The Hardy 42 hull is one of the best shapes we have ever driven through broken water – sporting a completely rounded hull shape with a sharp forefoot, fine stem, deep moulded keel to protect her underwater gear. Driving these boats into a heavy head-sea is a thrilling experience, with the flared bows powering the spray aside and cleaving the seas with that high, sharp bow profile. Andrew Wolstenholme has a knack for designing capable hulls, and the proof of the pudding with this one is that the RNLI have a brace of Hardy 42s which it uses for in-house helm training.
With a masterfully-executed layout, this particular 42 has three cabins (one single side cabin forward to port, and a forward vee–twin cabin (both with access to the forward heads) with the aft cabin stretching across the full beam of the yacht, housing a centreline double berth, and vast volumes of hanging and lockered stowage. The lower helm sits raised to the port side at the forward end of the saloon – with de-misters for her screens, twin KAB shock-dampening seats and easy access to the decks from wheelhouse doors on both sides, this is a superb driving environment.
Having visited the Norfolk yard where the 42 has been built, it is evident that this is traditional British boat-building at its best. Hardy are not heavily mechanized, build their own interiors (“Achates”’ varnished teak is in great condition – with the evident care of her previous Owners), with hulls being fitted-out labour-intensively by a long-term team of skilled craftsmen. As PowerBoat & RIB put it: “The Hardy 42 is a boat with a timeless design, which, like its siblings, never seems to lack in popularity – possibly due to the ever-changing British weather. It does, of course, have many capable rivals, but few boats offer such a degree of comfort, practicality and performance in such a capable seagoing boat.”
ACHATES has only been lightly used, and shows just over 1000 hours on her twin Yanmar 420s. She is well set-up for adventuring – with Hydronic diesel-fired heating, generator, satellite TV, extra fridges and a hydraulic aft platform for easy tender launch/recovery. She shows very well, with little evident wear to her teak decks, well-preserved interior joinery, and has recently had her topsides and superstructure cut and polished. Her owner has decided that it is time to hang up his sea boots, and pass her on. These are rare to the market, so we do look forward to welcoming you on board.