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1979 Whitby 42

location icon Grenada W.I., Grenada
Year 1979
Length 42 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Whitby boat works

The Whitby 42, designed by the well renowned Ted Brewer, is a heavy displacement, full-keeled cruising boat. She has a good-sized centre cockpit and is comfortable, seaworthy, and forgiving even for a novice sailor. English Rose is incredibly spacious and airy below decks with generous sleeping cabins and two heads. The current sellers have owned her for 14 years.


Year Built 1979
Category Sail
Length Overall 42 ft
Beam 13 ft
Max Draft 5 ft
Cabins 3
Double Berths 2
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Full Keel
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 41.40 hp
Cruising Speed 6 kn
Maximum Speed 7 kn
Fuel Tanks 2
Fuel Tank Cap. 310 L
Water Tanks 3
Water Tank Cap. 450 L
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 130 L
Ballast 3,600 kg
Displacement 10,600 kg

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Vetus
Model: M7.17
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 42hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
Year: 2004
Engine Hours: 2550
Engine Location: Center

Accommodations include 6 berths in 2 cabins. There is full 6'3" standing headroom and excellent ventilation throughout. Forward is a large V-berth with centre cut out. There is a forward electric head and washbasin. In the saloon, a U-shaped settee dinette arrangement to port is offset by two arm chairs on starboard side. A U-shaped galley is aft to port with three burner oven hob & grill, fridge and freezer, double stainless steel sinks with pressurised water. The walk-through with handy workbench outboard leads to aft master cabin with a full-width bed and en-suite head and companionway to cockpit. Mostly LED lighting and 4 x 12v Caframo fans throughout.

Mechanical Systems

Located centrally aft of the saloon, under the cockpit, is the extremely accessible Vetus M4.17, 42hp diesel engine. Engine new in 2004. Engine Hrs: 2550.  Last serviced by owner June 2021. Technodrive TMC 60M transmission driving a three blade fixed propeller with drip-less shaft seal.

Electrical Systems
  • 4 x 6 volt Trojan 105, 225Ah batteries (2020)
  • 110 volt shore power system
  • 50amp alternator
  • 2 x Solar panels 300watts
  • Sun Force 400 watt wind turbine
  • Xantrax Prowatt SW1000 (Sinewave) inverter
  • Charge Pro 2610 Guest battery charger
  • Bluesky Solar Boost 3000i solar charge controller - new 2020
Spars and Sails

Masthead ketch rigged, keel stepped with aluminium masts and booms. Rigging new 2016 Whisker pole. Slab reef mainsail and mizzen and furling headsail. 2 x Barlow #32 ST sheet winches, 1 x Barlow #23 sheet winch, 1 x Barlow #16 Halyard winch, 1 x Barlow #23 halyard winch, 1 x Barlow #23 ST halyard winch.

  • Mainsail - Doyle - 8.77oz dacron - white - 2015 - good condition
  • Furling genoa - dacron -white - fair condition
  • Mizzen - dacron - white - fair condition
Deck Equipment
  • 60lb Manson Supreme anchor with 290ft 3/8 chain
  • 45lb CQR anchor with chain and rode
  • Danforth anchor
  • Lofrans Tigres 1500 electric anchor windlass
  • Solid sprayhood
  • Beige bimini
  • Beige sail covers
  • Cockpit table
  • Boarding ladder/swim platform
  • Various warps and fenders
  • Dinghy Davits

*Dinghy and outboard not included.

Navigation Equipment
  • Steering compass
  • Standard Horizon 180i chart plotter
  • Raymarine ST4000+ autopilot
  • Data marine wind direction
  • Skymate handhold wind speed
  • Hummingbird depth sounder
  • SSB ICOM M710
  • Various charts
  • Clock and barometer
Safety Equipment
  • 5 x fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Life raft - Revere Coastal Commander - last serviced 2014
  • Flares
  • 2 x adult life jackets offshore
  • 2 x adult life jackets - coastal
  • Radar reflector
  • Lifebuoy
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Emergency tiller
  • First aid kit
Additional Equipment
  • Kuama propane BBQ
  • Cole stove - working condition unknown
  • 2 x Sport A Seats
  • Assorted engine spares
  • Assorted spares and hand tools
  • Assorted cutlery and crockery
  • Assorted Bed linen
  • Equipment manuals

Built in 1979 by Whitby Boat Works, Whitby, Ontario, Canada; English Rose has a one piece GRP laminated hull, moulded non-skid painted decks. The topsides are burgundy. The hull has been epoxy treated and was last anti-fouled April 2020.


Owner's Comments

We have cruised on English Rose for 14 years and have been very happy with her. She is a very stable boat with a great sail plan and has been very comfortable and performed well whatever the weather, great if you get caught in a blow. The cockpit is very secure on a passage and is a good size and design for entertaining also. Notable assets include proper engine room, no need to take

the boat apart every time you wish to access the engine), a fold up swim platform that is removable if necessary, a wonderful hard dodger, keeping you dry and safe in all weathers and the most comfortable armchairs Ive ever come across on a sail boat. You add all that to the Whitby’s storage and sea kindliness and you have a wonderful sailboat. Due to being lured away to a catamaran this wonderful lady is now on the market and ready for her next adventure.



English Rose is registered SSR in the UK and there are no known outstanding encumbrances.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.