Sun Fast 42
Deep draft

The Sun Fast 42 was designed by Philippe Briand and Jeanneau as a versatile and seaworthy boat. She was released in two different versions: a conventional cast iron bulb keel or optimized for IMS 2,30m – 7.6ft lead keel without bulb. The interior can also receive "Team" special arrangements to accommodate four crew members instead of the owner's cabin.

The Sun Fast 42 is a high performance boat but she is hard to sail at her maximum with small crew.

See the Sun Fast 42's specifications on

Main Features

ModelSun Fast 42
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerPhilippe Briand
Building years (first/last)1996 / 1998
Number built25
PredecessorSun Fast 41
SuccessorSun Fast 43
CE regulationA-10 / B-12
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle helm wheel
Main dimensions
Length over all41.7 ft
Hull length40.8 ft
Waterline length35.1 ft
Beam over all12.8 ft
Draft6.1 ft
Light displacement18739 lbs
Ballast7055 lbs
French customs tonnage14.33 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader angle8.00 °
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea1108 ft²
Downwind sailarea1915 ft²
Mainsail area466 ft²
Genoa area642 ft²
Spinnaker area1449 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

48.2 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

16.7 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

54.8 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

15.4 ft


Ballast ratio37.6 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement130.4 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement225.3 ft²/Ton

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 4JH
Engine power1 x 48 hp
Fuel capacity39.6 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin (max./min.)4 / 3
Number of berth (max./min.)8 / 6
Number of shower room (max./min.)2 / 1
Fresh water capacity92.5 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity31.7 gal
Headroom max6.7 ft
Headroom kitchen6.6 ft
Headroom shower room6.1 ft
Headroom6.2 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom6.1 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.9 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom6.2 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.6 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1996

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