We own a 1987 Tayana 42 CC.
I sat here for a long time trying to think of shortcomings of this boat. Not that it is perfect, but realizing this is all subjective and we typically see what we want to see. For us the Tayana 42 CC is a good fit.
B'Shert is exactly right about the windlass
and the tanks. The previous owner of our boat moved the windlass out of the locker and on to the foredeck. This solves the angle of approach concern for the chain, but at a cost of losing deck space. I wouldn't say it's ugly sitting there, but I will be looking for a cover to put on it. A Magnum BBQ grill
cover would work great and would stimulate some dock
access is often a problem in sailboats and the Tayana is no exception. The doghouse under the companion way can be pulled to access the front of the engine. There is an access panel in the aft head shower
stall. And access to the rear of the engine and shaft, from the aft cabin
...but if you go in here you might never get out!
The center cockpit
is somewhat tight for both a helmsman and a line handler. The winches and the helm
occupy the same space, so when I'm working the headsail sheets
, I am usually outside of the cockpit
so as to not run over my wife, at the helm
. I think an aft cockpit offers more room, in this regard, because the winches are usually set forward of the helm more.
in the aft cabin
is athwartships, which is nice. But it is a weird shape = custom sheets
. And it is a bear to make. I am 5-10 and have enough room, but taller people might run out of room.
The cutter rig is a challenge to tack. You can drag the headsail through the slot, but that is sure hard on it. I learned a technique where we fall off the wind
so that the main shadows the head
sail, and reduces the pressure. I can then easily furl the headsail, in a calm manner, and make our tack. This is a cruising method of tacking, but it is consistent with the laid back, open ocean question: do we tack today, or wait until tomorrow?.
Well, that's a few of the things I struggled to come up with. We are still fairly new to the boat, so our delights still far outweigh our gripes. A trend I hope continues.