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1996 Beneteau First 42s7 - 42'

Year 1996
Length 42ft.
Price Pounds £84,000
Type: Pre-owned
Location Troon, United Kingdom
Hull Material Fiberglass/GRP
Engine type Single
Contact Information
Builder: Beneteau
Designer: Bruce Farr - Philippe Starck
Beam: 4.11 m
Cabin Headroom: 1.96 m
Max Draft: 2.31 m
Draft Drive Up: Direct Drive
Displacement: 8500 kgs
Engine(s): Volvo Penta
Engine Model: MD22L
Year: 1996
Engine(s) HP: 50 HP
Fuel: (150 Liters)
Water: (650 Liters)
Hull Shape: Monohull
Keel Type: Fin

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Quest III
Builder: Beneteau
Designer: Bruce Farr - Philippe Starck
Keel: Fin
Hull Shape: Monohull
Beam: 4.11 m
LWL: 10.90 m
Maximum Draft: 2.31 m
Displacement: 8500 kgs
Headroom: 1.96 m
Total Power: 50 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Year Built: 1996
Engine Model: MD22L
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 50 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (650 Liters)
Fuel Tanks: (150 Liters)
Number of double berths: 3
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2
CD player
Wind speed and direction
Battened mainsail
Gennaker/Cruising spinnaker
Furling genoa
Storm jib
Spinnaker pole
Steering wheel
Inside Equipment
Marine head
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Hot water
Battery charger
Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet
Outside Equipment/Extras
Outboard engine brackets
Cockpit shower
Solar panel
Radar reflector
Swimming ladder
Teak cockpit
Mainsail cover
Spray hood
Lazy bag


On September 1, 2012, Gerry Hughes left Troon, Scotland on this boat, Quest III, to start his eight month solo circumnavigation. He sailed 32,000 miles and became the first deaf yachtsman to pass all five southernmost capes - Cape Agulhas, Cape Leeuwin, South East Cape, South West Cape and Cape Horn.
He is also the first profoundly deaf man to have sailed single handed across the Atlantic, in 2005, in his previous boat, Quest II.
Quest III has had a large number of renewals and replacements prior to the circumnavigation. Ocean going standing rigging, new sails, new electronics, generator, self steering, etc.
Quest III is ideal if you wish to spend considerable periods of time cruising long distances. She is well equipped, and has looked after Gerry!


Forward cabin with en-suite heads compartment, double berth offset to starboard and bench seat to port. Plenty of storage lockers, overhead opening hatch with blind and port and starboard portlights. Door leading through to saloon with linear galley to port and C shaped settee to starboard with dining table. This table can be lowered to provide a double berth. Aft of the seating is the chart table and to port, aft of the galley, the aft heads. Port and starboard doors to the double berth aft cabins. Port aft cabin has been fitted with the generator. This could be removed and the aft double berth reinstated. Central companionway which lifts to access the engine. Removable panels also in starboard aft cabin to access the engine and shaft. Lockers and drawers secured with catches, slip bolts or cord.

ENO two burner stove with oven and grill
Twin stainless steel sinks
Hot and cold water system

Both forward and aft heads fitted with 
Jabsco sea toilet
Opening hatch


Engine instruments
Garmin GPS Map 551s plotter in cockpit 2010
Garmin GHC 10 autopilot with remote control in cockpit 2010
Garmin multi page GMI 10 in cockpit 2010
Garmin AIS 600 2010
Garmin GPS Map 4012 plotter at chart table 2010
Navtex Nav6 at chart table 2012
Thrane and Thrane Sailor 150 FleetBroadband voice and data service 2012
Predictwind Satellite Communicator weather updates, position tracker and email
Pioneer CD/DVD/radio
Monitor Scanner self-steering with 4 wind vanes

