Published in: Monday, 05 March 2012
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Sealine SC42

Functional design is the hallmark of Sealine, and the new SC42 from the UK builder has plenty of practical punch for first time yachtsmen looking to get out on the water, with a lot of space onboard

British builder Sealine has a reputation for doing things a bit differently than it competitors. In the past, this was highlighted by curvaceous styling and modest pricing. But times have changed. Now, the latest Sealine boats are setting the style standard for the future with clean sharp lines, and their latest offering, the SC42, certainly breaks the mould of conventional styling.

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There is a considerable challenge in designing a 42-footer because buyers’ expectations are high, but they want to keep the price down. The Sealine designers are masters at the clever use of space on-board, and this new design offers a great deal of value for money. Extra space has been gained by having a hull with an exceptionally wide beam of 4.5 metres, and the designers have put this extra space to good use.

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You might think that with such a wide beam that the handling at sea would suffer. But a sea trial showed that the handling is better than average. This can be partly attributed to the deep vee that has a deadrise of 18.5 degrees, which is high for this type of boat. This deep vee cushions the ride well, although there is some slamming from the wide chines when the going gets a bit rough. You can mitigate this to a certain extent by adjusting the fore and aft trim with the flaps. In general, the ride is smooth and fast enough to be exciting. The handling is sharp and you feel fully in control, although at speed with the flaps down the steering does become a bit woolly.

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Apart from the wide beam the hull is also deep, which to a certain extent spoils the exterior lines. But you can’t have everything in a boat this size. The raked bow merges smoothly into the topsides, with the superstructure creating a flowing line from bow to stern. The deck saloon/wheelhouse is open ended at the back, which might cause some to worry about security. However, canvas screens can be used to enclose the entire aft end, giving weather protection and a deterrence to any intruders.

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The focus of this design is on enjoyment in the fresh air, and this becomes clear as you notice the open back end, which allows the cockpit and saloon to be fully integrated. Combined with a huge sliding sunroof and large opening side windows, you can have all the fresh air that you can handle. The sunroof is one of the largest around relative to the size of the boat but being canvas, it does flap a bit at speed. The visibility through the windscreen is great except where the angled side mullions create quite a large blind spot at the edge that has you dodging from side to side to make sure that you don’t miss something in crowded waters. The view aft is also obstructed by the superstructure extension over the cockpit. However, you can check on anything coming up astern by simply ducking down a bit.

The helm on the starboard side forward is quite a way back from the windscreen and the space in between has been used for skylight windows to bring light to the saloon below. These windows could create bad reflections when the sun is at the right angle, but the rest of the helm is finished in a matt black material non-reflective material. The dash is well laid out, and the central navigation screen is surrounded by various displays. The use of both analogue and digital engine displays is overdoing it a bit, but you can seen the attraction of the retro-styled analogue dials with their chrome surrounds. Digital engine displays are almost mandatory these days.

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The controls come readily to hand, with the throttles being a joy to use although the loud beep when the gearboxes are put into neutral is a good safety feature. An option on the 42 is to have a joystick control that combines the thrust from the two stern drives to allow delicate and precise harbour manoeuvring. With this system, there is no need for a bow thruster. A useful feature of this Volvo Penta joystick is a push button that allows you to bring in more power and thrust to help in emergencies or when the wind is strong. Sealine is promising an alternative version that will have pod drives instead of the stern drives by the end of the year. 

There are four excellent supportive seas across the across the helm area so that all on board can have a forward facing seat. Those on the port side sit on top of a box structure that allows full headroom in part of the cabin below so sitting here means stretching the legs out horizontally onto a footrest. It is an unusual but quite comfortable arrangement – the outer seat can also convert to a sunbed. Behind these seats are two barbecue cabinets, the starboard one fully fitted and the port one designed for storage, housing various minor controls and if you desire, it can be fitted with a television. 

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At the rear of the cockpit there is a U-shaped settee that can be electrically adjusted to have the passage to the swim platform in the centre or at one side. The backrests aft can also be folded down to make a sun bed, but this is a bit precarious at sea with no aft rail or guard. The wide swim platform can be lowered and is used for the tender stowage.

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You head down below via stairs on the centreline at the helm and here you enter an area of warmth enhanced by the beautiful wood panelling in walnut and oak. This saloon has the fold-out dining table on the starboard side and the well equipped galley to port. Here there are no sharp edge to cause injury and useful raised edges to the table and worktops that help to secure utensils when the boat is moving.

Forward of the saloon are doors to port and starboard, leading to the shower room to port and the toilet and wash basin to starboard. The shower is exceptionally spacious and both of these facilities can be accessed directly from the master cabin forward providing ensuite units. The bed in this master is set high and the cabin has both skylight and side windows. Like the rest of the interior there is stowage in every nook and cranny. In the saloon there is under floor stowage and readily accessible panels to allow quick access to the bilge area. The aft cabin is tucked under the cockpit with only full headroom in the entrance area and in the compact ensuite bathroom. There are three individual beds here that can be joined or separated to create the sleeping arrangements that suit.

Just behind the barbecue area there is easy level side access to the side decks. The rails along these side decks are set low so that they do not offer complete security although a grab rail on the top of the superstructure does help. Forward, there is the hidden capstan in a locker and on the coachroof another sun bed, this one with angled head rests and side grab rails.

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The SC42 is a quite remarkable boat, and you have to keep reminding yourself that this is only a 42-footer – It has the attributes of a much larger boat in terms of space, facilities and handling. Many of the features on this boat are options and the option list allows you to create just the boat you want, but the standard outfit is surprisingly comprehensive and even includes a wine cooler. The styling is functional rather than elegant, but it would look very much in place in a modern marina. 

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Technical Specifications – Sealine SC42 

Length overall including lifting swim platform 14.00 metres

Length with smaller swim platform 12.80 metres

Beam   4.48 metres

Draft   1.10 metres

Interior headroom   1.95 metres

Displacement light 11,000 kg

Fuel capacity 1200 litres

Water capacity   300 litres

Engines 2 x 370 hp Volvo Penta diesels 

Propulsion Volvo Penta stern drives or IPS