The Hunter 42 Passage Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hunter 42 Passage, a centre-cockpit 'B&R' sloop, was designed and built in the USA by Hunter Marine.

'Destination II', a Hunter 42 Passage at anchor off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.A Hunter 42 Passage

Published Specification for the Hunter 42 Passage

Underwater Profile: Wing keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 42'6" (13.0m)

Waterline Length: 38'0" (11.6m)

Beam: 14'0" (4.3m)

Draft: 4'11" (1.5m)

Rig Type: B&R*

Displacement: 24,000lb (10,886kg)

Designer: Hunter Design Team

Builder: Hunter Marine (USA)

Year First Built: 1989

Year Last Built: 1997

* Read more about the 'no-backstay' B&R rig...

Published Design Ratios for the Hunter 42 Passage

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 32.0

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 195

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 28.1

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Hunter 42 Passage

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.3 suggests that the Hunter 42 Passage will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 32.0 would usually mean that the Hunter 42 Passage would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in the wings at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 195, tells us the Hunter 42 Passage is clearly a light-to-moderate displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 28.1 suggests that crew comfort of a Hunter 42 Passage in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Hunter 42 Passage would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Other sailboats in the Hunter range include:

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