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Beneteau First 42 HyLyte: “An especially significant, important or interesting aspect or event.” By Scott Kearney Length (LOA): 43’ 4” Length on Deck (LOD): 42’ 1” Length of the Waterline (LWL): 36’ 1” Beam: 13’ 1” Draft: 6’ 3” Displacement: 20,900 lbs Ballast: 8,699 lbs. Mast clearance (I—52’ 10” + Freeboard + Antennas): 61’ Sail area with standard rig: 100 percent (with spinnaker:1,886 sf) Tankage gallons: 105 water; 37 1/2 fuel; 20 waste

Performance Ratios: Displacement/length ratio: 204.05 Sail area/displacement: 17.04 Capsize screening factor: 1.82 Comfort ratio: 26.74 Hull speed (theoretical—routinely exceeded!): 8.05 knots PHRF rating (West Florida PHRF): 96 spinnaker; 120 non-spinnaker

Note: Beam, draft and displacement may vary between boats based on original owner elections. Optional mast heights ranged from 52’10” to 58”. Interior finishes, tankage, standard equipment, etc., varied over the manufacturing run of the model based upon Beneteau-adaptive manufacturing process.


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yLyte, our 1986 Beneteau First 42, together with her sister ship, Ocean Angel—owned by our close friends, Steve and Joy Fredrick—graces the inner harbor at Bradenton Yacht Club in the south Tampa Bay area. We acquired HyLyte in January 2002, after sailing with the Fredricks, who were proud to show off their “Angel” on a blustery, sunny day the previous Thanksgiving week. With its beautiful interior, minimal heel and easy motion in the conditions, my wife Kitt enthusiastically declared, “Now this is the boat I want!” and set out to find one. Consequently, the weekend before Christmas, I found myself standing in a snow-covered Annapolis boatyard looking up at a near-identical boat. HyLyte became ours within a month, and she is, indeed, nearly identical to Ocean Angel, having started down the Beneteau assembly line even as Ocean Angel was being finished at the end. Design and Construction The First 42 was designed by the renowned German Frers in 1980 and was first launched in mid-1981. As German recently described, “The design brief for the First 42 was a fast family cruiser/racer. Beneteau had—and continues to have—very precise building methods and specifications for their production boats including lamination, materials, interior requirements and rigs. I worked closely with the people at Beneteau, Francois Chalain and Mme. Roux, in the design in order to meet their criteria, which I felt was very sensible and based on solid building experience, which resulted in very good value for (one’s) money.” The lean curves of her hull, her sculpted transom, her wedge coach-roof, and workable T-shaped cockpit reveal the genesis of the yacht in Frers’ beautiful IOR racer Gitana VII, built for Baron Edmond de Rothschild and winner of