We had lived on our L42 for 9 months until recently hauling it out for hurricane
season. What you are looking to do is easily accomplished and comfortable on a L42.
A little context on our vessel:
Owners Version with built in washer/dryer
4 x 330w solar panels
105L AC/DC water maker
TV in salon
with US antenna
(Though we've only been able to test/use the antenna
J Sink 4-person hookah
Let's start with our storage config:
Stbd bow locker = Spare parts
, halyards, tools, filters, misc. 50% full, nothing occupying bilge
Port bow locker = Code 0, net cushions
, SUP bags, ball fenders. 40% full, nothing occupying bilge
Genset Locker = Only genset in here, some spare room, but we don't use it.
= 85 meters of chain, 15 meters of nylon rode
, 6 docking/mooring lines, 6 tube fenders. Not much room for anything else in there... maybe a couple more ropes.
compartment = Not used for storage, but plenty of room if desired
compartment = Not used for storage, some room, water maker located here so I would be hesitant to put too much other 'crap' in here.
Underseat storage in cockpit
= Spare Delta
anchor (plan to change this as it doesn't break down and a pain to get in/out), hookah lines, weight belts, random tools, spare ropes, etc. Mostly full, but this is a great storage place.
in almost all cabinets, food
in permanent stool, food/booze under L shaped couch sans the most port side area, this holds our ditch bag, spare fire extinguisher, other survival gear
= clothes in both closets and under bed
. Random storage in whole row of cabinets along stbd side of owners cabin.
Owners bathroom = boat cleaning
and personal products. bountiful space in here.
Forward Port Guest cabin = we use this as extra provisioning
storage and random stuff. We don't plan on ever having more than one other couple on the boat at a time so this is bonus room for us. I store the hookah here when it's not assembled and locked on deck
. We also use this as our bulk beer buying
storage and etc.
Aft Port guest Cabin = this is always made up and ready for guests. closet and under bed
Overall living on a 42 is very comfy! We have the salon table down and into the day bed position all of the time, it's a great spot to hang out to watch a movie
at night or nap. There's plenty of storage for months of food and cooking
utensils. During our last pass through St Maarten I had rear cockpit sun shades made, these have been a lifesaver for afternoon/evening sun, it's a must!
With our current solar
array and usage, we only run the generator
after a cloudy day that we spent indoors playing video games or watching movies. Or, when we need to run the washer/dryer (the drying aspect is useless, we wash then hang dry). Watermaker
is run every other day during peak sun.
We always close our black tanks
when at an anchorage and have stayed at anchor up to 10 days once without issue. We use the forward guest head as the #1 toilet(if we don't just jump off or go off the sugar scoops). After we fill the owners head tank, we move over to the aft guest head. As long as you keep the flushes small and don't waste room on #1's there is plenty of space for an extended anchorage stay.
Please feel free to ask any other specific questions you have. Also, there is a possibility our vessel may go up for sale
in the next couple months so I can stay ashore and work
on a new business acquisition I just did. If you haven't found a vessel yet and want to chat, send me a PM on this or any other private questions you have.