February 14, 2019
The Windy 40 Bora has been long respected as one of the finest fast deep-vee hulls to have ever been built. Windy’s in-house designer Hans Jorgen Johnsen designed the original in 1997 and as Volvo Penta updated and uprated their engine choice to the D-series of engines, so Windy updated and re-worked the 40 Bora to the 42 Grand Bora.
With a long, lean hull, the Windy 42 Grand Bora is an athletic performer, with 43 knots on tap. “Thunderbird 7” is fitted with punchy twin Volvo D6 diesels rated @ 350HP (inline 6 cylinders, super-charged and turbo-charged) – with recent servicing to both drives and engines. These engines are ideally-suited to the 42, being well-balanced, with strong low-end torque and a common-rail fuel dosing system, yet compact. Smooth EVC electronic throttles deliver her power effortlessly and with a frugal combined fuel burn of 60 litres per hour at a 28 knot cruise, this is a surprisingly economic performer. Fitted with a Sleipner bow-thruster for ease of berthing, this is a very intuitive boat to handle. Having the engines fitted well aft, beneath the tender garage and aft sun mattress, (effectively baffling motor noise away from the helm) results in quiet sound levels at cruising speed, and access to the engine bay is either via the removable tender garage floor, or a hatch in the cockpit sole. The bathing platform on the 42 is stretched a little from her predecessor, to give a little more available area and making side-boarding easier, and is laid with teak on “Thunderbird 7”. The spacious aft garage is topped by a sun-pad, with beige foredeck sun cushions also included in her inventory, and wrap-round seating by the folding cockpit table; so there is a huge amount of both available seating and lounging space on deck.
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Windy Boats are renowned as being a driver’s boat, and the driving position on the 42 is, unsurprisingly, quite sublime. Two individually adjustable, bolstered helm seats face the console, and the ergonomics of the steering wheel, throttles and switching are all spot on. With a commanding view and a raised deck (the cockpit sole being the deck-head of the aft cabins) you can really feel that stiff Norwegian hull powering through the water. The sea-keeping and grip of the 42’s hull has to be experienced to be fully understood – this 7-ton cruiser handles like she’s on rails and is super-responsive to helm or throttle input. With three sets of spray rails promoting early planing, the hull is very dry through the water, and any spray is left well behind when she is on the plane. The screen is kept low and raked, but provides good protection when under way, with the full camper canopy hung from the radar arch, to cover the cockpit as required.
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Below decks, the 42 has a beautifully finished high-gloss mahogany joinery finish set off by a polished cherry cabin sole. The open-plan main cabin is fully trimmed out with Alcantara side linings and an easy-maintenance vinyl headliner to prevent condensation, provide insulation, and the cabins are air-conditioned, with a reverse cycle facility for heating if needed. The saloon sofa (which can convert to a vast double berth) has the cream leather upholstery upgrade, a polished inlaid table, and is just a step away from the galley area to port, which is equipped with an electric hob, refrigerator, sink and plenty of storage – with a Whisper generator providing power when you are away from shore. The heads is set to starboard for easy access from the saloon, with a walk-in roundel shower stall, electric wc, holding tank controls and moulded basin. The two double aft cabins (master to starboard with a dressing seat) have decent hanging lockers, are again fully-trimmed and well-finished.
Therefore, if you are looking for a long-legged fast Scandinavian quality cruiser with breath-taking handling, six berths, a dinghy garage and a set-up, which is happy in hot or cold climes, then please do enquire further on this Windy.