Re: Opinion on Solaris 42
We think the Solaris 42 is the best catamaran
for our family
cruising and liveaboard
lifestyle. Ours was built in 1975 to the specifications of a meticulous German business man. We bought her in 1992. It was bigger than we had wanted but turned our perfect for all weather
cruising and liveaboard
with our two children
, a boy and a girl.
We have refurbished her to close to original. We love the folding saloon
table and the beautiful curved hardwood furniture, door arches and insulated headliners. With full headroom
throughout she is ideal for short or tall!
rig with electric genoa furling
makes it easy to sail in all weathers from the cockpit
. She is equipped with genoa
, main, stay and blister sails. She is a doddle sailing down wind
and fairly close to the wind. The genoa helps pull the bow over on tacks. There are mast
steps on both masts. We have renewed the rigging
She is not a racing
cat and we reckon an average 6kt though we have reached higher speed with wind and tide. We relied on strategy to beat competition to port in tidal seaways.
We cruised in northern latitudes so appreciated the removable cockpit bimini
under the fibreglass and stainless canopy. The stern seating and table and large lazarette are ideal for al fresco dining. There is easy access from the wide decks to pontoons, dinghy
or stern swim ladder.
It has a well laid hull
with little sign of osmosis
when stripped and inspected. She is now fully epoxied and Coppercoated The chain plates are securely mounted so there is no play or flexing.
It provides a stable ride in all weathers. We replaced the original Mercedes engines with twin Yanmar
saildrives. There is a transparent water
trap on each engine
to avoid potential weed blockage There are two 60 gallon stainless fuel
and water tanks
in each hull
The bow thruster allows simple docking
even in windy conditions. We have anchor
windlasses on both bows and stern anchors for bow-to mooring
Ours came with Simrad
that we recently updated to the integrated NMEA2000 system. We can sail a set course or in a set wind direction or follow bottom contours.
It has holding plate fridge/freezer (24VDC and 240VAC through a transformer). A gas 3 burner stove and oven
and 24V microwave made cooking
There is a 24VDC house battery
bank charged by a wind charger
and a twin 12VDC engine
banks charged by solar
. Both make us self sufficient. We have dual 12V and 24V mains chargers. We have a 24VDC-240VAC inverter
The engines or immersion heater heat domestic water.
The German owner provided a full set of manuals
, that we continued. It proves invaluable when spares were needed in some remote
We have davits
for the dinghy
and a boarding ladder that serves as a handy cycle rack. The Raritan electric
toilet, approved by the US CG for discharge into the Great lakes
, proved a boon in crowded harbours or marinas
We found we could cruise
safely and arrive in relative comfort. It was especially comfortable when we over-wintered in St Kathryn’s Dock
near Tower Bridge. It the perfect London flat at an affordable price!
The shallow draft
made it easy to go through the mast-up routes through the Netherlands
and Gota Canal and Swedish Lakes.
From experience with our earlier Caribbean
sailboat we expect the Solaris 42 would be equally at home there.
If your needs are like ours this could be the ideal boat.
If you do not succeed with the one you found, we are getting ours ready for sale
now the children
have left home. We need to downsize. Hope this helps.