JOLE2 - 2017 42' BRENTA B42
Palma €450,000 EUR
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The B42 has been conceived as a 24 hours boat opposed to the 12 hours B38. Similar cockpit spaces as the 38, larger interiors with a separate full standing head and double berth up forward.
All the rest follows the general design philosophy of her predecessor, featuring the controls at the steering systems and, amongst the option the use of composite rigging that improves stability and reduce acceleration improving sailing comfort”
Taken from the B-yachts website.
Extra pairs of hands are not required once underway, either, because the boat is set up with push-button controls for hidden hydraulic systems controlling the mainsheet and traveller, boom vang and jib sheet tension. For each of these functions there is a pair of buttons, one to apply tension and the other to release it. All but the jib sheet are positioned on a console at both steering stations, while the jib controls are also within easy reach, so the person at the helm can operate the yacht without any assistance. That could mean solo sailing, but equally it could cover a boatload of family and friends, none of whom know much if anything about sailing.
Controlling the sail trim completely by button-power is a novel experience and a little unnerving when you are trying to remember which one does what (the hydraulics' response to a command is fast enough to allow you to apply a quick touch of trial and error), but this is an aspect of push-button sailing that would soon become second nature when you spend enough time sailing the boat. And "One of the objectives is trying to minimise the time it takes to go sailing," said Lorenzo Argento, co-founder of the Italian company Luca Brenta Yacht Design, while visiting Sydney for the initial sea trials of the two new B42s.
The B-Yacht Mission:
If the B42's Italian dayboat looks and minimalist setup make you think "Wally Yachts", perhaps it will come as no surprise that the B42's designers were involved in the ground breaking early days of those bigger craft.
Brenta Yacht Design specialises in large custom craft for wealthy private owners, like Ghost, a 122ft Wally B, but over the past few years it has gone into production with the B-yacht range of semi-custom performance cruising boats, from 30 to 60ft LOA.
"High performance, easy to use, semi-custom-built boats blending past experience of large custom projects solutions into something new," says the brochure, also defining the mission as: "High weight stability, very generous sail plan, great cockpit comfort and pure sailing pleasure mixed with style."
"We decided to go for a highly ballasted boat and made it as narrow as we could, while still with accommodation and deck space," Argento explains. "We wanted a very balanced hull shape, because it has to be easy to drive and particularly because such a powerful boat will heel considerably, you really like to have a symmetrical hull shape so it doesn't go ‘funny' when it heels over, which is what more dedicated downwind boats do when they sail upwind.
"We don't have people who sit on the rail, so you need high stability if you want sail area and power."
The B42's ratio of sail area to displacement is quoted as 29.9, while the displacement to waterline length figure is 108.
"The boat is not a downwind flyer as such because there is weight there," says Argento. "We feel that people enjoy the upwind bit and if they want to sail downwind and have fun you really need to set a spinnaker and then you need people." [The B42 does have a fractional gennaker, set from a retractable carbon bowsprit pole.]
"But here you have all these races for white sails; this is something that we don't have in Italy. There the racing is always very serious, while here you have the serious side but also a lot of more relaxed [no-extras] racing. I think this boat is perfect for that, or just to cruise around; whatever opportunity you have."
Lorenzo Argento says he and his design partners decided to set up production of the B-yachts only after they unsuccessfully sought a builder. "We were strong believers in this concept but nobody wanted to build these boats, so we found ourselves right in the middle of it.
"We found a builder to make the tooling and 48 boats later... nobody's become rich but it's a very good group of people; we have boats in Long Island [USA], boats here in Australia, in the Med, up in Denmark, Moscow, Stockholm...The owners are very specific in what they want, very demanding but also ready to pick up the technology of this boat."
The hull is infused carbon fibre and E-glass epoxy over a Corecell foam core. "We lay all the dry fibres and then we apply the vacuum bag and by sucking the air out and the epoxy resin in, have control of the amount of resin and the weight differences between the boats is minimised," says Argento. Built in female moulds, the use of the infusion process allows the boats to be spray painted rather than gel coated.
The composites company High Modulus was enlisted in the challenge to maximise the usable interior volume, resulting in a single moulding keel and mast support structure. To achieve this, a finite element model of the hull, deck and internal structure was built and subjected to a variety of loads for detailed analysis.
Ballast is provided by a lead bulb on a fabricated steel blade keel.”
Article by Vanessa Dudley for Australian Sailing September/October 2009 (November 2009)
- The hull is infused carbon fibre composite and E-glass epoxy over a Corecell foam core.
- All the dry fibres are laid out and then a vacuum system is used to remove any air whilst adding epoxy resin to allow for improved weight control.
- The hull is created using a female mould.
- The infusion process allows the boat to be spray-painted rather than gel coated.
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- The deck and cabin superstructure are created using the same process as for the hull.
- 8mm Grade 1 Teak with grey caulking to the cockpit sole, transom area, side decks and foredeck.
