THE SKINNY. Because the 42 Tiger TS is an updated version of an older hull, it retains the narrow-by-today's-standards 8' beam, which is a disadvantage when it comes to interior space. The 43 Scarab AVS measures 8'9" at the beam, while the 40 Outlaw spans 8'6". That means more space in the cockpit and belowdecks. For example, both wider boats have gunwale stowage, but the 42 Tiger TS doesn't have the width to offer the extra capacity. Our test boat's bench seat, on the other hand, is nice and deep with amply padded upholstery and stowage in the base. Kudos to Cigarette for protecting the speaker backs and wiring and the battery cables with molded plastic covers so contents of the bench locker don't damage them. I also like that the engine hatch hydraulic pump is in the bench seat locker so you can get to it with jumper cables in the event of a battery failure.
The bolsters are secured with bolts driven into tapped 1/4" aluminum plates that are fiberglassed in place in the cockpit sole. Both have manual dropout cushions, but when I rode in them with the cushion in the "up" position, I felt as if I were being pushed out of the seat. Standing, they were fine.
Ahead of the copilot's bolster is a chart table. Cigarette also put the volt and fuel gauges in the port dash, angling them to starboard so the driver can see them. There is a small glovebox that opens to a much larger, deeper draining box. To starboard, the helm features full hydraulic Mayfair steering and the balance of the Gaffrig gauges, which again are in angled bezels for optimum driver visibility. The top of the panel has a GPS/chartplotter and Ritchie electronic compass. Also up high on the panel are the Gaffrig liquid-filled speedometer and tachometers. Instruments, including those for oil and water temperature and pressure, supercharger boost, and fuel pressure, are grouped in columns on each side of the steering wheel. Because it's hard to hear audio alarms when you're running, there's also a large red warning light for each gauge cluster that illuminates if pressures drop or temperatures climb. Rubber-booted accessory switches are easy to reach.
With the bolster providing the perfect armrest, throttling this boat is super comfortable. The levers are fitted with a single drive-trim button with individual switches for the drivers and tabs on the port side of the wheel. Mechanical trim indicators are just ahead of the throttles. In a clutter-reducing move, all the circuit breakers for the accessory switches are down low ahead of the driver's shins. This also protects them from spray and weather. Smart.
Realizing that few people who buy this boat plan to overnight in it, Cigarette placed a priority on the belowdecks facing lounges, each of which measures 7'8" long and has stowage in the base. The head is between the forward ends of the lounges in a molded fiberglass console. All the way forward, the V-berth cushion is 4'9" long and 6'2" wide, and for weight savings, the pad is supported on suspended trampoline fabric that's tied to the bulkhead. A small galley includes a sink and cooler.