A new boat designed by famed naval architect Michael Peters of Sarasota, Fla., made its U.S. debut Friday at the Palm Beach International Boat show in Palm Beach, Fla. The Revolver R42 is a performance yacht with a stepped hull designed by Peters and a luxurious cockpit that rivals the most high-end offerings from Europe.
Revolver, a company based in Italy, calls the R42 a sea GT. The manufacturer says that the boat reaches speeds that rival those attained in a typical offshore performance boat, yet you still have the luxury and comfort offered by “amortized” seats and an air-conditioned cabin. Features include a sliding electronic sunroof and rear window so you can let fresh air flow through the cockpit when the weather is good and close off the area when things turn nasty. A hydraulically activated swim platform that tucks up into the transom when not in use provides water-level reboarding when you feel like taking a dip. The aft sun deck is recessed so you can feel comfortable on it even when the boat is running.
“The idea of a fully enclosed high-speed sportboat is new,” explained Peters. “The modern trend in boats is to get out of the sun. Any part of the boat market is all about having shade.”
Additionally, the layout is basically one level from the aft end of the cockpit to the forward tip of the cabin. The helm, which features shock-mitigating Ullman seats, separates the two areas with the head on the forward side of the console. The head is illuminated by natural light filtered through the roof window located beneath the windshield.
In the cabin, the table can be lowered electronically to form a bed to create an inviting, elegant sleeping area. In this practical layout, the galley is to port.
At 42′ with a waterline beam of 9’3″, the Peters designed bottom features twin steps. Standard power is twin 470-hp Cummins QSB 5.8-liter diesels. You can opt for twin Mercury Racing HP700 SCi and either engine package is paired with NXT or the upgraded SSM 6 drives. With the gasoline engines, the boat runs 74 mph. Revolver builds the boat with carbon reinforcements on the stringers, and a foam core encapsulated in E-glass with vinylester resin. Check it out at www.revolverboats.com.