2010 could be a big year for 40ft flybridges if this new launch from Sealine is anything to go by

With news of Fairline’s Squadron 41 already announced, Sealine has immediately responded with this 42ft craft, due to replace the existing and very popular 42/5 model later this year.

Sealine makes no bones about the fact that this boat is critical to its success and is bullish about the F42’s abilities claiming several class leading attributes for the boat, including the biggest flybridge – a claim also made by Fairline for its Squadron 41 – so it looks like this is going to require an old-fashioned duel, only with tape measure instead of pistols.

The F42 will be priced from around £370,000 inc VAT, close to what we expect the Squadron 41 to come in at.

The style of the F42 follows very much in the same footsteps as the F46, (tested in MBM Sep 09) with its full-length flybridge, masses of window area and a wonderfully social saloon to cockpit layout, which has a seamless flow of seating and a flush deck.

The similarities with the F46 run to the core of the new boat – the F42 is based on the same hull as the F46 and SC47 and shares the same pod drive system and forward accommodation plan as the larger boats too.

So while we may only have drawings to go on for now, we do know for certain that the F42 will have a large forward master cabin and an even more impressive shower compartment. Interestingly, the guest quarters are arranged sportscruiser style with a full beam mid-cabin layout offering three berths and en-suite access.

Click on the image above to view the layout of the F42.