Aquastar wants to change the way you see aft cabins. The 42 is certainly full of suprises, but do they work as good as they look?
The Aquastar 38 has been in production for more years than I care to remember (since 1978 actually), but in all this time if you wanted to stay with this Guernsey yard but change to a larger boat, it meant jumping up to its 48-footer at double the money. This gap has now been filled with an all-new aft cabin 42 that not only offers considerably more space than the 38, it had also dragged the art cabin genre forward by a good measure.
Aquastar hulls always follow a semi-displacement format and the 42’s has a full run of keel that pushes below the props, so with beaching legs it can take the ground, and a sharp entry to cleave through oncoming seas. The downside of this design is unusally plenty of spray but in an attempt to mitigate this, extra hefty chines and sprayrails have been worked in.
This ‘all-inclusive’ practical thinking runs right through the design, ensuring it is a short hop between the pontoon and deck level for easy side-boarding and, with the radar arch hinged down, this very much all-weather cruiser will be at home on the Continental waterways too.
- Includes an extra window -clad lifestyle feel.
- Downside of this design is an over useage of spray.
Price as reviewed:
Aquastar build no-nonsense boats with a level of comfort, finish and now style that ensure lifetime usage.
Displacement: 14.4 tonnes
Cabins: FORECABIN BERTH - 6FT 4IN X 10IN (1.93X 1.47M)AFT CABIN BERTH 6FT 6IN X 5FT 3IN (2.00 X 1.60M)
Fuel Capacity: 390gal (177lt)
Beam: 14ft 0in (3.40)
Water Capacity: 100gal
Air Draught: 3ft 9in
RCD Category: B
Length Overall: 42ft 0in
Engines: TWIN VOLVO PENTA D6-370HP DIESELS