Boat Test: 2003 Sealine F42/5

Boat Tested2003 Sealine F42/5
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Convertible Sedan Bridge
Manufacturer Sealine
Length42ft 4in / 12.90 m
Beam13ft 10in / 4.22 m
Weight36,155 Lbs
Drive TypeInboards
Fuel Capacity360 Gals

Looking for that dream boat in the used market can often take you through the usual suspects. Of course the benefits of buying one of these popular models include availability of parts and dealers. But taking a risk on an unknown international boat can prove to be quite rewarding, as is the case with the 2003 Sealine F42.

For almost 40 years now, Sealine Boats has been the pinnacle of design and innovation. Built in England, the company has 11 models ranging from 35 to 60 feet including express cruisers, flybridges and luxury yachts.

Purchased by Brunswick in 2001, Sealine is a close comparison to MeridianYachts,which was established the following year.

The F42, sandwiched in Sealine’s flybridge series between a 35- and a 46-footer,was once called one of the most innovative boats on the water by Motorboating magazine.

Combining functionality and style, the F42/5 is built for entertaining from tip to tail, as is clearly evidenced by the boat’s cockpit. In 2001, Sealine chose the F42/5 as the model to introduce its extending cockpit system. With the flick of a switch, the cockpit settee slides three feet back, drastically increasing space.

And in that cockpit space you’ll find convenient features hidden smartly away, as well as the passerelle, a feature common on European boats that’s great for launching a tender or for the kids to have some fun.

Moving into the salon, you’re surrounded by warmth and elegance.The teak theme, carried in from the cockpit, combines beautifully with the tan ultra leather upholstery. Add in the bright, airy windows and you have a

very inviting living space.

Although the lower helm isn’t for everyone, it blends well with the rest of the interior and the table in the salon expands and rises to take the place of the missing dinette.

The galley is fully functional with a dual sink, electric stove, plenty of storage and a convection oven, but it does lack a full-size fridge. However, there is a second fridge located on the bridge and a fridge-sized freezer in

the salon.

The aft stateroom has two singles that convert into a queen, as well as an ensuite head with built-in shower.

The master has a queen island berth that’s well lit, and a private head with a separate shower.

Heading back up to the flybridge is a breeze thanks to the moulded-in stairway. Once there, you see this is an area of the boat that very much adds to the living space. The helm has all the electronics you would need, along with great 360-degree visibility. And when you’ve reached your destination the helm seat swivels so you can join the party.

Power for this 42-footer is in the form of twin 480-hp 6CTA Cummins diesels with turbo and after cooler. The engines can be easily accessed through removable panels in the salon floor or through the bilge.

Out on the water, the Sealine easily gets up on to plane, topping out at over 40 knots. While cruising, it’s

hard not to marvel at the sight of this big flybridge yacht barrelling down the bay. She’s also well mannered

at slow speeds, and the bow thrusters make close-quarters manoeuvring a cinch.

With its combination of power, accommodations and amenities, this 2003 Sealine would be the ideal buy for any boater looking to embark on an extended adventure like the Great Loop.

Off the top, I referred to buying an international boat like this Sealine as a bit more of a risk due to limited availability of parts and dealers. But, really, buying any used boat can be a risk in itself. Rolling the dice between dream boat and lemon happens every time to some degree. So while you’re shopping I encourage you to look a little deeper in hopes of finding your own diamond in the rough.

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