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Old 24-12-2007, 11:58   #1
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Brewer 42, Opinions please?

Would appreciate any opinions on this design, Brewer 42, Used Boats Online at DB YACHTS - Powered by BoatPoint Australia
This is the boat that was knocked down leaving Nelson, NZ heading to Australia
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Old 24-12-2007, 16:57   #2
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The B42 is a redesigned Whitby 42. Several owners of the Whitby approached Ted Brewer and requested that he redesign the Whitby's hull configuration so that she would sail/point better. Brewer changed the full keel to a modified keel with the "Brewer Bite" (cut-away fore portion of the keel) and gave her a skeg hung rudder. He acheived the desired results of a better performing boat under sail.

Ft Myers Yachts built the new design. They also built several Whitby 42s and the B42 evolved into the Brewer 12.8. The B42s were built in two sail configurations....sloop and double headsail ketch. Most had an advertised draft of 4.5' (5.0' in reality) with a swing keel. However, some were built with a deeper fixed keel (don't recall the depth).

The B42 ketch is an excellent cruiser. I spent 17 months refitting our B42 and found her to be extremely well built. Having spent the last three winters cruising aboard her, my opinion has only strenghtened. The only negative I found was that the wiring was undersized (although it may have been the standard in the early 80s) and her bow is easily pushed about by 15+ knot winds while docking/mooring. Our B42 is a ketch, so I can not speak to the sailing characteristics of the sloop.

Several Whitbys and Brewers have circumnavigated.

Go to: Whitby42BrewerAssn - Home

The owners association is extremely helpful.

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Old 24-12-2007, 17:25   #3
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"Lady Hawk" is our Brewer 44 built in 1988 at Ft. Meyers Yacht. We bought here a year ago this week; moved aboard in March. Every person that has worked on her has marveled at the strength and soundness of the boat. We have replaced wiring in some areas where work was being done. We are very happy. She just feels strong undersail or at the dock. If you can step aboard other boats and then step on a Brewer, you will recognize the difference.

After a year of taking care of repairs, upgrading and adding equipment we have been cruising for five nights. Tonight we are in No Name Harbor in Key Biscayne. We plan on doing some water sailing">blue water sailing soon. Good Luck
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