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Austin Parker 42 Open

Yacht broker David Johnson’s client wanted a Down East-style express cruiser but one with a more contemporary look. “He wanted something different, something unlike the styling of a San Juan or a Hinckley,” says Johnson, who works for Denison Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Johnson turned to the European market and found the perfect boat: the Italian-built Austin Parker 42 Open, designed by naval architect Fulvio di Simoni (designer of Pershing yachts). The AP 42 made its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, Johnson says. It can be powered with three propulsion packages. This owner’s boat has twin 480-hp Cummins diesels with Xenta’s Vessel Maneuvering Assistant Plus, which relies on a wired joystick and uses a bow thruster to deliver pod- or waterjet-type functionality to inboard boats. She can also take Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drives with joystick control or twin 480-hp Yanmar diesels.

Riding a modified-vee hull, the boat cruises at about 29 knots and tops out at 33. It can hit at 37 knots with Volvo Penta pods. “It tears up 3- to 5-foot seas,” Johnson says.

The yacht can be ordered with one or two staterooms. The second stateroom is to port and amidships and includes twin berths and hanging locker. With the single-stateroom arrangement, that space becomes a lounge area with L-shaped seating and a cocktail table that folds away behind the stairs. In both cases the head with shower is on the starboard side.

With its teak decks and single-level layout, the boat really draws your attention topside. The saloon area, which includes a port-side L-shaped settee and dinette table, and the starboard-side galley separate the helm deck from the cockpit. But these three areas are on one level and are open to one another, enhancing the social aspect.

Johnson’s client wanted an overbuilt boat, and Austin Parker delivered. The twin transom doors swing open and closed via hydraulic hinges, and the stainless side and bow rails are 1.6 inches in diameter. Standard equipment includes a generator, air conditioning, windlass, teak decks and two aft-facing chaise lounges in the cockpit.

Under the aft deck is a storage compartment (9 by 5 by 3.5 feet) for a small dinghy. The powered doors open outboard for a clear path to the swim platform — an impressive example of form and functionality working together.


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LOA: 40 feet

BEAM: 12 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 26,000 pounds (light)

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


SPEED: 33 knots top, 29 knots cruise

TANKAGE: 396 gallons fuel, 105 gallons water, 29 gallons waste

PRICE: $760,000 with twin 480-hp Cummins diesels and Xenta Vessel Maneuvering

CONTACT: Denison Yacht Sales, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,

PHONE: (954) 763-3971.,

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March 2013 issue