Sails and rigging

Most sails were new in 2012 and by Saturn Sails
Performance cruising main sail by Saturn Sails 2012
Performance furling genoa by Saturn Sails 2012
Performance staysail by Saturn Sails 2012
Code 0 Gennaker, cross cut panel
Storm trisail by Saturn Sails 2012
Storm jib by Saturn Sails 2012
Spinnaker 1996
Main sail, original and in good condition 1996
Sail repair kit

Ocean going stainless steel standing rigging 2012 
Boom with three reef lines 2012
Furlex 208S furling system 2012
Harken Mk II furling jib system 1996
Running backstays installed 2012
Adjustable backstay
Lazy jacks and stack pack bag

Two Lewmar 54 self-tailing genoa winches
Two Lewmar 44 self-tailing spinnaker winches
Lewmar 44 self-tailing halyard winch on coachroof
Lewmar 46 self-tailing halyard winch on coachroof

Selden Spinnaker pole 2013
Gennaker bowspirit for Code 0 2012
Emergency forestay with Wichard tensioner 2012
Mast steps 2012

Engine and machinery

Volvo Penta MD22L 50hp diesel engine
Fischer Panda 4000s  4.5kVA generator with shock mounts
Two Naps NP12RSS solar panels 12W
Eberspacher D4 warm air cabin heating system
30A Shore power socket
Victron Phoenix 50A battery charger
Victron Phoenix 30A battery charger 
Victron energy battery monitor
Two 120Ah gel batteries 2013
Two 90Ah batteries 2012
Engine start battery
Calorifier 40lt


Wheel steering
Teak seating
Teak cockpit sole grating
Port and starboard lockers
Two lockers under helm seat 
Warps bin at companionway
All lines led back to cockpit

Deck gear

Stainless steel stanchions with twin guard wires
Port and starboard gates
Transom gate to platform
Stainless steel frame at stern for aerials etc 
1000w electric anchor windlass
Anchor with chain and warp
Single bow roller
Swim ladder
Deck shower
Outboard bracket
Liferaft stainless steel cradle
Various warps and fenders

Safety equipment

Emergency Tiller
Heavy seas shut valves fitted to generator and engine exhausts, fuel and water tanks, fuel tank air inlet
Fire blanket
Fire extinguishers
Offshore flares
Offshore Danbuoy
Echomax radar reflector 2012
Propellor rope cutter 2013
Manual and 4.5 GPM electric bilge pumps

Further information

Inflatable dinghy with dolly wheels

The following are on board but not included
ACR GPS 406 EPIRB 2012
ACR Global fix EPIRB 2012
Series Drogue 2012
Suzuki 2.5hp outboard
Two oil lamps

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Beneteau First 42s7, is the result of intense research in terms of quality, performance and comfort. From the structural inner moulding laminated on the hull, to the hull - deck joint, the most important words are strength and reliability. The uncluttered deck layout has very individual characteristics: the "double-body" of the coachroof enables the shroud chainplates to be brought towards the middle of the boat and thus improves the angle of the genoa and increases her pointing ability upwind. It also allows space for two fixed portholes which provide the salon with additional pleasant natural lighting. The foredeck space is thus enlarged, which facilitates moving about on deck, whether you're making a sail change or dropping anchor. All lines are led aft to the cockpit to stoppers. The mainsail falls between the lazyjacks and the cover is on in an instant. The Dorade vents on the coachroof combine beauty with function: when turned to the "sailing" position, the sheets won't get trapped in the vents. The warmth and efficiency of a Philippe Starck interior awaits: shapes and soft curves, natural lighting, and plenty of ventilation via numerous opening ports and hatches. The navigator, comfortably seated at the nav station, can plot the course on the large chart table, and check all the electronics on board mounted on a removable, hinged panel. The fully-equipped galley comes with stainless steel gimballed stove with oven, large refrigerator, double sinks and plenty of storage space. The First 42s7 combines both science and performance, the enjoyment of life on board and the mastery of technology, giving the greatest possible pleasure for sailing long distance in comfort, and fast.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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