Keel & Rudder:
- Balanced spade rudder constructed of composite.
- Stainless-steel rudderstock.
- The keel comprises; a cast iron blade (approx. 420kgs) with a lead bulb with metallic internal structures (approx. 2,500kgs).
- High strength steel keel bolts with internal backing plating.
Engine & Gearboxes:
- Volvo Penta D1-30 3-cylinder 27hp diesel engine.
- Freshwater cooled exhaust manifold and seawater cooled exhaust elbow.
- Thermostatically controlled freshwater cooling system.
- Tubular heat exchanger with integral expansion tank.
- Single lever engine throttle control.
- Saildrive gearbox.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine hours: 50 hours as of November 2019.
- Engine last serviced: September 2018.
Propulsion & Steering:
- Gori 2-bladed folding propeller.
- 2x Carbon fibre steering wheels.
- 2x Custom designed pedestals made from composite with a control panel each.
- Vectran steering cables.
- Jeffa self-aligning top and bottom rudder bearings.
- Aluminium emergency tiller.
- Maxpower bowtruster.
- 12v/220v system charged via the engine, battery charger or via shore power cable.
- 220v power sockets to the interior.
- 1x 315amp 12v Service Battery and 1x 105amp Engine Start battery linked in parallel.
- ZIVAN 12V 60A Battery charger.
- 1 x 115A max output.
- 220vAC shore power connection and associated cable.
- Hot water is heated via an electric immersion heater or via the engine.
- Electric bilge pump.
- Manual bilge pump in cockpit.
- 1 x 100 litre fuel tank.
- 1 x 100 litre fresh water tank.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- 1 x 41 litre Blackwater holding tank.
- B & G Autopilot.
- 2 x B & G Wind/Speed/Depth multi-displays.
- 3 x B & G displays mounted to the mast.
- Windex at masthead.
- Helming compass.
- B & G VHF radio with DSC.
- Inset 2-burner gas stove.
- Top loading refrigerator.
- Inset sink with mixer tap over.
- 24vDC Electric flush marine heads discharging overboard or to blackwater holding tank.
- Fusion sound system with speakers to the cockpit and cabin.
- 24vDC LED lighting to the cabin.
Summary of Accommodation:
- Up to 4 berths in the open-plan forward cabin space including two saloon settee berths. Separate heads and galley area.
- Light grey finish to interior.
- Moulded steps to the companionway lead down into the cabin.
- Parquet style covering to the cabin sole.
- Sofa/single sleeping berth to both the port and starboard sides of the cabin with light grey Sunbrella upholstery to the cushions.
- Satin white coloured 5mm thick headlining.
- Leather storage holders to either side of the mast.
- A double berth to the forepeak area.
- Ventilation/escape deck hatch.
- Above one of the saloon sofas is a lift-up panel which hides the boat’s systems’ control panel with the circuit breakers and controls plus digital displays for the fuel, fresh water tanks and batteries.
Description of layout:
- L-shaped galley area with Corian worktop located to starboard.
- Low-level and high-level cupboard space.
- Power sockets.
- Positioned to the portside next to the companionway entrance.
- Electric flush marine heads.
- Wash basin with mixer tap.
- Locker storage space.
- Fractionally rigged carbon AXTON mast with two pairs of swept back spreaders removing the need for a backstay.
- ROMAR Leisure Furler Carbon furling boom with a rod vang.
- Stainless-steel rod standing rigging.
- Self-tacking jib sheet track to the foredeck.
- HARKEN Jib sail roller furler.
- Concealed below deck mainsheet track to the cockpit.
- Removable bowsprit for flying the masthead gennaker.
- Cariboni Power pack for the mainsail sheet, vang and traveller which can be controlled by buttons on the steering pedestals.
- 6x Jammers partially concealed by the cabin superstructure with corresponding turning blocks for the sheets and halyards
- Harken deck gear.
- 2x Harken B50.2 2-speed electric self-tailing winches controlled via buttons at the steering pedestals.
- Doyle Sails’ fully battened Taffetta Technora flat head mainsail – approx.65 sqm.
- Doyle Sails’ Taffetta Technora self-tacking jib – approx. 35 sqm.
- Doyle Sails’ Gennaker.
- Stainless-steel stanchions with two rows of guard rails, curved stainless-steel push pits to port and starboard providing backrests for the helmsman.
- Stainless-steel pulpit.
- Carbon ensign staff.
- Folding carbon bathing ladder.
- Hot water transom shower.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- Electric anchor windlass with remote control concealed in the bow locker.
- The anchor deploys from the bottom of the boat and so does not require a bow roller
- Anchor chain.
- Retractable aft mooring cleats, the remainder are fixed.
- Fenders and mooring warps.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Light grey coloured cockpit seat cushions by Sunbrella.
- 2 x 2kg Powder extinguishers.