Formed in 1863 in Gosport (but with roots that go way back to 1782), Camper & Nicholsons is a boat building company as respected and venerable as any in the world – and yet its latest release is as exciting to look at as any that has gone before...
Known as the Sagitta 42, this new craft is a “bespoke day cruiser” designed to bring together the best of “British tradition and Italian style”. Named presumably after the Latin word for ‘arrow’, it makes use of significant expertise at this length, courtesy of the established C&N Endeavour 42. Like that craft, it puts seaworthiness right at the top of the list, with a deep V hull from the famous Raymond Hunt design team. In tandem with careful weight distribution and the use of vacuum-infusion and Kevlar reinforcement, the idea is to generate a sea boat that can handle transits through rough seas without reductions in speed.
Internally, the walkaround layout is designed to enable a variety of applications without excessive upheaval. This means that in addition to a sheltered bow area for sunbathing, a two-man helm and a fully equipped galley, you get a large aft set-up that can be fitted with pursuit-specific modules to match your needs. Keen cruisers can spec a complete dinette and large second sunpad; fisherman can select all the gear they need from rod holders to fishing chairs; and the Sport Diving layout offers expanded capacity for extra guests and equipment.
In short, with style, versatility, exclusivity and impeccable heritage, the Sagitta 42 looks like a sports cruiser to covet. Of course, whether it’s as splendid in the flesh as it is on paper is always open to doubt until you actually get your hands on it – but we’ll be heading to Cannes for its international launch next week, so stand by for the low-down...
Sagitta 42 specifications
Maximum speed: 36 knots
Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 500 370hp @ 3500 RPM
Design: Camper & Nicholsons Yachts
Naval architect: Hunt Design
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