The Hardy Commodore 42 epitomises the spirit of this well-respected British boat-builder.
From the late 1970’s Hardy have built excellent semi-displacement motor-yachts – with commercial customers such as the RNLI selecting the 42 for helm and crew-training. A fully-rounded, keeled hull form cushions her hull and its inhabitants from the worst that a whipped-up chop can throw – leading to a far more comfortable yachting experience than a planing hull will afford, and allowing longer trips in more “exciting” weather. 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. There is plenty of power in reserve thanks to her having the larger twin MAN 450HP diesel option, and there is a linear wave of oomph when you need it, and she will run into the high twenties if pressed.
With a masterfully-executed layout, the 42 has two good ensuite cabins, 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 electrically–heated screens, twin KAB525 shock-dampening seats and a new twin plotter navigational set-up, it is a superb driving environment.
In her second Ownership from new, with continual improvements and regular maintenance, this is a superbly-presented example of the 42. She is so easy to handle (we note twin hydraulic locking thrusters and silky throttles), and her length means that she will both handle a decent sea, whilst remaining compact enough to fit into most berths.