Optimized for eight to 14 knots of true wind, the HH42 is a racing machine from the drawing board of Judel/Vrolijk, whose winning designs range from cruisers to America's Cup winners. A 100-percent pre-preg carbon-fiber speedster, the slick design resembles a Transpac 52 and shares many of the previous racer’s lines.
This raceboat is built by Hudson Yacht and Marine in Xiamen, China, under the supervision of Paul Hakes of New Zealand, who has a long history of building light boats with slippery hulls. The double-spreader rig has twin running backstays, a fathead mainsail, and a carbon mast from Southern Spars. The two-piece rig with a joiner is designed for easy packing and transportation so the boats can be sent to race anywhere. The deck is cored with thermo-formed, damage-tolerant foam, and even the bulkheads are pre-preg carbon for weight savings. Interior lighting is both red and white and all wiring is to aircraft spec.
The HH 42 is available with either twin wheels placed well forward, or a tiller behind, which is a long traveler recessed into the sole. Seven Performa winches manage the loads and there are athwartship jib tracks, hydraulic backstay deflectors, and an all-business working cockpit that will accommodate a crew of 10, even though the boat can be sailed somewhat efficiently with five.
Inside the HH 42 is as spartan as any racer, but in a pinch it could do multi-day offshore runs. An enclosed head, a nav desk of sorts, and single-burner gas stovetop are the highlights. Standing headroom is only for really short racers, and although there’s space for 10 to sleep at a time, the bunks are mostly basic pipe berths. The interior is sufficient for what will go on in there: sleeping, navigating, and sail packing.
The HH42 has a 30 HP Yanmar for auxiliary power and charging batteries to run lights, pumps, and electronics. A Gori folding propeller is standard. A half dozen of these models are racing around the world and although that’s not enough to form a one-design class, these boats are busy topping the competition in regattas around the globe.
For more information, visit Hakes Marine.
|Fuel capacity||11 gal.|
|Water capacity||13 gal.|