The Malo 42 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Malo 42, a heavy displacement cruising cutter, was designed by Leif Ängermark and built in Sweden by Malo Yachts.

'Dreamcatcher', a Malo 42 Cruising Cutter at AnchorA Malo 42 Cutter

Published Specification for the Malo 42

Underwater Profile: Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder;

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass);

Length Overall: 43'2" (13.2m);

Waterline Length: 34'9" (10.6m);

Beam: 13'1" (4.0m);

Draft: 6'5" (2.0m);

Rig Type: Cutter (also produced as Fractional Sloop);

Displacement: 30,423lb (13,800kg;)

Designer: Leif Ängermark;

Builder: Malo Yachts (Sweden);

Year First Built: 1991;

Year Last Built: 2002;

Number Built: 33;

Published Design Ratios for the Malo 42

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.3

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 323

4. Comfort Ratio: 41.0

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Malo 42

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.3 suggests that the Malo 42 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 40.0 means that the Malo 42 will initially stand up reasonably well to her canvas in a moderate breeze, but she'll need a reef in the main to avoid heeling excessively in a gust.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 323, tells us the Malo 42 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 41.0 suggests that crew comfort of a Malo 42 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the saquestiolon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 tells us that a Malo 42 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Any Questions?

What other versions of the Malo 42 were built?

The Malo 42 was built in two versions: a cutter and a fractional sloop. The cutter has a self-tacking staysail and a larger genoa, while the sloop has a single headsail and a taller mast. Both versions have the same hull, keel and rudder design.

What is the accommodation like in the Malo 42?

The Malo 42 has a spacious and comfortable interior, with high-quality mahogany joinery and ample storage space. The standard layout offers a large aft cabin with a double berth and an ensuite head, a forward cabin with a V-berth and a separate head, and a saloon with a U-shaped settee and a drop-leaf table. The galley is located on the port side, opposite the navigation station. There is also a large cockpit locker and a lazarette for storing gear

What, if any, alternative accommodation layout versions are available for the Malo 42?

The Malo 42 was also available with an alternative layout that features two aft cabins instead of one, each with a double berth and a shared head. This option reduces the size of the cockpit locker and the lazarette, but increases the sleeping capacity to six.

What is the Malo 42 like to sail?

The Malo 42 is a heavy displacement cruising boat that offers excellent performance, stability and comfort in various sea conditions. It is easy to handle by a small crew or even single-handed, thanks to its well-balanced sail plan, self-tacking staysail (for the cutter version), and efficient deck layout. It has a moderate beam and a long waterline that provide good speed and directional stability. It also has a high ballast ratio that gives it good stiffness and righting moment. It can sail close to the wind and tack quickly, as well as run downwind with ease. It is responsive to the helm and has good manoeuvrability under power.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Malo 42?

According to YachtWorld, the average asking price for a used Malo 42 in 2021 was £245,000 (about $330,000). However, this may vary depending on the year, condition, equipment and location of the boat.

Is this boatbuilder still in business?

Yes, Malö Yachts is still in business and based in Kungsviken, Sweden. It was founded in 1939 by Harry Olsson and has been producing high-quality sailing yachts ever since. It is part of Sweden Yachts Group, which also includes CR Yachts and Regina af Vindö.

What other sailboats have been created by this designer?

Leif Ängermark, the designer of the Malo 42, has also created other models for Malö Yachts, such as the Malo 40, the Malo 45 and the Malo 50. He has also designed boats for other brands, such as Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, Sweden Yachts and CR Yachts.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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