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 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.