Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
HAR MONY YACHTS 42 74 | offshore The hull has a PVC foam core and a moulded grid which supports the skin and presents, to the interior, a gelcoat surface which looks good and will be easy to keep clean. Machines do most of the work in Olivier's factory, using injection and infusion techniques which are good for the structure and control the fumes, an EU requirement. The 42 is a cruiser but like most cruisers these days she will not be slow. The hull is beamy, quite full forward (not as full as some, not as fine as others) to provide the internal volume to house three cabins, two heads and a large saloon. Before we get too far into this story we have to consider this boat's features against the price. The base boat is $299,000, sailaway. It's not the whole story, but it's worth thinking about. ON DECK The chainplates are on the hull sides, and the hounds, where the cap shrouds meet the mast, are well down from the masthead so the shrouds meet the mast at a very oblique angle which can only be good for mast support. The diagonals, surprisingly on a cruiser, are continuous, led down to the deck so they can be adjusted. This, too, also can only be good for mast support. This shroud arrangement means headsails must be small, short on the foot, popular with racers and cruisers alike. Anything to avoid sheeting in metres of sheet and hectares of headsail. And you get good visibility forward. On the bow is a very nice cast fitting which enables the anchor to clear that near-vertical bow. A very neat featuure is the extruded aluminium toerail which sits clear of the deck so it provides great foot support but the deck is easy to clean. From here you hang the fenders or throw on a line temporarily when things are a bit stressed during a tricky mooring manoeuvre. The mainsheet traveller is ahead of the companionway. There are four winches; two Lewmar #48s each side of the companionway handle halyards and the headsail sheets. The secondaries - Lewmar 46s - are on the coamings alongside the helmsman. The Harmony philosophy includes an optional reaching spinnaker which tacks down to the bow and is furled by a snuffer or turtle or sock or whatever you call it, so it can be handled by a cruising crew; one person can set it up, come back to the cockpit and hoist. You can also choose a gennaker on a furler, or tri-radial performance sails instead of the standard Dacon main and jib, from Elvstrom Sobstad. So the Harmony's character is quite complex; you can have a shallow-draft cruiser, or choose a deep lead keel, performance sails and a kite. Interesting. DOWN BELOW All 42s have three cabins; the only option is whether you have a second bathroom ensuite with the main cabin forward, or a table and chair arrangement. The main bathroom aft is big and most of the surface is moulded i.e. gelcoat glossy. There's a wood bench to sit on when showering at sea or to dry your toes. The galley is a straight-line arrangement down the port side. Harmony importer Kevin Brandt is impressed by the fridge and so he should be - it is huge, with six trays so all your stuff can be packed separately. Crank it up, he says, and the botom of the fridge acts as a freezer. The stove has two burners and an oven. There's a deep gash bucket for scraps, next to the sinks (one big one small, one behind the other). The companionway (a good one with wide steps up the top) swings up and away to reveal the front of the 40hp Volvo Penta (55hp on our boat, which had the Comfort Pack. More about this later. You can also get at the engine from each side and behind, through hatches in the moulding which forms the companionway structure. The trim down below is simple, with cherry wood highlighting the glossy moulded surfaces. Malcolm, an owner sailing with us, said the " the Harmony's character is quite complex."
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