increases efficiency by up to 30% or by an intelligent 2.5kw charger/inverter made by Studer which keeps them charged when on shore power and can provide 240v from the 12v batteries as required when at sea. There is a 2Kw portable petrol generator on deck which connects to the shore power input if we need extra power (eg. microwave when at anchor) I have also installed several extra 12v and 240 outlets. The entire system is documented.
Keeping warm in winter is important so we have a Eberspacher diesel hot air system with outlets in both heads, both cabins and the salon. The Eberspacher can also blow ambient air (without heating) for ventilation in summer.
For Navigation there is a Raymarine RL72CRC colour chart plotter with combined radar overlay and had it installed in the cockpit in front of the wheel, normally practice is to install it by the chart table but I don't steer from there! I also had a link between the laptop on the chart table and the plotter which allows me to use the chart plotter and radar through the laptop as a full backup system.
The Raymarine ST60 instruments, Tridata, wind, close hauled wind, depth, and an Echopilot forward looking echo-sounder are also installed in front of the wheel so all information is available at a glance.
A Simrad RD68 DSC VHF radio and Target Navtex Pro-Plus complete the electronics package.
The engine is a Volvo D255, 55hp installed in a spacious and well sound-proofed engine compartment with everything easily accessible for maintenance. A 240 litre diesel capacity gives us about 120 hours running time, or roughly 600 nautical mile range assuming we never put the sails up. But thereís nothing better than being under sail and with the engine off. Although not used very often the bow-thruster is a very useful addition especially for getting in and out of very tight berths.
Standard on the 42CC but worth a mention is the integrated hydraulic steering, no cables or chain links to the rudder. It makes for a seamless integration of course computer steering and manual steering because the wheel is connected directly to the hydraulic system. In the unlikely event of a complete hydraulic failure there is a manual steering handle which I have tested.
Apart from the usual flares, horseshoe, Danbury, liferaft, safety harnesses, etc. we had a rope cutter installed, three powder fire extinguishers and an automatic Sea-Fire gas extinguisher in the engine compartment.