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Egg Harbor 42: Score Big

For the love of the game.

August 1, 2002
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Enter the new Egg Harbor 42 Sport Yacht’s salon, remove your sunglasses, glance around for a few seconds, then put your shades back on. No, we’re not advocating emulating Joe Cool. It’s just that the satin-varnished teak cabinetry, granite galley sole, and black simulated-granite countertops create such a warm glow it’s almost as if the sun were beaming inside. The engine room is just as eye opening, with gleaming diamond plating on the sole, valance-covered wiring runs, and engraved placards identifying each through-hull fitting.

Although appearance is clearly a strong suit of the 42 Sport Yacht, it’s not the only one. In that gentrified engine room, for example, you’ll find a matched pair of crash pumps, which turn your powerplants into massive emergency bilge pumps. There’s a freshwater washdown and an oil exchange system, so the area will stay clean and looking good.

The cockpit offers the standards you’d expect from a modern production sportfish boat of this size, but it throws in a few extras, too. The single fishbox in the sole, for example, is large enough to stow misbehaving crewmembers. It’s also macerated and has a lift-out liner. There’s no insulation on it, however-something I consider a necessity.

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Besides the envy-inspiring interior and fishy touches, the most unusual thing about the 42 Sport Yacht is its exhaust system. Instead of piping exhaust out the transom, the boat has an underwater exhaust, which eliminates the station wagon effect, a huge benefit. But there’s also a slight vibration evident between 1200 and 1350 rpm, the point at which exhaust stops flowing through bypass valves and starts going out through the bottom of the boat. Boaters sickened by diesel exhaust will love the system; trollers who like to drag lines between 10.4 and 13 mph won’t. Regardless of how you run this boat, however, everyone will love basking in the satiny glow of the 42 Sport Yacht’s interior.

High Points: Underwater exhaust system means you won’t be smelling diesel exhaust in the cockpit. Satin-varnished teak interior is magnificent. Dual crash pumps-a feature usually reserved for larger boats-come standard.

Low Points: Underwater exhaust system means you’ll experience a slight vibration between 1200 and 1350 rpm. Fishbox isn’t insulated. Galley countertops aren’t fiddled. A 1″ lip on the flying bridge could be a toe stubber.

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Toughest Competitor: Cabo’s 43 Flybridge Sportfisher ($797,000 with twin 800-bhp MAN diesels) places more emphasis on fishing, with a larger cockpit, more standard fishing features (illuminated livewell, gunwale bolsters, quick-disconnect washdown fittings), and 100 gallons more fuel capacity. However, you won’t find the same rich woodwork in the cabin.

LOA…….45’4″ ** **

Beam…..15’0″ ** **

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Draft (max.)…..3’10”

Displacement (lbs., approx.)……36,300 ****

Transom deadrise…….8° ****

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Bridge clearance…….13’0″ ****

Minimum cockpit depth…2’1″ ****

Max. cabin headroom…….6’2″

Fuel capacity (gal.)……600 ****

Water capacity (gal.)……..115 ****

Price (w/standard power)…..$617,542

Price (w/test power)……$655,426

Standard power Twin 500-bhp in-line-6 Yanmar 6CX-GTE2 diesel inboards.

Optional power Twin diesel inboards to 1,270 bhp total.

Test boat power Twin 635-bhp Cummins QSM 11 in-line-6 diesel inboards with 661 cid, 6.25″ bore x 6.25″ stroke, swinging 28″ x 38″ four-bladed Nibral props through 1.5:1 reductions.

Standard equipment (major items) Hydraulic steering; oil exchange system; recessed trim tabs; 8kW genset; 50a shorepower w/50′ cord; fresh/raw-water washdowns; 110v water heater; anchor w/300′ rode; auto. fire extinguishing system; reverse-cycle a/c; central vacuum system; baitwell; integrated fishbox; 4 gunwale-mounted rodholders; tackle station w/sink, stowage, icebox; entertainment center w/TV, VCR, DVD, CD player, AM/FM stereo; 2-burner stovetop; microwave/convection oven; 110v refrigerator/freezer; AM/FM/CD stereo, TV (master stateroom); electric head.

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