The J/42’s accommodation is optimized for two couples to comfortably sail offshore or gunkhole coastal regions. Two heads and two staterooms, a large salon, “U” shaped galley, and dedicated navigation station are well appointed. KITTIWAKE has the upgraded full cherry interior with wood faced bulkheads, hull side staving, and a custom cherry storage cabinet over the “V” berth. Starting forward is the owner’s stateroom with a large “V” berth and ensuite head. The main salon features long settees and an oversized centerline dropleaf table. The forward facing navigation station is to starboard of the companionway and the “U”-shaped galley is to port. The aft head is to port of the companionway and an enclosed aft stateroom is to starboard. The interior is well conceived for offshore sailing with ample handholds and an absence of wide open spaces. Stainless steel handrails run along the overhead on each side of the main cabin.
A 16” high, narrow bridgedeck capped with a solid teak threshold separates the cockpit from the interior. A smoked acrylic washboard and sliding overhead hatch close the companionway. The companionway ladder has stainless steel rails and five varnished teak treads with teak colored Treadmaster non-skid pads. An unvarnished teak grab rail is to starboard. The interior is well constructed with bulkheads and furniture glassed and tabbed to the deck and hull. Satin varnished cherry is used throughout. Cabin doors are oval in shape with solid wood frames and recessed panels. Doors lift off hinges for ease of maintenance. Most cabinet doors are of solid wood and louvered. Drawer and cabinet doors close securely with pushbutton pop out latches. Drawer fronts of solid cherry. Counters and shelves are fitted with cherry fiddles. The overhead is constructed of white padded vinyl panels secured with cherry battens. Interior hardware and fixtures are chrome finished. Positive door open and close latches allow for privacy or ventilation. The cabin sole is varnished teak and holly. Headroom generally measures 6’ 1” throughout the boat.
The forward stateroom is entered to starboard through a privacy door in the main bulkhead. The “V” berth measures 78” long by 28” forward and 74” aft. The double blue upholstered mattress cushions are 4” thick. A large top opening storage bin is beneath the mattress forward. Five additional smaller top opening bins are aft. Two drawers and a front opening storage cabinet are located in the aft face of the berth. Cherry hull side saving is outboard of the berths, below the deck edge. 54” long 7” wide bookshelves with removable keeper bars are located below the deck edge on each side of the berth. A custom double door storage cabinet is forward, up high, and fitted with an automatic light. Aft to starboard is a cabinet with two drawers below a 14” x 19” open/fiddled shelf, with a louvered door shelf locker above. A 27” long, tall hanging locker with oval opening is all the way aft to starboard. A mirror is mounted on the cabin door. Duplex 110V outlets, 12V outlet, an opening port, and overhead hatch, cowl vent, and two reading lights complete this cabin.
The forward head is ensuite and aft to port in the forward stateroom. Surfaces are finished white for ease of cleaning and brightness. From mid height down a white gel-coated fiberglass pan/vanity molding is well suited to showering. A molded-in sink with Omni pull out shower nozzle has storage beneath it. Two teak towel bars, a teak cup/toothbrush holder, 17” x 23” mirror, florescent light, mirrored slider cabinet, and open 5” wide shelf, white removable shower grate, overhead hatch, opening port, cowl vent, and two coat hooks complete this space.
The salon is full beam and a focal point of the accommodation. Settees are well designed for sitting or sleeping and measure 76” long. Cushions are divided on each side into three sections for ease of access to storage bins outboard of the seatbacks. Outboard, above the seat backs, over/under open bookshelves are flanked by louvered door storage cabinets. The salon table is mounted on centerline with side drop leafs. When open, the rounded-corner table measures 42” x 42” with 3/8” high fiddles. A top opening, flappable condiment holder lid covers 16” long by 7” wide by 16” deep bottle locker. Two drawer are located beneath the aft end of the table. Overhead spot lights are fitted with a dimmer. Four LED reading lights, an overhead hatch, and four opening ports complete this space.
Aft of the main salon, to port, and well situated to the companionway for ventilation, is the proper seagoing “U”-shaped galley. The countertops are topped with white Formica with beige flecks. A peninsula with double 12” x 12” x 8” stainless steel sinks is located on centerline for proper sink drainage when heeled. The sink is fitted with a pull out spray nozzle, single lever American Standard hot/cold faucet, and manual fresh and salt water foot pumps. Storage is located under the sink. A trash bin with sprung door is aft. Inboard of the sink peninsula a pull out cutting board with varnished handles snugly fits atop the counter over two drawers. This cutting board can also fit into cleats in the “U” as a seat; a great spot to sit and peel potatoes while cooking offshore in storm conditions. Outboard and forward a top opening 6.75 cubic foot fridge/freezer is fitted with a sliding acrylic shelf for organization of perishables. Aft of the fridge, a three burner Force Ten, gimballing stove/oven is fitted with a stainless steel crash bar for safety. A locker for pan storage is below the oven. Outboard of the fridge and oven two large storage lockers are closed with smoked acrylic sliders. An overhead spot light, two dome lights illuminating the counter, an opening port, and 110V duplex outlets complete this space. All galleyware including pots and pans, crockery, silverware, and galley tools now aboard KITTIWAKE are included.
To starboard of the galley is the forward facing navigation station. A 29” wide by 26” deep chart table hinges open to access a 4 ½” deep drawer for charts and nav tools. Three drawers are forward beneath the chart table. A cherry rack for nav tools is mounted forward on the partial bulkhead. Outboard, a black-faced cabinet for navigation, communications, and electrical system controls is found beneath the side decks. The navigator’s seat with upholstered cushion measures 27” wide by 17” deep. A 44” long by 8” wide open top “catch all” storage bin/shelf is outboard of the nav table and seat. A flex arm chart light, 110V duplex outlet, 12V outlet, and fixed cabinside port complete this space.
The aft stateroom/quarter cabin is entered through a privacy door to starboard of the companionway. Standing headroom is found just inside the cabin door. A mirror is mounted on the inside of the cabin door. A cabinet with a louvered locker door with two selves, atop an open fiddled shelve, above two drawers is all the way forward and outboard. Inboard, above the large engine access panel is a long drawer. The berth measures 72” long by 65” wide forward and 44: wide aft with a 24” by 24” peninsula forward/outboard. A top opening storage bin is beneath this forward peninsular dressing seat. An 8” wide by 100” long bookshelf with keeper bar is up high beneath the deck edge. An access panel to the steering system is aft. Three opening ports into the cockpit, an overhead hatch, a reading light, and 110V duplex outlet are provided.
Well situated adjacent and to port of the companionway is the aft head. Wisely finished in white with a smattering of cheering trim, the lower portion of this space is constructed of molded and gel-coated fiberglass for ease of maintenance. A Raritan head is forward and outboard. A sink, vanity with storage cabinet below and pull out nozzle is aft. A mirrored slider cabinet is above the sink. Outboard, beneath the deck edge, a rack with stainless steel coat hooks over an open “wet gear” locker provides ample space for wet foul weather gear. A removable shower grating, florescent light, opening port, overhead hatch, teak cup and toothbrush holder, and towel bar complete this space.