Not having any kind of a sailing experience in a Via42.
Just being French.
Although not so many have been build, these Via 42 are well known in France
. The shipyard was reputable, and the boat was shown as being the reference of the aluminium swing keel
ship in books
and press at the time.
It was in the years when a fashion was beginning in France for low draft offshore
cruiser made with aluminium. The mythology of french sailor, going for a world tour, was that you had to explore the coral
island in polynesia. Now, Ovni
sailboats have a monopoly on this market.
Today, Via42 value seems to be above average for a boat this size and age.
Recently, there was one for sale
on the website of Raitea Yacht broker, in French Polynesia
Having said that, this is a special boat. It may have little drawbacks that i'd not heard of.