Not sure what your purpose in owning a C42 is, but will guess you wish to cruise
some distance with it.
The C42 does what it was designed and built for very well. It is a nice daysailing and weekending boat for protected waters. The 3 cabin
version works for those attempting to jam casual guests aboard for an overnight. It does not do much more than this.
The layout of the tri-cabin/ pullman berth version of the boat limits any available stowage space and makes this a very poor liveaboard
boat. Having two cabins aft makes for two SMALL cabins and NO storage
space in that area. The pullman may be attractive from one point of view, placing the head
in the forepeak makes it pretty much useless underway and in a rolly anchorage. The pullman berth is smaller than the vee berth version. Not sure about ventilation.
Further to the tri-cabin layout, if I remember correctly, the position of the nav sta in the forward part of the salon
makes it pretty much useless as well. You would generally not route
many of the electronics
from there and certainly will not be talking to the helmsman from there.
I personally find the dinette settee arrangement to also be a poor choice for a long distance cruiser. Most cruisers do not spend any time sitting down at the dinner table. They are more likely to wedge themselves into a cozy spot with their legs up and lounge. Longer, straight settees or L shaped settees facilitate this, not the design of the C42.
Finally, there have been a few reports of C42's being sailed offshore
(not many). Several reports by delivery
skippers have indicated that these boats 'work' in a seaway. The bulkheads ...at least in one such report...came lose and moved somewhat. The hull
does not seem to be stiff enough for most offshore
work, even a jaunt to the islands. This of course could be anecdotal...just a few boats amoung many happier customers...hard to tell with so few used offshore.
The C42 is a price
boat designed and constructed for the average sailor ...a sailor who will use her carefully and sparingly.
Just an opinion, but do some real due diligence before diving
in. In boating
, you usually get what you pay for.